The NFL's 53 Most Likely Future Hall of Fame Players

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The NFL's 53 Most Likely Future Hall of Fame Players
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Eli Manning and Aaron Rodgers: both headed to Canton one day?

We are getting closer to the 2012 Hall of Fame weekend, with the ceremony for new enshrinees on August 4.

In the NFL’s dead zone of early July, there is no better time to look at the active players that will one day enter Canton, establishing themselves as one of the best to ever play the game.

Looking at my research, in the 1960s when the AFL started and we had two leagues, an average of 61.9 active players eventually made it to the Hall of Fame.

After the merger in 1970, that average was 61.2 for the 1970s. It still may increase, as old players and senior candidates continue to be inducted.

Difficult to say whether or not the standards for enshrinement have increased, but chances are at least 50 active players (and perhaps up to 75) will one day be a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Who is most likely to be there?

We will take a position-by-position look at those 53 players. Many were no-brainers, but some required a bold prediction at this stage of their careers.

If you think your guy was snubbed, then that’s too bad. In choosing 53 players, some worthy players will be left out.

Note: Only players on a 2012 NFL roster were considered. Recently retired players like LaDainian Tomlinson, Hines Ward, Brian Dawkins, Olin Kreutz and Jason Taylor were not considered.

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