NFL Lockout 2011: 10 Near-Hall Of Famers Who Need This Season

Doug Brodess@DougbrodessCorrespondent IApril 13, 2011

NFL Lockout 2011: 10 Near-Hall Of Famers Who Need This Season

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    The fans aren't the only ones who REALLY want to make sure that there is NFL action this fall.

    There are a handful of players who want to have another quality season to move themselves toward a better chance at the Hall of Fame.

    They've had very good careers but they still need to put some final touches on their NFL resume so that they have a good shot at Canton.

    The following are 10 Near-Hall of Famers who need this season:

10. Alan Faneca: Arizona Cardinals

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    316 lbs.

    College: LSU (Round 1, Pick 26)


    NFL Teams:

    Pittsburgh Steelers (1998-2007)

    New York Jets (2008-2009)

    Arizona Cardinals (2010-present)


    Though Alan Faneca may not be known as well as some of the other players on this list, he may have the least amount to add to his already impressive NFL resume in order to qualify for Canton.

    Faneca is a nine-time Pro Bowl selection (2001-2009).

    He was named to the NFL 2000's All-Decade Team.

    He was a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers XL Super Bowl championship team. 

    Faneca has recovered nine fumbles in his NFL career. 

9. Steve Hutchinson: Minnesota Vikings

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    Offensive Guard


    313 lbs.

    College: Michigan (Round 1, Pick 17)


    NFL Teams:

    Seattle Seahawks (2001-2005)

    Minnesota Vikings (2006-present)


    Hutchinson is another offensive linemen that is well on his way to being a Hall of Famer.

    Hutchinson is a seven-time Pro Bowl selection (2003-2009).

    He was named to the NFL 2000's All-Decade Team.

    He has started every game (143) that he has played in his NFL career. 

8. Adam Vinatieri: Indianapolis Colts

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    202 lbs.

    College: South Dakota State (Undrafted)


    NFL Teams:

    New England Patriots (1996-2005)

    Indianapolis Colts (2006-present)


    Not too many kickers have been inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame, but Adam Vinatieri may be the next one.

    Vinatieri is a two-time Pro Bowl selection (2002, 2004).

    He was named to the NFL 2000's All-Decade Team.

    He was a member of the New England Patriots Super Bowl XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX championship teams and the Indianapolis Colts XLI Super Bowl championship team. 

    Vinatieri is currently in 11th place in NFL history for made FGs (364).

7. Richard Seymour: Oakland Raiders

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    Defensive Tackle


    310 lbs.

    College: Georgia (Round 1, Pick 6)


    NFL Teams:

    New England Patriots (2001-2008)

    Oakland Raiders (2009-present)


    Richard Seymour is one of the NFL's best defensive tackles to play in the 2000's.

    Seymour is a six-time Pro Bowl selection (2002-2006, 2010).

    He was named to the NFL 2000's All-Decade Team.

    He was a member of the New England Patriots Super Bowl XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX championship teams. 

    Seymour has 48.5 sacks and four forced fumbles so far in his career. 

6. Terrell Owens: Cincinnati Bengals

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    Wide Receiver


    224 lbs.

    College: Tennessee-Chattanooga (Round 3, Pick 89)


    NFL Teams:

    San Francisco 49ers (1996-2003)

    Philadelphia Eagles (2004-05)

    Dallas Cowboys (2006-08)

    Buffalo Bills (2009)

    Cincinnati Bengals (2010-present)


    T.O. will be ready for a little T.O.-time come September.

    Owens has been a six-time Pro Bowl selection (2000-2004, 2007).

    He was selected to the NFL 2000's All-Decade Team.

    He is the only player in NFL history to score at least two TDs against all 32 NFL teams.

    He is among five other NFL receivers (Don Hutson, Tim Brown, Cris Carter, Jerry Rice and Marvin Harrison) who have had at least six TD receptions in 11 consecutive seasons.

    Owens is tied for second all-time in receiving touchdowns with Randy Moss (152) and behind Jerry Rice (208).

    He is second all-time in receiving yards (15,865) behind Jerry Rice (22,895).

5. Jason Taylor: Free Agent

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    Defensive End/Outside Linebacker


    250 lbs.

    College: Akron (Round 3, Pick 73)


    NFL Teams:

    Miami Dolphins (1997-2007)

    Washington Redskins (2008)

    Miami Dolphins (2009)

    New York Jets (2010)


    Jason Taylor wants to finish his NFL career on a high note.

    Taylor was selected as for the Dolphins Newcomer of the Year award in 1997.

    He has been a Pro-Bowl selection six times in his career and was the AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2006.

    He was selected as the Walter Payton Man of the Year award winner in 2007.

    Taylor is currently the NFL all-time leader in fumble return TD's with six.

4. Joey Porter: Arizona Cardinals

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    248 lbs.

    College: Colorado State (Round 3, Pick 73)


    NFL Teams:

    Pittsburgh Steelers (1999-2006)

    Miami Dolphins (2007-2009)

    Arizona Cardinals (2010-present)


    When you think of big-time NFL Linebackers, Joey Porter's name is near the top of that list.

    Porter is a four-time Pro Bowl selection (2002, 2004, 2005, 2008).

    He was named to the NFL 2000's All-Decade Team.

    He was a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl XL championship team. 

    Porter has 97 sacks and 12 interceptions so far in his career. 

3. London Fletcher: Washington Redskins

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    Middle Linebacker


    245 lbs.

    College: John Carroll (Undrafted)


    NFL Teams:

    St. Louis Rams (1998-2001)

    Buffalo Bills (2002-2006)

    Washington Redskins (2007-present)


    London Fletcher has had to battle for everything that he's accomplished in his NFL career.

    Fletcher began his professional career with the St. Louis Rams as an undrafted free agent.

    He was the Rams Rookie of the Year in 1998.

    He has been a two-time Pro-Bowl selection (2009, 2010).

    He was a member of the St. Louis Rams' Super Bowl XXXIV championship team.

    A ferocious defender, Fletcher had the most tackles of any NFL player from 2000-2009 (1,244).

    One of the most durable players of his time...Fletcher has never missed a game in his career.

2. Jevon Kearse: Free Agent

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    Defensive End


    265 lbs.

    College: Florida (Round 1, Pick 16)


    NFL Teams:

    Tennessee Titans (1999-2003)

    Philadelphia Eagles (2004-2007)

    Tennessee Titans (2008-2009)


    Kearse didn't wait to get warmed up in pro football...He exploded on the NFL!

    In his rookie season (1999), he was the AFC Defensive Player of the Year, the AFC sack leader, and the AP NFL Rookie of the Year.

    He is a three-time Pro-Bowl selection.

    In 2010, he made it known that he was not retired and was looking forward to playing during the NFL season. However, he went through the season unsigned.

1. Tiki Barber: Free Agent

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    Running Back


    205 lbs.

    College: Virginia (Round 2, Pick 36)


    NFL Team:

    New York Giants (1997-2006)


    Barber has filed for reinstatement following his retirement.

    While the New York Giants still retain the rights to Barber, the Giants reportedly plan to release him once the NFL and the NFLPA reach a collective bargaining agreement.

    Will someone actually sign Tiki Barber to have one last hurrah?

    Barber played his most recent game on February 10, 2007 at the 2007 Pro Bowl in Hawaii.

    He is a three-time Pro-Bowler (2005-07).

    He is the third player in NFL history (with Marshall Faulk and Marcus Allen) to gain more than 10,000 rushing yards and 5,000 receiving yards. in an NFL career.

    In 2005, Barber became one of three players in NFL history with at least three 200-yard rushing games in a season (O.J. Simpson had three in 1973 and Earl Campbell ran for 200 yards four times in 1980).

    In 2006, he became the fourth player in NFL history to have four 2,000 total yard seasons, joining Marshall Faulk, Brian Mitchell and Dante Hall.

    Barber led the Giants in rushing in every game from the beginning of the 2002 season through the end of the 2006 season, an NFL record 80 consecutive games.