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Top 10 Pro Football Hall of Fame Classes of All Time

Seth RabinContributor IIIOctober 7, 2016

Top 10 Pro Football Hall of Fame Classes of All Time

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                               The Hall of Fame has been around for almost 50 years and has had the greatest inducted.  But which classes had the best collection of Hall of Famers at one time?

10: 2004

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    Bob Brown- 6 Pro Bowls, First-Team All-Pro 5 times, and a member of the 1960s All-Decade team.

    Carl Eller- 6 Pro Bowls, First-Team All-Pro 5 times, a member of the "Purple People Eaters", and helped the Vikings go to 4 Super Bowls.

    John Elway- 9 Pro Bowls, over 50,000 yards passing, took the Broncos to 5 Super Bowls and won 2, and has more 4th quarter comebacks than any quarterback in NFL history.

    Barry Sanders- 3rd in rushing yards all-time, went to the Pro Bowl for every year he played in the NFL, and rushed for 2,000 yards in a season.

9: 2005

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    Benny Friedman- Led league in touchdown passes from 1927 to 1930, set records for touchdowns in a season, touchdowns as a rookie, and all-time touchdowns.

    Dan Marino- 17 seasons as a Dolphin, went to 9 Pro Bowls, and retired as holder of many passing records.

    Fritz Pollard- A huge contributor for Akron Indians to win NFL's first championship, coached 4 different teams, and set the bar for African Americans to play in the NFL.

    Steve Young- Threw for 232 touchdowns, rushed for 43 touchdowns, threw for 33,124 yards, rushed for 4,239 yards, and retired with the highest quarterback rating in NFL history.

8: 2006

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    Troy Aikman- Led the Cowboys to 3 Super Bowl victories, went to 6 straight Pro Bowls, and was a member of the "Triplets" with Hall of Famers Michael Irvin and Emmitt Smith.

    Harry Carson- Played in 173 games, went to 9 Pro Bowls, and helped lead the Giants to their first Super Bowl win.

    John Madden- Led the Raiders to their first Super Bowl win, coached numerous Hall of Famers, and has the best winning percentage in NFL history.

    Warren Moon- The only African American quarterback in the Hall of Fame, went to 9 Pro Bowls, and threw for 291 touchdowns.

    Reggie White- Went to 13 straight Pro Bowls, ranks 2nd in sacks, First-Team All-Pro 10 times, and is a member of the 1980s and 1990s All-Decade teams.

    Rayfield Wright- Went to 6 Pro Bowls, is a member of the 1970s All-Decade, and helped the Cowboys win 2 Super Bowls.

7: 1990

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    Buck Buchanan- Played 13 seasons with the Chiefs, was an AFL All-Star selection 6 times, and helped the Chiefs go to 2 Super Bowls and win 1.

    Bob Griese- Helped the Dolphins go to 3 straight Super Bowls, went to 6 Pro Bowls, and helped the team cap off an undefeated season in 1972.

    Franco Harris- One of the key figures of the Steelers dynasty in the 1970s, went to 9 straight Pro Bowls, and scored the greatest touchdown in NFL history.

    Ted Hendricks- The tallest linebacker in the Hall of Fame, helped the Colts win a Super Bowl and helped the Raiders win 3 Super Bowls, and selected for the 75th Anniversary All-Time team.

    Jack Lambert- Went to 9 straight Pro Bowls, was Defensive Player of the Year, and was one of the leaders of the greatest defense in NFL history.

    Tom Landry- Coached the Cowboys for 29 seasons, took them to 5 Super Bowls, and had the coolest hat ever.

    Bob St. Clair- Went to 5 Pro Bowls, was All-Pro 9 times, and has his jersey retired by the San Francisco 49ers.

6: 1985

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    Frank Gatski- Won 4 NFL championships, 3 of them with the Cleveland Browns, the other one with the Detroit Lions.

    Joe Namath- Was AFL MVP twice, became the 1st quarterback to throw for 4,000 yards in a season, and led the greatest upset in professional football history.

    Pete Rozelle- Helped merge the AFL and NFL as one league, helped put professional football on TV, and was commissioner for 30 years.

    O.J. Simpson- First running back to rush for 2,000 yards in a season, rushed for 11,236 yards, 61 touchdowns, and averaged 4.7 yards per carry.

    Roger Staubach- Led the Cowboys to 4 Super Bowls, winning 2 of them, went to 6 Pro Bowls, and was a member of the 1970s All-Decade team.

5: 1987

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    Larry Csonka- Went to 5 straight Pro Bowls, helped the Dolphins win 2 Super Bowls, scored 68 touchdowns, rushed for 8,081 yards, and averaged 4.3 yards per carry.

    Len Dawson- Was an AFL All-Star 6 times, led the Chiefs to 2 Super Bowls, and threw for 28,711 yards and 239 touchdowns.

    Joe Greene- Went to 10 Pro Bowls, was a 2-time Defensive Player of the Year, helped the Steelers win 4 Super Bowls, and is the greatest Steelers player of all time.

    John Henry Johnson- Went to 4 Pro Bowls, was the 4th All-Time Leading Rusher when he retired, and was a member of the "Million Dollar Backfield".

    Jim Langer- Went to 6 straight Pro Bowls, played in Super Bowls VII and VIII, was inducted in his first year of eligibility.

    Don Maynard- Made 633 receptions, had 11,834 receiving yards, and helped the Jets win Super Bowl III.

    Gene Upshaw- Went to 6 straight Pro Bowls, helped the Raiders win Super Bowls XI and XV, and is a member of the 1970s All-Decade team.

4: 1993

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    Dan Fouts- Went to 6 Pro Bowls, was the 1982 Offensive Player of the Year, threw for 43,040 yards, and was the leader of "Air Coryell".

    Larry Little- Went to 5 Pro Bowls, helped the Dolphins win 2 Super Bowls, and is a member of the 1970s All-Decade team.

    Chuck Noll- One of 2 dynasty coaches in this class, coached the Steelers for 23 years, and won 4 Super Bowls.

    Walter Payton- Went to 9 Pro Bowls, was First-Team All-Pro 6 times, was NFL MVP, Pro Bowl MVP, 2nd in rushing yards, and could be the greatest halfback of all time.

    Bill Walsh- Elevated offensive football, won 3 Super Bowls, and was Coach of the Year in 1981.

3: 1963

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    Sammy Baugh- Was First-Team All-Pro 7 times, led the Redskins to 2 NFL championship victories, and threw for 21,886 yards.

    Bert Bell- Was the owner of the Steelers and Eagles, established notable rules in the NFL, recognized NFL Players Association.

    Joe Carr- NFL president for 19 years, brought collegiate players into the NFL, and introduced standard player's contract.

    Dutch Clark- All-Pro selection 6 times, led the Detroit Lions to an NFL championship victory, and was a member of the 1930s All-Decade team.

    Red Grange- One of the first nationwide stars of the NFL, is a member of the 1920s All-Decade team, and helped the Bears win back-to-back championships.

    George Halas- One of the founders of the NFL, took the Bears to 8 NFL championships, and is the 2nd winningest head coach in NFL history.

    Mel Hein- Helped the Giants win 2 NFL Championships, is a member of the 75th Anniversary All-Time team, and has his jersey retired.

    Pete Henry- Won 3 NFL Championships with the Giants and Canton Bulldogs and is a member of the 1920s All-Decade team.

    Cal Hubbard- Won 4 NFL Championships with the Giants and Packers and is also a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

    Don Hutson- Won 3 NFL Championships in his 11-year career with the Packers, led the league in touchdowns 8 times, and is a member of the 75th Anniversary All-Time team.

    Curly Lambeau- The winningest head coach in Packers history, won 6 NFL championships, and coached many Hall of Famers.

    Tim Mara- Was the owner of the Giants for 35 years and won 4 NFL championships.

    George Preston Marshall- Was the owner of the Redskins for 38 years and won 2 NFL championships.

    John McNally- Won 5 NFL Championships with the Packers and is a member of the 1930s All-Decade team.

    Bronko Nagurski- Averaged 4.4 yards per carry, won 3 NFL championships with the Bears and is a member of the 75th Anniversary All-Time team.

    Ernie Nevers- Played for the Duluth Eskimos and Chicago Cardinals and is a member of the 1920s All-Decade team.

    Jim Thorpe- Considered the greatest college football player of all time, he was the first NFL president and co-founder of the Canton Bulldogs.

2: 2010

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    Russ Grimm- Went to 4 straight Pro Bowls, won 3 Super Bowls with the Redskins, and is a member of the 1980s All-Decade team.

    Rickey Jackson- Went to 6 Pro Bowls, made 128 sacks, and was a part of the greatest linebacking corp of all time.

    Dick LeBeau- Started 171 consecutive games at cornerback, went to 3 Pro Bowls, and made 62 interceptions.

    Floyd Little- Went to 3 Pro Bowls, rushed for 6,323 yards, and averaged 3.9 yards per carry.

    John Randle- Went to 7 Pro Bowls, was First-Team All-Pro 6 times, and made more sacks than any defensive tackle in NFL history.

    Jerry Rice- Has more receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns than any player in NFL history.

    Emmitt Smith- Ran for more touchdowns and yards than any player in NFL history.

1: 1971

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    Jim Brown- Was a Pro Bowler in every year he played in the NFL, was First-Team All-Pro 8 times, was a 3-time NFL MVP, and a 3-time Pro Bowl MVP.  How is this guy not the greatest player of all time?

    Bill Hewitt- Won 2 NFL championships with the Bears, is a member of the 1930s All-Decade team, and is an Eagles Honor Roll inductee.

    Frank Kinard- Played in the NFL and AAFC, played in over 100 games as offensive tackle, and was All-Pro 5 times.

    Vince Lombardi- Won 5 of 6 NFL championships, had 10 Hall of Famers on his team, and has the Super Bowl trophy named after him.  He's the greatest coach in NFL history.

    Andy Robustelli- Went to 7 Pro Bowls, was First-Team All-Pro 7 times, and won the Bert Bell Award in 1962.

    Y.A. Tittle- Went to 7 Pro Bowls, was NFL MVP, and took the New York Giants to the NFL championship in 1963, the year he was MVP.

    Norm Van Brocklin- Went to 9 Pro Bowls, won a championship with the Rams and the Eagles, and is a member of the 1950s All-Decade team.

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