Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/18/14

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 28: Pro Football Hall of Fame member Lynn Swann holds a Pittsburgh Steelers bowling ball on his arm during the Super Bowl Bowl Celebrity Classic at Pin Chasers Veterans Bowling Center on January 28, 2009 in Tampa, Florida. (Scott Boehm/Getty Images for USBC)
In reference to certain borderline Hall of Fame-caliber players, it’s often said that they belong in the “Hall of Very Good” rather than the Hall of Fame.I hate to say it, but I believe this is the case for the six players I have listed below no particular order. I mean no disrespect to these players.They were all very good in their own right.Interestingly, none of the players on this list played defense.I don’t think that’s completely a coincidence, since offensive players have always tended to get more respect and accolades. Doak Walker (Lions 1950-1955)The first strike against Doak Walker is that he only played in the league for six seasons with the Detroit Lions. While it’s true that that mere fact alone doesn’t necessarily take anything away from Walker’s accomplishments while he was in the league, short careers have kept many other accomplished players like Terrell Davis and Sterling Sharpe out of the Hall of Fame.Walker was a very good all-around player in his day, but out of...
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