All 32 NFL Teams, Ranked by Number of Hall of Famers
Great players. Great moments. Great memories. The NFL is filled with storied franchises, long-suffering teams, new kids on the block and middling teams. Whether the club has won multiple Super Bowls or is searching for its first Lombardi Trophy, chances are some Hall of Fame talent has graced the roster.
Which teams have the most members in Canton? The results are surprising, and not always aligned with team success. These players — along with a few notable coaches, executives and owners — defined generations and, in many cases, led their teams to new heights.
See how many Hall of Famers each NFL franchise has.
Note: All data is from the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The number of Hall of Famers listed per franchise is based on where players spent the majority of their careers and made their primary contributions. Some players with significant contributions to multiple teams are counted twice.
Jacksonville Jaguars — 0
Two Jaguars have a legitimate case to be Hall of Famers: Mark Brunell and Tony Boselli.
Brunell is a long shot based on numbers, but his impact can be likened to a Joe Namath, albeit on a much smaller scale. His early success as a Jaguar may be the reason the franchise is still in north Florida.
Boselli, an all-time great tackle, is one of the few "how is he not in yet?" cases left.
Potential Hall of Famers for Jacksonville Jaguars
Another possibility besides Mark Brunell and Tony Boselli is running back Fred Jackson, who played 11 off his 13 NFL seasons in Jacksonville and rushed for 11,271 yards and 62 touchdowns as a Jaguar.
There are 28 running backs from the modern era in the Hall of Fame. Taylor's 11,695 career rushing yards ranks 17th on the all-time rushing list, and everyone in front of him is in Canton except for Adrian Peterson and Frank Gore, who both are still active and will be enshrined after they retire.
Some of the Hall of Fame running backs behind Taylor on the all-time rush list include John Riggins (11,352 career rushing yards), O.J. Simpson (11,236), Joe Perry (9,723), Earl Campbell (9,407), Jim Taylor (8,597), Larry Csonka (8,081) and Terrell Davis (7,607).
Taylor never won a ring and played in a small market on some bad teams, but he could ball.
In Their Own Words: Jacksonville Jaguars
"You can't be a good leader without good character." —Tony Boselli
Houston Texans — 0
A franchise without a Hall of Fame player, the Texans likely will get off the schneid in 2021, when wide receiver Andre Johnson is up for enshrinement.
Johnson played 12 of his 14 NFL seasons in Houston, catching 1,012 passes for 13,597 yards. It wasn't enough to win a playoff game in Houston.
The big wide receiver then moved on to Indianapolis and Tennessee and finished his career with 1,062 catches and 14,185 receiving yards.
Potential Hall of Famers for Houston Texans
Johnson might not be the lone Texan getting a yellow jacket. J.J. Watt has played his entire career with Houston and racked up 96 sacks in his first 112 games over nine NFL seasons.
Watt also has won three defensive player of the year awards and is a five-time Pro Bowler. The most impressive part, he's done all that while playing only six full seasons because of injuries.
In Their Own Words: Houston Texans
"Success isn't owned. It's leased. And rent is due every day. Every single day, someone's coming for your job." —J.J. Watt
Carolina Panthers — 0
The combination of consistent success with Super Bowl appearances typically yields Hall of Fame talent.
But while a few Panthers players have received Hall of Fame votes, they lack any representation in Canton.
Wide receiver Steve Smith likely will change that and be the first domino to fall for Carolina in 2021.
Potential Hall of Famers for Carolina Panthers
Though Steve Smith never won a Super Bowl, he posted big numbers in 11 playoff games, recording 59 catches for 1,001 receiving yards and nine touchdowns.
And he finished his career with 14,731 receiving yards and 89 total touchdowns.
In Their Own Words: Carolina Panthers
"We're here to play football. We're not here to exchange cookie recipes." —Steve Smith
Cincinnati Bengals — 1
Offensive tackle Anthony Muñoz is the only Bengal enshrined in Canton. He made 11 Pro Bowls in 13 seasons in the NFL (1980-92) and is considered one of the greatest offensive linemen in football history.
The Bengals franchise, however, often is criticized for not going all-out to win and has a legacy written by almost great players like Boomer Esiason and Corey Dillon, neither of whom is likely to receive a bid to the Hall.
Perhaps A.J. Green gets voted in when he hangs up the cleats, but that appears a long ways away.
Hall of Famers for Cincinnati Bengals
Anthony Munoz (1980-92)
In Their Own Words: Cincinnati Bengals
"You don't have to be a Hall of Famer or a celebrity to have an impact. All you have to do is be willing to stand for what is right and let others see that. ... We have a platform. It's just a matter of us being willing to use it, regardless of what arena we are in." —Anthony Munoz
Baltimore Ravens — 3
The day of reckoning is coming for the Ravens. Baltimore’s newest franchise has three players in Canton: Ray Lewis, Jonathan Ogden and Ed Reed.
Lewis played from 1996 to 2012 and was a two-time Super Bowl champ, seven-time All-Pro and 13-time Pro Bowler.
Ogden played from 1996 to 2007 and was a four-time All-Pro, 11-time Pro Bowler, and won one Super Bowl.
Reed played from 2002 to 2013, won a Super Bowl, and was a five-time All-Pro and nine-time Pro Bowler.
Several Ravens from the last 15 years are expected to join Lewis, Ogden and Reed as inductees. Terrell Suggs tops the list, representing a sustained period of defensive excellence for the Ravens.
Hall of Famers for Baltimore Ravens
Ed Reed (2002-12)
Jonathan Ogden (1996-2007)
Ray Lewis (1996-2012)
In Their Own Words: Baltimore Ravens
"What's the difference between you and the man sitting beside you? It's 1 percent. In my business, only 1 percent makes it. If everyone had the same dream, only 1 will make it from this crowd. Who will be that one?" —Ray Lewis
Atlanta Falcons — 4
This about sums up the history of football in Atlanta. The Falcons have made it to two Super Bowls in 54 years of existence, and their Hall of Fame list is pretty representative of that.
Deion Sanders (who played in Atlanta from 1989 to 1993), early defensive end Claude Humphrey (1968-78), Morten Andersen (1995-2000, 2006-07) and Tony Gonzalez (2009-13) are the only current members.
Andersen played the most games in NFL history (382) during his 25-year career and entered the Hall of Fame in 2017 as the leading scorer in NFL history with 2,544 points.
The next Falcon to get a yellow jacket likely is Julio Jones. Michael Vick might warrant inclusion if it weren’t for how his Falcons career ended due to a dogfighting scandal.
Hall of Famers for Atlanta Falcons
Claude Humphrey (1968-78)
Deion Sanders (1989-93)
Morten Andersen (1995-2000, 2006-07)
Tony Gonzalez (2009-13)
In Their Own Words: Atlanta Falcons
"If you look good, you feel good. If you feel good, you play good. If you play good, they pay good." —Deion Sanders
New Orleans Saints — 4
The recent era of Saints football is by far the most successful New Orleans has experienced.
Quarterback Drew Brees is a lock for the Hall, and when he does make it into Canton, he will join former offensive lineman Willie Roaf, kicker Morten Anderson and linebacker Rickey Jackson.
Hall of Famers for New Orleans Saints
Jim Finks (1986-92)
Morten Andersen (1982-94)
Rickey Jackson (1981-93)
Willie Roaf (1993-2001)
In Their Own Words: New Orleans Saints
"Football is the reason for everything I've ever been able to have. That's why it's so important to me. It's everything for me. —Rickey Jackson
Seattle Seahawks — 4
This number could double (at least) when Seattle’s recent wave of dominating defensive players retire. A few members of the "Legion of Boom" are safe bets, including Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor.
Currently, the Seahawks are represented by Steve Largent (1976-89), Kenny Easley (1981-87), Walter Jones (1997-2008) and Cortez Kennedy (1990-2000).
Easley played all seven of his NFL seasons with the Seahawks and made them count. The strong safety was an All-Pro from 1982 to1985 and was named to the NFL's all-decade team of the 1980s. He finished his career with 32 interceptions and three touchdowns in 89 games.
Former coach Mike Holmgren could be an addition at some point as well.
Hall of Famers for Seattle Seahawks
Cortez Kennedy (1990-2000)
Kenny Easley (1981-87)
Steve Largent (1976-89)
Walter Jones (1997-2008)
In Their Own Words: Seattle Seahawks
"I needed somebody to love me, and the people that I chose were my coaches. I would sacrifice my body to be successful for my coaches because I wanted them to love me, to respect me, to have positive feelings about me." —Steve Largent
Tampa Bay Buccaneers — 5
Tampa Bay’s first Super Bowl trophy was carried across the finish line by a slew of Hall of Fame-worthy defensive players.
Warren Sapp and Derrick Brooks have been given their just due so far. John Lynch and possibly Ronde Barber and/or Simeon Rice may join them.
Defensive end Lee Roy Selmon, the first Buccaneers draft pick in team history (No. 1 overall in 1976), was the first Tampa Bay player elected to the Hall of Fame, enshrined in 1995.
Hall of Famers for Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Derrick Brooks (1995-2008)
John Lynch (1993-2003)
Lee Roy Selmon (1976-84)
Tony Dungy (1996-2001)
Warren Sapp (1995-2003)
In Their Own Words: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
"The National Football League is the greatest metaphor for life that I’ve ever known. It challenges each and every one who plays this great game in every way possible. Everything about the game is hard and tests your will. It compels every man who puts on the uniform to not only do their best but to be their best. In football, we quickly discover we’re only as strong as our weakest link and if we’re to achieve the goals that we set for ourselves, we must all learn to play together and pull together. Each of us comes from a different walk of life, but when we huddle up, we huddle up as a team. It doesn’t matter where we come from or your background. All that matters is the fulfillment of one goal — victory. Tonight, I advocate that we take the lead of football and huddle up as a people, as a great nation. Let’s find a common ground for our shared values. Let’s celebrate and learn from our differences. If Derrick Brooks from Pensacola, Florida, Warren Sapp from Apopka, Florida, and John Lynch from Solana Beach, California, can, so, too, can all of you." —John Lynch, during his Hall of Fame speech
New England Patriots — 5
The bulk of New England’s all-time greats are yet to be inducted, but everyone’s favorite team to hate wasn't always great.
During the lean years, the Patriots still had some of the game's all-time best players. Four of them are in the Hall: Andre Tippett (1982-93), John Hannah (1973-85), Mike Haynes (1976-82) and Nick Buoniconti (1962-68).
Junior Seau and Curtis Martin only had cameos in New England, which excludes them from inclusion. And Randy Moss, though a standout, never got a ring.
New England fans can take solace in knowing that whenever Tom Brady decides to call it a career, the GOAT will represent the Patriots in Canton. Even though he's now a Buccaneer.
Hall of Famers for New England Patriots
Andre Tippett (1982-93)
John Hannah (1973-85)
Mike Haynes (1976-82)
Nick Buoniconti (1962-68)
Ty Law (1995-2004)
In Their Own Words: New England Patriots
"I actually think that when I came into the league I was a brutal football player. I was actually trying to hurt my opponent. One of my teammates, a guy named Darryl Stingley, was paralyzed on a hit by Jack Tatum in a game against the Raiders. It kind of changed my life. I realized that could have been me that made the hit on Darryl Stingley. I almost retired because I realized that is not what I should be trying to do. That’s what I wanted to do – I wanted to hurt them. I didn’t know how to play football without thinking that way. At that time a lot of guys called me because they knew I was thinking about retiring because of the hit, and that changed my life. 'No Mike – hit us hard, just help us up.' It changed my mindset." —Mike Haynes
New York Jets — 7
Formerly the New York Titans (1960-62)
Another tortured franchise, the Jets won the 1969 Super Bowl. They were led by mouthpiece and signal-caller Joe Namath, whose numbers are not entirely worthy but whose place in history is undeniable.
John Riggins and Curtis Martin are a couple of the more notable names besides Namath in the Hall.
Kevin Mawae was elected in 2019, but it may be a few years before another Jet makes the cut.
Hall of Famers for New York Jets
Curtis Martin (1998-2005)
Don Maynard (1960-72)
Joe Namath (1965-76)
John Riggins (1971-75)
Kevin Mawae (1998-2005)
Weeb Ewbank (1963-73)
Winston Hill (1963-76)
In Their Own Words: New York Jets
"If you aren't going all the way, why go at all?" —Joe Namath
Denver Broncos — 8
The Broncos have a low number of Hall of Famers for a team with multiple Super Bowl trophies. That's because most of Denver's success has been recent, while the franchise was born in 1960.
Floyd Little (1967-75) was the first Bronco to make the Hall. He wasn’t joined by another Bronco until Gary Zimmerman (1993-97) and John Elway (1983-98) went in. Terrell Davis (1995-2001) and Shannon Sharpe (1990-99, 2002-03) went in soon after.
Champ Bailey, Steve Atwater and late owner Pat Bowlen are the latest Hall of Famers. Bailey and Bowlen are the Class of 2019. Atwater is the Class of 2020.
Hall of Famers for Denver Broncos
Champ Bailey (2004-13)
Floyd Little (1967-75)
Gary Zimmerman (1993-97)
John Elway (1983-98)
Pat Bowlen (1984-2019)
Shannon Sharpe (1990-99, 2002-03)
Steve Atwater (1989-98)
Terrell Davis (1995-2001)
In Their Own Words: Denver Broncos
"I've experienced the highest of highs and lowest of lows. I think to really appreciate anything you have to be at both ends of the spectrum." —John Elway
Tennessee Titans — 9
Formerly the Houston Oilers (1960-96) and Tennessee Oilers (1997-98)
The Titans (and previously the Oilers) have one of the longest Super Bowl droughts in league history.
Their list of Hall of Famers still shows some generational talents, but the closest they’ve come to winning everything is the final play of Super Bowl XXXIV to end the 1999 season.
George Blanda, Bruce Matthews, Warren Moon and Earl Campbell are all Titan alumni (by way of the Oilers), and soon Jevon Kearse and/or Eddie George could join them.
Hall of Famers for Tennessee Titans
Bruce Matthews (1983-2001)
Curley Culp (1974-80)
Earl Campbell (1978-84)
Elvin Bethea (1968-83)
George Blanda (1960-66)
Ken Houston (1967-72)
Mike Munchak (1982-93)
Robert Brazile (1975-84)
Warren Moon (1984-93)
In Their Own Words: Tennessee Titans
"After watching films of Jim Brown, I noticed that he never ran out of bounds. He always ran North and South, and that's what I turned my style into. I was a North and South runner." —Earl Campbell
Los Angeles Chargers — 10
Formerly the San Diego Chargers (1961-2016)
Before moving to Los Angeles, the Chargers had an impassioned fan base in San Diego for several decades.
They also have had some all-time greats, including quarterback Dan Fouts, tight end Kellen Winslow, receiver Lance Alworth, linebacker Junior Seau and running back LaDanian Tomlinson.
But despite enjoying some once-in-a-generation talents and a fair amount of success, the Bolts still have no Super Bowl rings.
Hall of Famers for Los Angeles Chargers
Bobby Beathard (1990-99)
Charlie Joiner (1976-86)
Dan Fouts (1973-87)
Fred Dean (1975-81)
Junior Seau (1990-2002)
Kellen Winslow (1979-87)
LaDainian Tomlinson (2001-09)
Lance Alworth (1962-70)
Ron Mix (1960-69)
Sid Gillman (1960-69, 1971)
In Their Own Words: Los Angeles Chargers
"The Super Bowl is a game. Life is for real. What I went through helped me get to where I am today. I won't forget. I can't forget. Because a man who forgets his past sometimes loses his soul and forgets where to go in the future." —Junior Seau
Miami Dolphins — 10
The only franchise with a perfect season on its resume, the Dolphins have enjoyed tremendous success since their first season in 1966.
Dan Marino is the name that tops the list, followed by fellow quarterback Bob Griese.
Dwight Stephenson, Larry Little, Jason Taylor and coach Don Shula are a few of the other all-time greats representing the 'Phins in Canton.
Hall of Famers for Miami Dolphins
Bob Griese (1967-80)
Dan Marino (1983-99)
Don Shula (1970-95)
Dwight Stephenson (1980-87)
Jason Taylor (1997-2007, 2009, 2011)
Jim Langer (1970-79)
Larry Csonka (1968-74, 1979)
Larry Little (1969-80)
Nick Buoniconti (1969-74, 1976)
Paul Warfield (1970-74)
In Their Own Words: Miami Dolphins
"There is no better schoolyard than football. It taught you how to win, how to lose, what adversity was, how to play hurt. It taught you that with winning comes rewards." —Nick Buoniconti
Philadelphia Eagles — 10
Prior to the 2017 season, the Eagles story in the modern NFL was a tragedy — always coming close to the brass ring, only to fall short.
Still, the first 80-plus years of the franchise featured some all-time greats. Chuck Bednarik and Sonny Jurgensen were among the first Eagles legends.
In recent years, Reggie White and Brian Dawkins earned spots for their play on the Philly defense. Wide receiver Harold Carmichael got the call in 2020.
Hall of Famers for Philadelphia Eagles
Bert Bell (1933-40)
Bob (Boomer) Brown (1964-68)
Brian Dawkins (1996-2008)
Chuck Bednarik (1949-62)
Earle "Greasy" Neale (1941-50)
Harold Carmichael (1971-83)
Pete Pihos (1947-55)
Reggie White (1985-92)
Sonny Jurgensen (1957-63)
Steve Van Buren (1944-51)
Tommy McDonald (1957-63)
In Their Own Words: Philadelphia Eagles
"You've got to play with that killer instinct, man. You've got to hate that guy across from you. Then after the game is over, tell him what a nice guy he is. Shake his hand. Especially if you win." —Chuck Bednarik
Buffalo Bills — 10
You don’t make four straight Super Bowls without supreme talent, and that was the case in the early 1990s for the Buffalo Bills.
Quarterback Jim Kelly is the most notable of a bunch that includes Andre Reed, Bruce Smith, Thurman Thomas, along with coach Marv Levy and executive Bill Polian.
Hall of Famers for Buffalo Bills
Andre Reed (1985-99)
Bill Polian (1984-92)
Billy Shaw (1961-69)
Bruce Smith (1985-99)
Jim Kelly (1986-96)
Joe DeLamielleure (1973-79, 1985)
Marv Levy (1986-97)
O.J. Simpson (1969-77)
Ralph Wilson, Jr. (1960-2014)
Thurman Thomas (1988-99)
In Their Own Words: Buffalo Bills
"There's not a day that goes by that I'm not in pain. Multiple joints and things that I experience on a daily basis. It can be very frustrating sometimes and painful, but I'm very blessed." —Bruce Smith
Kansas City Chiefs — 13
Formerly the Dallas Texans (1960-62)
One of the dominating franchises of the early AFL, the Kansas City Chiefs represented the league in two of the first four Super Bowls, winning in 1970.
That was the Chiefs' last league championship before Patrick Mahomes led them to a win over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV to cap off the 2019 season.
One day, Mahomes might get his own yellow jacket and join Kansas City Hall of Famers like Len Dawson, Will Shields, Derrick Thomas, Tony Gonzalez and Johnny Robinson.
Hall of Famers for Kansas City Chiefs
Bobby Bell (1963-74)
Curley Culp (1968-74)
Derrick Thomas (1989-99)
Emmitt Thomas (1966-78)
Hank Stram (1960-74)
Jan Stenerud (1967-79)
Johnny Robinson (1960-71)
Junious "Buck" Buchanan (1963-75)
Lamar Hunt (1960-2006)
Len Dawson (1963-75)
Tony Gonzalez (1997-2008)
Willie Lanier (1967-77)
Will Shields (1993-2006)
In Their Own Words: Kansas City Chiefs
"We had the kind of team that didn't back down from anybody. If they wanted to intimidate us, we could intimidate as well as they could. Our team was too big and too good to intimidate." —Willie Lanier
Arizona Cardinals — 14
Formerly the Chicago Cardinals (1920-59), St. Louis Cardinals (1960-87) and Phoenix Cardinals (1988-93)
A majority of the Cardinals' Hall of Famers come from the franchise’s days in Chicago.
The Arizona era of NFL football has produced the likes of cornerback Roger Wehrli, five-time All-Pro tackle Dan Dierdorf and stud defensive back Aeneas Williams.
In the here and now, wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is a surefire bet to make it to Canton.
Hall of Famers for Arizona Cardinals
Aeneas Williams (1991-2000)
Charles W. Bidwill, Sr. (1933-46)
Charley Trippi (1947-55)
Dan Dierdorf (1971-83)
Dick Lane (1954-59)
Duke Slater (1926-31)
Ernie Nevers (1929-31)
Guy Chamberlin (1927-28)
Jackie Smith (1963-77)
Jimmy Conzelman (1940-42, 1946-48)
John Driscoll (1920-25)
Larry Wilson (1960-72)
Ollie Matson (1952, 1954-58)
Roger Wehrli (1969-82)
In Their Own Words: Arizona Cardinals
"Al [Michaels] is inquisitive, knowledgeable, and incredibly well-prepared. I don't know what his IQ is, but it's probably only a couple of points lower than mine." —Dan Dierdorf
Minnesota Vikings — 15
The Vikings have had transcendent talent on their roster since the days of the "Purple People Eaters" and their vaunted defensive front in the 1960s.
Along with the Eaters in the '60s, Fran Tarkenton cemented his name as one of the best early quarterbacks.
Dynamic athletes Randy Moss and future Hall of Famer Adrian Peterson carried the torch into the 21st century.
Hall of Famers for Minnesota Vikings
Alan Page (1967-78)
Bud Grant (1967-83, 1985)
Carl Eller (1964-78)
Chris Doleman (1985-93, 1999)
Cris Carter (1990-2001)
Fran Tarkenton (1961-66, 1972-78)
Gary Zimmerman (1986-92)
Jim Finks (1964-73)
John Randle (1990-2000)
Mick Tingelhoff (1962-78)
Paul Krause (1968-79)
Randall McDaniel (1988-99)
Randy Moss (1998-2004, 2010)
Ron Yary (1968-81)
Steve Hutchinson (2006-11)
In Their Own Words: Minnesota Vikings
"The way to be successful is through preparation. It doesn't just happen. You don't wake up one day and discover you're a lawyer any more than you wake up as a pro football player. It takes time." —Alan Page
Indianapolis Colts — 16
Formerly the Baltimore Colts (1953-83)
A true tale of two cities, the Colts have most of their Hall of Famers from the franchise’s days in Baltimore. See Johnny Unitas.
Former executive Bill Polian, coach Tony Dungy and receiver Marvin Harrison were the first inductees from the Peyton Manning era of success in Indy. Running back Edgerrin James followed them.
The era could send at least three more players — Manning, Reggie Wayne and Dwight Freeney.
Hall of Famers for Indianapolis Colts
Edgerrin James (1999-2005)
Art Donovan (1953-61)
Bill Polian (1998-2011)
Eric Dickerson (1987-91)
Gino Marchetti (1953-64, 1966)
Jim Parker (1957-67)
John Mackey (1963-71)
Johnny Unitas (1956-72)
Lenny Moore (1956-67)
Marshall Faulk (1994-98)
Marvin Harrison (1996-2008)
Peyton Manning (1998-2011)
Raymond Berry (1955-67)
Ted Hendricks (1969-73)
Tony Dungy (2002-08)
Weeb Ewbank (1954-62)
In Their Own Words: Indianapolis Colts
"It's not wanting to win that makes you a winner; it's refusing to fail." —Peyton Manning
San Francisco 49ers — 16
Jerry Rice, Steve Young, Joe Montana and Ronnie Lott are the big names here. The 49ers dominated the 1980s and 1990s with this core of players and a Brett-Favre-to-Aaron Rodgers quarterback transition that saw Young take the helm from Montana,
Add in coach Bill Walsh and three Super Bowl trophies, and the 49ers' roster makes up one of the most impressive of all NFL teams.
Terrell Owens is the first 21st-century star to enter the Hall for San Francisco.
Hall of Famers for San Francisco 49ers
Bill Walsh (1979-88)
Bob St. Clair (1953-63)
Charles Haley (1986-91, 1999)
Dave Wilcox (1964-74)
Edward DeBartolo, Jr. (1977-2000)
Fred Dean (1981-85)
Hugh McElhenny (1952-60)
Jerry Rice (1985-2000)
Jimmy Johnson (1961-76)
Joe Montana (1979-92)
Joe Perry (1948-60, 1963)
Leo Nomellini (1950-63)
Ronnie Lott (1981-90)
Steve Young (1987-99)
Terrell Owens (1996-2003)
Y.A. Tittle (1951-60)
In Their Own Words: San Francisco 49ers
"First of all, I wish everyone who loved football could stand in the quarterback's shoes just for a play, because I think it would be tremendously humbling to anyone who loved the game to say, 'I didn't — I had no idea.' You can think about what it would be like, and the cameras are getting better at giving that perspective, that one that the skycam comes down and you get a sense of it, but you just — you don't know." —Steve Young
Detroit Lions — 17
Formerly the Portsmouth Spartans (1930-33)
A team with little modern-era success, the Lions still sport a pretty impressive list of all-time best players. But only one of them played after 1980, mirroring the team’s struggles during that span.
Barry Sanders is the most recent induction for the Motor City. The legendary running back was welcomed to Canton in 2004.
Expect Calvin Johnson to be added to the list after he’s eligible in 2021.
Hall of Famers for Detroit Lions
Alex Karras (1958-62, 1964-70)
Alex Wojciechowicz (1938-46)
Barry Sanders (1989-98)
Bill Dudley (1947-49)
Bobby Layne (1950-58)
Calvin Johnson (2007-15)
Charlie Sanders (1968-77)
Dick LeBeau (1959-72)
Dick "Night Train" Lane (1960-65)
Dick Stanfel (1952-55)
Doak Walker (1950-55)
Earl Clark (1931-32, 1934-38)
Jack Christiansen (1951-58)
Joe Schmidt (1953-65)
Lem Barney (1967-77)
Lou Creekmur (1950-59)
Yale Lary (1952-53, 1956-64)
In Their Own Words: Detroit Lions
"Happiness does not come from football awards. It's terrible to correlate happiness with football. Happiness comes from a good job, being able to feed your wife and kids. I don't dream football. I dream the American dream — two cars in a garage, be a happy father." —Barry Sanders
Cleveland Browns — 17
Given the meteoric success of the Browns franchise in the early years of the NFL and their relative ineptitude in the last 30 years, Cleveland's list of Hall of Famers makes sense.
The team touts all-time legends Otto Graham and Jim Brown, and all but five of the 16 Browns in Canton retired before the NFL-AFL merger.
Since the 1980s, the team has had three Hall of Famers: tight end Ozzie Newsome, offensive guard Joe DeLamielleure and wide receiver Mac Speedie.
Hall of Famers for Cleveland Browns
Bill Willis (1946-53)
Bobby Mitchell (1958-61)
Dante Lavelli (1946-56)
Frank Gatski (1946-56)
Gene Hickerson (1958-73)
Jim Brown (1957-65)
Joe DeLamielleure (1980-84)
Len Ford (1950-57)
Leroy Kelly (1964-73)
Lou Groza (1946-59, 1961-67)
Mac Speedie (1946-52)
Marion Motley (1946-53)
Mike McCormack (1954-62)
Otto Graham (1946-55)
Ozzie Newsome (1978-90)
Paul Brown (1946-62)
Paul Warfield (1964-69, 1976-77)
In Their Own Words: Cleveland Browns
"At that time, America was not 100 percent pleasant to African-Americans, and each day of our lives, we had to deal with being looked upon as a second-class citizen, so the good thing about football is that it was less of that kind of attitude in the game of football than maybe in the game of life. But on the other hand, the people that reached out and were very generous did not come from the world of football. They came from the world of life, so I applied my life in football, I applied those things that people taught me in life in general, so it was kind of a little different way that I looked at things. The big picture was life. The smaller picture was participating in sports as a football player." —Jim Brown
Las Vegas Raiders — 19
Formerly the Oakland Raiders (1960–81, 1995–2019) and Los Angeles Raiders (1982-94)
Just win, baby. The Raiders have done plenty of that over their history, and the result is 17 all-time greats, which doesn’t include a cameo by Jerry Rice in the team’s last Super Bowl appearance nearly 20 years ago.
During a 10-year period in the 1980s and '90s, Howie Long, Tim Brown, Marcus Allen and Dave Casper suited up for the silver and black.
Al Davis and John Madden also earned places in Canton.
Hall of Famers for Las Vegas Raiders
Al Davis (1963-2011)
Art Shell (1968-82)
Charles Woodson (1998-2005, 2013-15)
Dave Casper (1974-80, 1984)
Fred Biletnikoff (1965-78)
Gene Upshaw (1967-81)
George Blanda (1967-75)
Howie Long (1981-93)
Jim Otto (1960-74)
John Madden (1969-78)
Ken Stabler (1970-79)
Marcus Allen (1982-92)
Mike Haynes (1983-89)
Ray Guy (1973-86)
Ron Wolf (1963-74, 1978-89)
Ted Hendricks (1975-83)
Tim Brown (1988-2003)
Tom Flores (1979-87)
Willie Brown (1967-78)
In Their Own Words: Las Vegas Raiders
"Coaches have to watch for what they don't want to see and listen to what they don't want to hear." —John Madden
Los Angeles Rams — 19
Formerly the Cleveland Rams (1937-45) and St. Louis Rams (1995-2015)
The Rams and their nomadic legacy have produced some all-time greats of the game, including Jack Youngblood, Eric Dickerson, Jackie Slater and Kevin Greene.
And their most memorable team in franchise history, "The Greatest Show on Turf," started a new era of offensive-focused NFL football.
Kurt Warner, Marshall Faulk, Orlando Pace and Isaac Bruce already are in the Hall for their efforts on those teams. Tory Holt could join them.
Hall of Famers for Los Angeles Rams
Bob Waterfield (1945-52)
Dan Reeves (1941-71)
David "Deacon" Jones (1961-71)
Elroy Hirsch (1949-57)
Eric Dickerson (1983-87)
George Allen (1966-70)
Isaac Bruce (1995-2007)
Jackie Slater (1976-95)
Jack Youngblood (1971-84)
Kevin Greene (1985-92)
Kurt Warner (1998-2003)
Les Richter (1954-62)
Marshall Faulk (1999-2005)
Merlin Olsen (1962-76)
Norm Van Brocklin (1949-57)
Ollie Matson (1959-62)
Orlando Pace (1997-2008)
Tom Fears (1948-56)
Tom Mack (1966-78)
In Their Own Words: Los Angeles Rams
"If you're going to start something — if it's worth starting — then it's worth finishing. That's what I live by." —Marshall Faulk
Dallas Cowboys — 20
The iconic star on the helmet needs no introduction.
America's Team has 19 primary contributors with Hall of Fame busts, including polarizing owner/general manager Jerry Jones, who has crafted the Cowboys franchise in his image since Day 1.
Expect Tony Romo, Jason Witten and several offensive linemen to bring Big D’s total past the 20-player mark in upcoming years of eligibility.
Hall of Famers for Dallas Cowboys
Bob Hayes (1965-74)
Bob Lilly (1961-74)
Charles Haley (1992-96)
Cliff Harris (1970-79)
Deion Sanders (1995-99)
Drew Pearson (1973-83)
Emmitt Smith (1990-2002)
Gil Brandt (1960-88)
Jerry Jones (1989-present)
Jimmy Johnson (1989-93)
Larry Allen (1994-2005)
Mel Renfro (1964-77)
Michael Irvin (1988-99)
Randy White (1975-88)
Rayfield Wright (1967-79)
Roger Staubach (1969-79)
Tex Schramm (1960-89)
Tom Landry (1960-88)
Tony Dorsett (1977-87)
Troy Aikman (1989-2000)
In Their Own Words: Dallas Cowboys
"Most train to be part of the game. The greatest train to be the game. I am the game. Third-and-9, two-minutes left, that's what I train for. I train for moments everyone runs from. I run for them." —Michael Irvin
Washington Redskins — 20
Formerly the Boston Braves (1932) and Boston Redskins (1933-36)
It’s been some time since anyone Hall of Fame worthy lined up for the Redskins in their prime, but when the franchise was at its peak, future members of Canton were everywhere.
In the 1980s, the team was a juggernaut that sent players Russ Grimm, John Riggins, Darrell Green and Art Monk to the Hall of Fame.
Coach Joe Gibbs also made it, picking up three Super Bowl wins.
Hall of Famers for Washington Redskins
Albert Glen "Turk" Edwards (1932)
Art Monk (1980-93)
Bill Dudley (1950-51, 1953)
Bobby Beathard (1978-88)
Bobby Mitchell (1962-68)
Charley Taylor (1964-75, 1977)
Chris Hanburger (1965-78)
Cliff Battles (1932)
Darrell Green (1983-2002)
George Allen (1971-77)
George Preston Marshall (1932)
Joe Gibbs (1981-92)
John Riggins (1976-79, 1981-85)
Ken Houston (1973-80)
Ray Flaherty (1936-42)
Russ Grimm (1981-91)
Sam Huff (1964-67, 1969)
Sammy Baugh (1937-52)
Sonny Jurgensen (1964-74)
Wayne Millner (1936-41, 1945)
In Their Own Words: Washington Redskins
"When things are going awry, it's time to put the blinders on and do your job." —John Riggins
New York Giants — 21
Early Giants Hall of Famers Fran Tarkenton, Y.A. Tittle and Roosevelt Brown set a solid foundation for the club, but coach Bill Parcells built the greatest era of success in Giants history.
Parcells' Super Bowl-winning teams were led by perhaps the best pass rusher ever, Lawrence Taylor.
More recently, Michael Strahan was enshrined for his efforts in continuing Taylor's pass-rushing legacy.
Hall of Famers for New York Giants
Alphonse "Tuffy" Leemans (1936-43)
Andy Robustelli (1956-64)
Arnie Weinmeister (1950-53)
Benny Friedman (1929-31)
Bill Parcells (1983-90)
Emlen Tunnell (1948-58)
Frank Gifford (1952-60, 1962-64)
Fran Tarkenton (1967-71)
George Young (1979-97)
Harry Carson (1976-88)
Ken Strong (1933-35, 39, 1944-47)
Lawrence Taylor (1981-93)
Mel Hein (1931-45)
Michael Strahan (1993-2007)
Morris "Red" Badgro (1930-35)
Roosevelt Brown (1953-65)
Sam Huff (1956-63)
Steve Owen (1926-53)
Tim Mara (1925-59)
Wellington Mara (1937-2005)
Y.A. Tittle (1961-64)
In Their Own Words: New York Giants
"You try to stay within the rules for the sake of the game, but you can always turn up the intensity." —Lawrence Taylor
Pittsburgh Steelers — 26
Formerly the Pittsburgh Pirates (1933-39)
Terry Bradshaw, Lynn Swann, Joe Greene and Jack Lambert are a sample of the unprecedented Hall of Fame talent that took the field for Pittsburgh in the 1970s and '80s.
Jerome Bettis was the first of the new-era Steelers on the list, enshrined in 2015. Coach Bill Cowher and strong safety Troy Polamalu were added in 2020.
And the list could keep growing.
Hall of Famers for Pittsburgh Steelers
Alan Faneca (1998-2007)
Art Rooney (1933-88)
Bill Cowher (1992-2006)
Bill Dudley (1942, 1945-46)
Bill Nunn (1968-2013)
Bobby Layne (1958-62)
Chuck Noll (1969-91)
Dan Rooney (1955-2017)
Dermontti Dawson (1988-2000)
Donnie Shell (1974-87)
Ernie Stautner (1950-63)
Franco Harris (1972-83)
Jack Butler (1951-59)
Jack Ham (1971-82)
Jack Lambert (1974-84)
Jerome Bettis (1996-2005)
Joe Greene (1969-81)
John Henry Johnson (1960-65)
John Stallworth (1974-87)
Lynn Swann (1974-82)
Mel Blount (1970-83)
Mike Webster (1974-88)
Rod Woodson (1987-96)
Terry Bradshaw (1970-83)
Troy Polamalu (2003-14)
Walt Kiesling (1940-42, 1954-56)
In Their Own Words: Pittsburgh Steelers
"Champions are champions not because they do anything extraordinary but because they do the ordinary things better than anyone else." —Chuck Knoll
Green Bay Packers — 26
The Packers began playing in the NFL in 1921 and have a tradition of excellence in their first 100 years.
Hidden among three of the greatest quarterbacks to ever throw a football is a litany of other Hall of Fame talent in Green Bay.
Many of these players wore the green and gold before the turn of the century, but the two most notable names will live in football forever: Curly Lambeau (who also founded the Packers franchise) and Vince Lombardi.
Hall of Famers for Green Bay Packers
Arnie Herber (1930-40)
Bart Starr (1956-71)
Bobby Dillon (1952-59)
Brett Favre (1992-2007)
Clarke Hinkle (1932-41)
Dave Robinson (1963-72)
Don Hutson (1935-45)
Earl Lambeau (1919-49)
Forrest Gregg (1956, 1958-70)
Henry Jordan (1959-69)
Herb Adderley (1961-69)
James Lofton (1978-86)
Jerry Kramer (1958-68)
Jim Ringo (1953-63)
Jim Taylor (1958-66)
John McNally (1929-33, 1935-36)
Mike Michalske (1929-35, 1937)
Paul Hornung (1957-62, 1964-66)
Ray Nitschke (1958-72)
Reggie White (1993-98)
Robert (Cal) Hubbard (1929-33, 1935)
Ron Wolf (1991-2001)
Tony Canadeo (1941-44, 1946-52)
Vince Lombardi (1959-67)
Willie Davis (1960-69)
Willie Wood (1960-71)
In Their Own Words: Green Bay Packers
"I firmly believe that any man's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle —victorious." —Vince Lombardi
Chicago Bears — 30
Formerly the Decatur Staleys (1920) and Chicago Staleys (1921)
One of the longest-tenured franchises in the NFL, the Chicago Bears boast a league-high 30 Hall of Famers spanning over 100 years.
The height of the franchise came well before the AFL-NFL merger in 1970, but to this day, it boast one of the best teams in league history. The 1985 Bears featured Hall of Famers Dan Hampton, Mike Singletary, Richard Dent and Walter Payton.
One of the most notable players on that defense, William "Refrigerator" Perry, is not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006.
Hall of Famers for Chicago Bears
Bill George (1952-65)
Bill Hewitt (1932-36)
Brian Urlacher (2000-2012)
Bronko Nagurski (1930-37, 1943)
Clyde Turner (1940-52)
Dan Fortmann (1936-43)
Dan Hampton (1979-90)
Dick Butkus (1965-73)
Doug Atkins (1955-66)
Ed Healey (1922-27)
Ed Sprinkle (1944-55)
Gale Sayers (1965-71)
George Blanda (1949, 1950-58)
George Connor (1948-55)
George Halas (1920-83)
George McAfee (1940-41, 1945-50)
George Musso (1933-44)
George Trafton (1920-21, 1923-32)
Harold "Red" Grange (1925, 1929-34)
Jimbo Covert (1983-90)
Jim Finks (1974-82)
Joe Stydahar (1936-42, 1945-46)
John Driscoll (1926-29)
Mike Ditka (1961-66)
Mike Singletary (1981-92)
Richard Dent (1983-93, 1995)
Sid Luckman (1939-50)
Stan Jones (1954-65)
Walter Payton (1975-87)
William Roy "Link" Lyman (1926-28, 1930-31, 1933-34)
In Their Own Words: Chicago Bears
"When I played pro football, I never set out to hurt anyone deliberately — unless it was, you know, important, like a league game or something." —Dick Butkus
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