The Pro Football Hall of Fame has seven new members, but there are still a few legends who will have to wait at least one more year until they are given the recognition they deserve.
The NFL Network listed the players who will be headed to Canton, Ohio this summer to take their place among football’s all-time greats:
2013 Hall of Fame Class: Larry Allen, Cris Carter, Jonathan Ogden, Bill Parcells, Dave Robinson, Warren Sapp, Curly Culp. #HOF— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) February 2, 2013
While all of those who were not selected this year handled themselves with grace and dignity, a few players should be furious about being snubbed this year.
Here are the most appalling omissions from the 2013 class of Hall of Famers.
Michael Strahan, Defensive End
Michael Strahan was one of the most dominant pass-rushers in NFL history, but his remarkable career was not enough to make him a first-ballot Hall of Famer.
Larry Allen, Jonathan Ogden and Warren Sapp were all admitted. This makes Strahan the only player in the group of first-time candidates who did not make it into this year's class.
After setting the single-season sack record, taking down opposing quarterbacks 141.5 times and playing an instrumental role in the New York Giants' 2007 championship, Strahan certainly had a strong case for admission.
Strahan is certainly the most surprising omission, and it is unlikely that the voters will make the same mistake again next year.
Art Modell, Owner
The 2013 Hall of Fame class was announced on the NFL Network, and there is no doubt that the league would never have gotten to a point where it had its own television station without Art Modell's contributions.
While football fans from Cleveland may never forgive him for moving the Browns to Baltimore, his service in labor negotiations, network deals and in the front office of his teams was exceptional.
Without Modell, the league would not be enjoying such incredible financial success. His foresight and leadership allowed him to make an everlasting impact on the NFL.
Modell is another man who must end up in the Hall of Fame eventually, and the voters deserve criticism each time they pass him up.
Kevin Greene, Outside Linebacker/Defensive End
Bruce Smith and Reggie White are the only two players in NFL history who have more sacks than Kevin Greene.
When this is the sort of company a pass-rusher keeps, there is no doubt that he belongs in the Hall of Fame. But for the second year in a row, Greene’s name did not make it onto the list of inductees.
As one of the league’s true wild men, Greene was extremely entertaining and incredibly productive.
He was a fan favorite with the stats to justify his place among history’s elite football players, and his accomplishments during his career should have been recognized this year.
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