Here is my list of retired NFL players who are Hall of Fame worthy. Let me know if you agree or disagree in the comments!
Peyton Manning, Quarterback, Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos
Highlights: 2 Super Bowl victories, 539 touchdown passes (1st all-time), 71,940 passing yards (1st all-time), 14-time Pro Bowl selection, 5 MVP awards, 55 touchdown pass season.
is my pick for the best quarterback all-time, so it will be no surprise when he rolls into Canton in five years. Manning owns most of the passing records in the history books and ended on the top with a win in Super Bowl 50.
Matt Hasselbeck, Quarterback, Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans, Indianapolis Colts
Highlights: 3-time Pro Bowl, Super Bowl appearance (XL), 212 touchdown passes, 82.4 passer rating
won’t be remembered as one of the greats, but he had a solid career as both a starter and a backup. After backing up legend Brett Favre
, he led the Seahawks to success in the early 2000s and a Super Bowl appearance. After leaving Seattle, Hasselbeck was one of the league’s best backups, seeing a lot of action with Tennessee and Indianapolis.
Marshawn Lynch, Running Back, Buffalo Bills, Seattle Seahawks
Highlights: Super Bowl victory, 2 Super Bowl appearances, Beast Mode run vs. Saints, 5-time Pro Bowl, All-Pro, 9,112 rushing yards, 83 total touchdowns, two-time league leader in touchdowns.
Few players have had the postseason impact of "Beast Mode."
Lynch latched on to the Seahawks as they rose to greatness and will be remembered for his lengthy, tackle-busting touchdowns. He played a key role in the Seahawks Super Bowl appearances, though the questionable passing playcall at the end of Super Bowl XLIX will always be part of his legacy. For his playoff greatness, Lynch should be in the Hall of Fame.
Calvin Johnson, Wide Receiver, Detroit Lions
Highlights: 1,964 receiving yard season, 6-time Pro Bowl, 3-time All Pro, five career 200+ yard games, 329 receiving yard game, 11,619 receiving yards, 83 touchdowns
was at the top of his game, he was at the top of his game. One of the most physically talented players in NFL history, Johnson could beat triple coverage and was the Barry Sanders
of the 2000s Lions. Like Sanders, he retired early, at age 30, but his dominance puts him in serious Hall of Fame consideration.
Logan Mankins, Offensive Guard, New England Patriots, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Highlights: 7-time Pro Bowl, All Pro selection, 5-time 2nd team All Pro, 2 Super Bowl appearances
didn’t make headlines, but his play helped the Patriots dominate the AFC every year. Unfortunately for him, he was traded from the Patriots to Tampa Bay months before the Patriots won their first championship in over 10 years.
B.J. Raji, Defensive Tackle, Green Bay Packers
Highlights: Pro Bowl, Super Bowl (XLV), 155 tackles, 11 sacks
The signature moment of B.J. Raji’s career will always be his pick-six in the NFC Championship Game in 2011. The 337-lb lineman snatched a Caleb Hanie
pass and rumbled 15 yards for the score. His end zone dance was legendary and he owns the record for heaviest player to score a pick-six in the postseason.
Jared Allen, Defensive End, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears, Carolina Panthers
Highlights: 136 sacks, 31 forced fumbles, 5-time Pro Bowl, 4-time All Pro, 22-sack season, 4 career safeties (T-1st all-time).
One of the premier pass rushers of his generation, Jared Allen was a sack master in his first two football stops, Kansas City and Minnesota. With the Vikings, Allen reached double-digit sack totals each of his six seasons, with three over 14 sacks. Allen certainly deserves to be in the Hall of Fame conversation.
Jerod Mayo, Linebacker, New England Patriots
Highlights: 2-time Pro Bowl, All Pro selection, Super Bowl (XLIX), Defensive Rookie of the Year
Jerod Mayo had an up-and-down career but his career resume includes a Super Bowl ring and Defensive Rookie of the Year award.
Rashean Mathis, Cornerback, Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions
Highlights: Pro Bowl, 647 tackles, 32 interceptions
The longtime Jaguar was one of the more underrated defensive players, starting for 10 straight seasons in Jacksonville.
Charles Woodson, Defensive Back, Oakland Raiders, Green Bay Packers
Highlights: Heisman Trophy, Super Bowl (XLV), 9-time Pro Bowl, Defensive Player of the Year (2009), 4-time All-Pro, 65 career interceptions.
Coming off a decorated college career, Charles Woodson picked up right where he left off. Woodson reached the Super Bowl with his first team, the Raiders, but it was in Green Bay that he won the Super Bowl. Even at the end of his career, Woodson was a top-five defensive back and is a sure-fire Hall of Famer.
-Kid Reporter John