My Top 10 "Why Aren't They in the NFL Hall of Fame?"
This is my personal list of former NFL players that are eligible for the Hall of Fame, but they're not in. I won't be throwing out any stats to back up my selections. I'm only selecting players that I've actually seen on live TV or at the games. I was born in 1965 so if they stopped playing before 1970, they're not on my list.
Chris Carter - Eagles, Vikings, Dolphins
Chris Carter is the best WR this side of Jerry Rice. A prime example of the impact not winning the Super Bowl can have.
Ken Anderson - Cincinnati Bengals
The first QB to effectively run the "West Coast" offense. Of course the Bengals let his offensive coach go in favor of Bill "Tiger" Johnson. Paul Brown chose Tiger over a man by the name of Bill Walsh and the rest is history.
Ken "the Snake" Stabler - Raiders, Oilers, Saints
A true battler that got the most out of limited skills. Not the strongest of arms and definitely not fleet of foot. Somehow always had the Raiders battling the Steelers for AFC supremacy. He's the reason why forward fumbles go back to the spot where the ball came out. His "Holy Roller" to Dave Casper is still a classic.
Ken Riley - Cincinnati Bengals
Known as "the Rattler". A small guy with a big heart. He was definitely one of the best CB's in the league during the 70's and early 80's. Had the Bengals won SB XVI he would be in the HOF.
Boomer Esiason - Bengals, Jets, Cardinals, Bengals
In an era of some fine QBs, probably the smartest of them all. Took the Bengals to SB XXIII, where if not for Lewis Billups, they would have won. Ended his career on a high note by ripping off win after win. Decided to go into broadcasting vs one more year in Cincy. Off the field charity work should also be a part of the HOF decision.
Ray Guy - Oakland Raiders
When you think of a great NFL Punter the first name to come to mind should be Ray Guy. The best player at his position while he played. Why on earth he's not in? The HOF doesn't like Al Davis and the exRaiders have been shunned because of it.
Roger Craig - 49ers, Raiders, Vikings
The best receiving RB in NFL history, period. Muliple SB winner and a huge reason why the "West Coast" offense worked for the Niners. This one puzzles me because he was a good runner too.
Jim Plunkett - Patriots, Raiders
Rough beginning to his career playing for the woeful Pats, but got finer with age like a good wine. Out of shape, maybe. Helmet too small, defintely. He just won baby. Al Davis could be hurting him too.
Aeneas Williams - Cardinals, Rams
The best CB during his career. Played for some awful Cardinal teams, but always made the Pro Bowl. Finally got his due by winning the SB with the Rams.
10a Dick Lebeau - Detroit Lions
Yes, Detroit Lions. Long before he became the best defensive coordinator in the NFL, Dick was an awesome DB. Yes, he played before I remember, but he should go in either way, a coordinator or DB. The good news is that 2010 he probably makes the HOF. A true pioneer of present day defensive strategies.
10b - Dave Kreig - Seahawks, Chiefs, Lions, Cardinals, Bears, Oilers
Never went to SB, but he threw the ball well enough to get Steve Largent into the HOF. If it were about numbers and stats, Kreig would easily be in.