10 Veteran NFL Players Pushing for the Hall of Fame

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10 Veteran NFL Players Pushing for the Hall of Fame
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There are about a dozen players in the National Football League who could retire now and earn enshrinement to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility. 

Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Drew Brees are three of the greatest quarterbacks in league history. Combined, they've thrown for more than 1,000 career touchdown passes, won seven Most Valuable Player awards and led their respective teams to five Super Bowl titles. Anything they do in the next few years will only add to their already incredible legacies. 

Other players around the NFL who are a lock to reach the Hall of Fame include Adrian Peterson, Calvin Johnson and Champ Bailey. 

But a lot of veterans nearing the end of their careers are making a final push for the Hall of Fame. For some, it's a matter of reaching a specific milestone, like 1,000 career catches or 150 sacks. For others, it's just a matter of turning in a few more seasons at their typically productive level.

The following slides will highlight, in order by position, ten different active players who are making a late-career push to earn a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. 

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