NFL Hall Of Famers Who Might Not Have Earned It

Football | 8/12/19

The Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio is a little bit different from the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Fans don’t take the Football HOF quite as seriously as they do the Baseball HOF and the arguments about who gets in are a bit more nuanced.

That doesn’t mean, though, that there aren’t some puzzling decisions. There can be some arguments made about what was considered “great” in different eras. Today, though it is easier to create a baseline for comparisons. Here are a number of Football Hall of Famers who’s enshrinement can be argued against.

Lynn Swann

2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame Fan Fest
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Lynn Swann had an incredibly memorable NFL career. Not only was the wide receiver known for his remarkably balletic catches, but he was also a member of four Super Bowl-winning teams. When comparing his resume against other Hall of Fame WR’s, however, it is sorely lacking.

Swann only made one All-Pro team back in 1978 and he was only a three-time Pro-Bowler. His career-high in catches during a season was a mere 61. He never surpassed 1,000 yards in a single season either. Swann falls well under the high bar set for new WR inductees.