As football fans, our memories are rarely fully objective about our own teams and players, particularly as time passes and they recede further and further into the past.
We seem to be able to remember both the spectacular and the horrific sharply, but it tends to get blurry for everything in between.
In light of this, grading where many of our team's players stack up against other players across the league and across time is particularly difficult. Certainly, we can tell you how great Jim Brown was or that Mike Junkin and Mike Phipps were monumental draft busts with a lot of accuracy, but when discussing all those in between, things get fuzzy. Good players become great, and bad players become awful, and the more time that passes, the more our perceptions tend to shift to one extreme or the other.
That makes the task of compiling a list of Browns' Hall of Fame snubs a tall order. There's a good argument that for the sake of objectivity, such lists should be compiled by writers from a different team than the one being analyzed.
Still, it's tough to resist the temptation to fight for recognition for your own players when you feel they haven't gotten their due. Thus in my efforts to both do right by players I greatly admire and to look at Hall of Fame selections objectively, I've compiled a very short list of just four Browns who I believe to be legitimate Hall of Fame snubs.
As always, your opinions are greatly valued. Please share your thoughts on the possible Hall of Fame snubbed players listed here as well as any others you think are worthy of mention in the comments below.