Not everyone gets to Canton when they finish their NFL career, but these 30 players have been overlooked when it comes to getting a gold jacket.
As Hall of Fame finalists for the class of 2022 get announced, it seems fitting to look at those who have been overlooked by the Hall of Fame and deserve to get more attention for how great their careers were. These are the top 30 Hall of Fame snubs in NFL history.
Who are the biggest Hall of Fame snubs in NFL history?
30. Tiki Barber
Tiki Barber was one of the best players on the New York Giants of the late 1990s and early 2000s. While he put together very solid seasons, he didn’t get a ton of accolades until the final years of his career.
In 2000, he rushed for 1,000 yards for the first time in his career. Two years later in 2002, he ran for just under 1,400 yards and 11 touchdowns, but was snubbed from the Pro Bowl. He was a Pro Bowler for the first time in 2004. He ran for 1,518 yards and 13 touchdowns on the season. The Giants were in the midst of transitioning Eli Manning into the starter that season, and finished the season 6-10. In 2005, Barber was a Pro Bowler again, as well as an All-Pro. He ran for over 1,800 yards and nine touchdowns.
Barber ran for over 1,600 yards in his final season in 2006. He retired with 10,449 yards and 55 touchdowns for his career. He retired just one season before the Giants won the Super Bowl, which is a shame because he clearly had gas left in the tank. Locker room issues were public, though, and Barber decided to call it a career.