12 NFL players that should be in the Hall of Fame

12 Players Who Should Be In The Pro Football Hall of Fame

Some retired players are overlooked. These 12 players should receive more consideration for their careers and accomplishments.

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These former NFL players have been retired for a long time. Some are long overdue for a Hall of Fame induction. It is time for more votes to come their way. They were the best at what they did and they deserve to be in Canton, Ohio along with the other greats of football lore.

1. Jim Marshall 

Jim Marshall was a legendary defender for the Vikings in the 1960s. He was a part of the famous Purple People Eaters defense. He helped lead the Vikings to four Super Bowls in the 60s and 70s. While he and Vikings never won a Super Bowl, Marshall's impact for the Vikings is still felt on the organization.

2. Alex Karras 

Alex Karras was one of the most dominant defenders in the NFL during his career. He played his whole career with the Lions, made it to four pro bowls, and was named the league's 1960s all-decade team. Karras deserves more recognition and should be in the Hall of Fame.

3. L.C. Greenwood 

L.C. Greenwood played defensive end and was a part of Pittsburgh's Steel Curtain. He helped the Steelers win four Super Bowls in the 70s. Pittsburgh's dynasty currently has four hall-of-famers. Greenwood deserves to be in the hall among his peers and teammates.

4. Randall Cunningham  

Randall Cunningham was one of the most exciting quarterbacks to enter the league. His athleticism made him a quarterback the league had never seen before. Cunningham's stats and playoff success may not stand out to Hall of Fame voters, but he should be strongly considered next time there's a vote.

5. Lester Hayes 

Lester Hayes was one of the best cornerbacks of his generation. In his 10 years, he helped the Raiders win two Super Bowls, made five Pro Bowls, and was named Defensive Player of the Year in 1980.

6. Edgerrin James 

Edgerrin James was an elite running back in is prime. He was a versatile weapon for Peyton Manning's offense for the Colts. James' 12,246 yards are 13th of all time. Hopefully, as time goes on James will be known as one of the best running backs of the 2000s.

7. Roger Craig 

Roger Craig was one of the star players for the 49ers dynasty in the 1980s. He led San Francisco to three Super Bowls during his career. Craig was the first player to run and receive 1,000 yards in the same season. His versatility should make his worthy of the Hall of Fame.

8. Torry Holt 

Torry Holt was an elite receiver for the Rams' Greatest Show on Turf offense. He was one of Kurt Warner's primary weapons in the 2000s. Holt should be remembered as one of the premier receivers of the 2000s. Holy should also be strongly considered for the Hall of Fame.

9. Phil Simms 

Phil Simms was one of the solid starting quarterbacks of the 80s. His steady leadership on the Giants was essential to their Super Bowl XXI run. Simms was named MVP of the Super Bowl and his performance is one of the best in Super Bowl History.

10. Sam Mills 

Sam Mills was an underrated linebacker throughout his career. He was an undrafted free agent and managed to make five pro bowls throughout his career. He led one of the most dominant linebacking corps in history during his time in New Orleans.

11. Jamal Lewis

Jamal Lewis was underrated during his nine-year career. In his rookie year, he brought a steady running game to Baltimore, as the Ravens won Super Bowl XXXV. In 2003 he became 1 of 7 running backs to rush for 2,000 yards in a single season.

12. Zach Thomas 

Zach Thomas was a first team all-pro five times and made seven Pro Bowls. He was a hard-nosed linebacker who played for 13 seasons. Thomas recorded 20.5 sacks and 17 interceptions throughout his career.

To be inducted into the Hall of Fame is the highest honor a player can receive. These players left their mark on the game and deserve this honor. Canton is a special place for anyone who loves the game of football. These 12 men loved the game and deserve a place in Canton.

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To The Coach Who Ruined The Game For Me

We can't blame you completely, but no one has ever stood up to you before.
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I know you never gave it a second thought, the idea that you're the reason I and many others, never went any farther in our athletic careers.

I know you didn't sincerely care about our mental health, as long as we were physically healthy and our bodies were working enough to play. It's obvious your calling wasn't coaching and you weren't meant to work with young adults, some who look to you as a parent figure or a confidant.

I also know that if we were to express our concerns about the empty feeling we began to feel when we stepped onto the court, you wouldn't have taken the conversation seriously because it wasn't your problem.

I know we can't blame you completely, no one has ever stood up to you before. No one said anything when girls would spend their time in the locker room crying because of something that was said or when half the team considered quitting because it was just too much.

We can't get mad at the obvious favoritism because that's how sports are played.

Politics plays a huge role and if you want playing time, you have to know who to befriend. We CAN get mad at the obvious mistreatment, the empty threats, the verbal abuse, “It's not what you say, its how you say it."

We can get mad because a sport that we loved so deeply and had such passion for, was taken away from us single-handedly by an adult who does not care. I know a paycheck meant more to you than our wellbeing, and I know in a few years you probably won't even remember who we are, but we will always remember.

We will remember how excited we used to get on game days and how passionate we were when we played. How we wanted to continue on with our athletic careers to the next level when playing was actually fun. We will also always remember the sly remarks, the obvious dislike from the one person who was supposed to support and encourage us.

We will always remember the day things began to change and our love for the game started to fade.

I hope that one day, for the sake of the young athletes who still have a passion for what they do, you change.

I hope those same athletes walk into practice excited for the day, to get better and improve, instead of walking in with anxiety and worrying about how much trouble they would get into that day. I hope those athletes play their game and don't hold back when doing it, instead of playing safe, too afraid to get pulled and benched the rest of the season.

I hope they form an incredible bond with you, the kind of bond they tell their future children about, “That's the coach who made a difference for me when I was growing up, she's the reason I continued to play."

I don't blame you for everything that happened, we all made choices. I just hope that one day, you realize that what you're doing isn't working. I hope you realize that before any more athletes get to the point of hating the game they once loved.

To the coach that ruined the game for me, I hope you change.

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Seattle Seahawks 2019 Draft Review

This year's draft featured predictability and surprise.

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The Seattle Seahawks made a few expected and unexpected moves in the 2019 NFL Draft. With only four picks in the draft, many analysts and fans suspected that they would trade down. They did exactly that, trading their first-round selection (21st overall) to the Green Bay Packers in exchange for theirs (30th overall) along with two fourth-round picks (114th and 118th overall). However, they promptly traded their 30th selection to the New York Giants for three picks of theirs (37th, 132nd and 142th overall) and traded the remaining two picks to the Minnesota Vikings and New England Patriots, respectively. In return, they acquired New England's 64th overall selection and Minnesota's 120th and 204th overall picks. However, Seattle's most notable move was acquiring the Kansas City Chiefs' first-round selection (29th overall) while giving them star pass rusher Frank Clark.

Not many expected Ole Miss wide receiver D.K. Metcalf to fall to Seattle at pick 64 at the second round, but the Seahawks snatched him up when they realized he was still available. They also drafted two additional wide receivers in Gary Jennings Jr. and John Ursua to add depth to the position and possibly replace longtime mainstay Doug Baldwin eventually. They used their top two picks on TCU defensive end L.J. Collier (29th overall) and Utah safety Marquise Blair (47th overall) to fill needs on the defensive side of the ball after the departures of Clark and Earl Thomas, and drafted a pair of linebackers in Cody Barton and Ben Burr-Kirven as insurance for Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright, the latter of whom will likely not be with Seattle in the long-term future.

The Seahawks have made both predictable and surprising moves in this year's draft, and we will see how they pan out after the 2019 NFL season commences in September.

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