Which Active NFL Players Are Surefire Hall of Famers?

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Which Active NFL Players Are Surefire Hall of Famers?
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With the retirement of Ray Lewis (and the near retirement of Charles Woodson), the subject of which active players deserve to be in the Hall of Fame arises once again.

Nearly every team has a player destined for Canton.

There are some criteria for my list here. Of course, by active, I mean not retired. So Ronde Barber, who I believe should have a very good case for Canton, is not on this list. Ditto Ray Lewis, Steve Hutchinson and a few others.

Any player in the first two or three years of play isn't eligible. I know people think Andrew Luck/Robert Griffin III/Russell Wilson/Colin Kaepernick are the greatest thing since individually wrapped cupcakes, but after one or two years, we have no real idea.

Also, players who are still just four or five years in don't make the cut, though they get on the "just missed" list in some cases. Same with guys who have just had one or two dominant seasons—no matter how dominant. They may get there, but one moment does not a career make.

Of course, there are a few players so good in the beginning of their currently short careers that I snuck them on anyway.

Here are the guys I feel have to be in the Hall of Fame come the end of their careers (with a note at the end of the guys who just missed).

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