Debating Hall of Fame credentials, even for an eminently qualified player like Hines Ward, has become a favorite pastime for fans and football analysts alike in recent years.
While it's unclear if any of this talking has much impact when it comes time to vote, it's guaranteed to give people something to talk about.
Hines Ward is a player that often can polarize a conversation (assuming there are non-Pittsburgh fans present). But he has some solid credentials.
Here's a look at five reasons why Ward will be a Hall of Fame inductee someday.