Top 5 Players Not Enshrined In Canton

Monty SinghSenior Analyst IAugust 2, 2008

Thousands and thousands of players get a shot to play in the NFL, but only hundreds get to make the elite class in the Hall of Fame.

This year Art Monk is the many of the top players to finally make it into the hall of fame. There are many others who are still for some reason not enshrined Canton. My top 5 are:

Ricky Watters - Watters has the numbers to land himself in the hall as his numbers are even better than most backs in it. The thing holding him back was his personality that did not go well with too many.

Watters played for the 49ers, Eagles, and Seahwaks where he won a Super Bowl with the 49ers in 1994.

He was known for his flashy running style and receiving skills, which got him 10,643 rushing yards, 4,248 yards receiving and 91 total touchdowns in regular season play.

Watters also stands alone for rushing over a 1,000 yards with 3 different teams.

The reason he does not get votes is because of his mouth and personality. The 5 time Pro Bowler should not be held out because of the way he was when he was not on the field. He represents why voters should look only at a player's on the field stats. This goes for all sports.

Jerry Kramer - This is the original Brett Favre in Green Bay. He was not a QB but a offensive lineman who led his teams way to 5 Super Bowl "Packer Sweep."

In 1958 he came in to win the first 2 Super Bowls at right guard. There is no reason why he should not be in the hall of fame.

I only have seen tape and heard things about him. He was argued as one of the most dominant offensive line man in the history of the game.

He gives a reason to before any one awards a QB for his accomplishments, give props to the man blocking for him.

Cris Carter - The wideout for the Eagles, Vikings, and Dolphins got to 8 straight Pro-Bowls and as every one who watched him said "He just caught touchdowns."

The man could obviously play. In the 1990's he wad named to the All-Decade Team. The reason behind that was because he was second all time  behind the greatest player in NFL History Jerry Rice in career receptions with 1,101 and 130 TD's by a receiver.

He is also one of only 4 players in NFL History with 1,000 or more receptions. He is the only player to record more than 120 receptions in a season, in which he did in 1994 and 1995.

His off the field problems had him in trouble in the NFL and if that is the reason he is not in the hall it is a shame like it is to Watters.

Bob Hayes - The fastest man to ever play the game was not statistically the greatest, but the way he revolutionized the game into the speed we see today should have him in the pro hall of fame.

He was a gold medalist sprinter who went to the Dallas Cowboys. This revolutionary player changed the game forever.

Hayes finished his 11 year career with 371 receptions for 7,414 yards and 71 touchdowns, giving him an impressive 20 yards per catch average! He also rushed for 68 yards, gained 581 yards on 23 kickoff returns, and returned 104 punts for 1,158 yards and 3 touchdowns.

He still holds 10 regular season receiving records, four punt return records and 22 overall franchise marks, making him one of the greatest receivers to ever play for the Cowboys

The way he changed the game to the way we see it today should have him recognized forever.

Derrick Thomas - The linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs goes down in NFL history as one of the greatest to ever play the game.

The Defensive Player of the Year and 9 time Pro Bowler should have him in the hall. He totaled 126.5 sacks in his career and still holds the single game record of 7 sacks.

He is apart of an elite group of 22 all time who have 100 or more sacks. He also has 45 career  forced fumbles, which is an NFL record.

He is one of the greatest players to ever play the game on the defensive end and deserves to have his name next to all the other legendary linebackers.


The Pro Football Hall of Fame is the elite class in NFL history. It is a time to look back at all of those who revolutionized the game we see today. It is good to look back and appreciate what they have done for the game.