The NFL Hall of Fame has 260 members at this point. We have been counting down the NFL Network’s “Top 100.” As a result, I have noted how many Hall of Famers were a part of that group. There were 84 men from the Hall of Fame, and 16 were active players. That leaves 16 men from the Hall of Fame out of the picture. Why would they be left out?
As we look back over history conservatively, let’s consider that the NFL has been in existence for 90 years (that is very, very conservative).
Let us take an average and say that the league had 20 teams each year. Allowing for the fact that men played multiple years, let us just use for numbers starting lineups. So if we take 20 teams times 11 men times 90 years, we get 19,800 players. That means that the Hall of Fame represents less than one and a half percent of the players who ever played the game, and that the “Top 100” would represent less than 1 percent. Now I believe there have been many more players than 19,800, but until I research it, we will not know.
I have 12 more men to write about in the “Top 100” countdown. As I have already written, I am dramatically disappointed with the entire program.
I hope this article gives you the reader the understanding as to why I think we need to look at a different way to search for the “Top 100,” and further I think we need to examine the other men in the Hall of Fame one-by-one.
Where were Steve Largent and Fred Biletnikoff in the “Top 100?” These guys were solid stars and on par with many people who were named. Where was John Riggins? Where are the kickers like Jan Stenerud and oh my goodness George Blanda!? In fact, I wonder why more kickers aren’t in the Hall of Fame.
I have come to believe that when there are “contests” like the “Top 100,” they are designed to incorporate teams which of course incorporate fans.
Hey, where was Larry Csonka?
NFL Network’s Website, “The Top 100: NFL’s Greatest Players”
Hall of Fame Website, “Alphabetically”
Rauzuli’s Street Website, “AFL and NFL League Standings Year By Year”