The word "immortality" might be the most overused word in the sporting world next to "bust."
Though the words are intrinsically different, when talking about football, immortality and bust go hand in hand—but with a different meaning.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio welcomed its newest members this past week, cementing their allure in football history with a bronze bust.
The 2011 enshrined members, such as Deion Sanders, Marshall Faulk and NFL Films wizard Ed Sabol, were all very deserving of their Hall of Fame stature and represent the game of football with class.
Watching "Prime Time" Deion Sanders reveal his bronze bust in Deion-esque style brought back some great memories of his playing days and reminded me of the kind of talent it takes to join the exclusive Hall of Fame club.
A Pro Bowl appearance or a Super Bowl ring doesn't justify anyone to be enshrined in Canton; it takes a lot more than that.
Hall of Famers like Sanders and Faulk put up Pro Bowl numbers for years at a time. Hall of Famers are the most consistent players to ever play the game, and each has molded the game to the stature it is at today.
But I know as a fan that sometimes the greatest debates are on the players who are not Canton shoo-ins.
Let's take a look at each NFL team's greatest candidate for the Hall of Fame.
Let the debate begin!