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Nothing to say here. First ballot slam dunk if there ever was one, and unlike Neon-Deion, he is a shut-down corner AND one of the best open field tacklers ever at CB.
The most deserving candidate not already in the HOF. Despite the hypocrisy for QBs where the focus is on SB championship "rings", TD gets ignored only because his career was cut short by injury. A 2,000 yard season, NFL and SB MVP, and the fact that John Elway and the Broncos would not have won their SBs without him make him a sure thing— eventually. Certainly the selectors will make him wait a few more years, but he is far more worthy than Jerome Bettis and Curtis Martin, who were very good for a long time, but never pushed their teams over the top.
Bettis’ SB win in his last game was almost in spite of him, given his fumble against the Colts in the AFC Championship should have cost the Steelers the game. He was washed up and had 43 yards on 14 carries in the SB win against Seattle, clearly on fumes, and wasn’t even the best back on the team (Willie Parker)—and don’t get me started on how the referees assisted the Steelers in that game!!
Rich "Tombstone" Jackson
One of the most feared defensive ends of his generation, Jackson is another Bronco that had his career cut short by a knee injury. Jackson will have to get in via the seniors committee, and without the support of high profile selectors like SI’s Dr. Z (currently too ill to participate), it will take years to get his due.
The glue of an offensive line that lead six different backs to 1,000 yard rushing seasons and two Super Bowl wins, Nalen was a five-time Pro Bowler that was the best at his position. "Silent treatment" of the media, though, will not help him with the selectors where most more personable, and flashy players seem to get more attention.
The main cog of the Orange Crush defense, Grandishar was one of the best middle linebackers in history against the run and should already be in the Hall. If Harry Carson is in the Hall, Grandishar should be a slam dunk.