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Most Hall of Famers on an NFL Team

Today’s trivia is a straightforward one: only one team in NFL history has fielded 11 players who are currently members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Can you name that team?

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No other team has had more than eight Hall of Fame players.

  • If you wanted to get into players who should be in Canton, the 69 Chiefs would have 9 (Dawson, Culp, Buchanan, Lanier, Bell, Stenerud, Thomas in, & Tyrer and Robinson should be).

    Of course, going by who should be in the Hall would give those 61 Packers 12, with the addition of Kramer.

    • Ryan

      Hornung worthy hall of famer?
      With Stenerud in, do we see another kicker? Nick Lowery?

      • I am not really in the business of kicking people out once they’re in.

        My belief on kickers may be contrary to a lot of others’ beliefs, but I think that they just don’t affect the game enough. The best kickers will see the field maybe 10 times in a game if they handle kickoffs too.

        Morten Anderson, for example, played 382 games; he had 709 FGA and 859 XPA, or 1568 action plays. That’s like two seasons of Matthew Stafford football. So if they are going to let another special teamer in, I would hope they would let in Jerry Kramer, Johnny Robinson, Ken Anderson, and Kenny Easley – at the very least – first. I would argue for Tony Boselli, Terrell Davis, Sterling Sharpe, Cliff Branch, Harolds Jackson & Carmichael, Robert Brazile, and Randy Gradishar ahead of any kicker too. The more I think about it, the longer the list grows, so I will stop lest I go overboard.

        As far as Hornung goes, it has to be about popularity. Even his MVP nod in 1961 made no sense, especially when another guy in his own backfield gained over twice the yards and 6 more RTDs. I don’t get it, but my grandpa told me that if the media were as prominent then as they are now, Hornung would have been the 50s version of Tebow/Manziel (as far as hype goes).

  • Justin

    If Tony Dungy makes the Hall of Fame, would you count him for the Steelers? He was there as a safety in 77 and 78.

  • I had not been doing well on the trivia lately, but I got this one before any hints.

    Typo: “In ’64, Horning was back” should be “Hornung was back.”

    • Chase Stuart


  • Tim Truemper

    I figured the Packers of 1962 but was off. Forgot that Lombardi got Emlen Tunnell from the Giants (Allie Sherman was steadily purging the roster of Landry and Lombardi old timers).

    I also thought maybe the 1940 Chicago Bears. Did not look up the roster though to see who is HOF on there.

    The Cowboy Team (fairly new book on them called “The Breakthrough Boys”) was interesting. Forrest Gregg was asked by Landry to come out of retirement to provide some depth on the OL. Alworth was acquired in a trade that also involved the Rams. (This related to the Lance Rentzel scandal). Ditka became a long standing Cowboy assistant. He would play five years with Dallas as a TE starting in 196?). Herb Adderly was a major acquisition as he solidified a great secondary that had Cliff Harris, Cornell Green, and Mel Renfro. Both Alworth and Adderly would be somewhat critical of their time spent in Dallas under Landry.

  • I was going to say the Packers or Bears just because those 2 are the teams with the most in the Hall of Fame.

  • Howard

    It is amazing to consider the talent level of those Packers, Cowboys and Steelers teams. The Chiefs and Raiders of the late 1960’s and so were close. But, more modern dynasties including the 1980’s 49er’s, 1990’s Cowboys and 2000’s Patriots probably had no more than 5-6 Hall of Fame players each. More teams lead to thinner talent overall.

    • sn0mm1s

      Not really – the criteria needed to make the HOF is much more strict now. In the early days it was much easier to make the HOF. Hell, this Packer team was beat by an all-star college team. Think about that for a second. A team that has more HOFs than a modern pro bowl team, was beat by a college all star team that had practiced on a few weeks.

      • Howard

        By what method or concept do you base your premise? Yardage pigs like Jim Kelley and Warren Moon are in. Certainly they are creatures of modern passing rules.

        The Packers treated the 1963 All Star Game like the exhibition it was. I think the 1963 Packers HOF members mentioned deserve to be in even if they lost 56-0 to the college all stars.

        • sn0mm1s

          Common sense really. Only X number of players can make a pro bowl/all pro/or HOF per year. When the pool is much smaller a greater percentage of players get awarded such accolades.

          Also, I don’t really care if the Packers treated it as an exhibition (which I highly doubt that they did) there is no reason for them to lose to a college all star team that barely had any time to practice together.

          The majority of players from the 1960s or earlier wouldn’t even make an NFL team.

          • Howard

            You are confusing apples with automobiles. While there is some logic to the assumption that it is more difficult to make a pro-bowl today than in yesteryear, it is irrelevant regarding HOF induction. First of all except for rare cases there is a 5 year waiting period to be elected. And a review of many inductees indicates there is both a senior entry and players admitted after waiting many years. So, by your standard only current players who are “superior” should be inducted. This is not the rule obviously.
            And no one, except perhaps you is making the point that because someone in played thirty or more years ago couldn’t make today’s NFL (an incorrect assumption, except for linemen); they are not worthy. The proper comparison is how they played against their peers. In this case the 5 NFL championships won by the core of the HOF Packers is a more worthy litmus test than losing an exhibition game. Should they have won that game? Sure, but it is not a dis qualifier.

            • sn0mm1s

              From 1920-1962 (43 years) a total (according to PFR) 6633 players played in the NFL of those who played at least 1 season 130 of them are now in the HOF.

              From 2002-2013 (12 years) a total of 6533 players have played in the NFL only 19 have made it in. You think you have seen ~121 HOFers in the past 12 years that aren’t already in the HOF?

              Let’s go back a little further to make sure that players have had ample time to get in.
              From 1980-1994 has a pool of 6625 players 93 are in. 37 players is quite a bit to catch up.

              BTW – it is an incorrect assumption to assume that players 30 years ago wouldn’t make it in today’s game. However, it isn’t when you are talking about players in the pre-1970s. The mid 1970s is where we see the emergence of the modern NFL.
              1) Much larger pool of players playing now
              2) Players are truly professional (don’t need to hold down other jobs) and there is plenty of fame and money to attract the top athletes.
              3) PEDs didn’t hit the scene until the 70s so any clean player in today’s game is fighting an uphill battle.
              4) Integration makes a huge difference. If you remove something like %80 of today’s African american players you would get the breakdown of the early 1960s.

  • krl97a

    Chuck Howley and Cliff Harris should both be in from that 71 Cowboys team too.

  • AwsomeAnnie

    You need to update your trivia after the recent selection of Ken Stabler to the HOF. 1974 Oakland Raiders had nine players – Ken Stabler, Gene Upshaw, Art Shell, Jim Otto, Fred Biletnikoff, George Blanda, Ray Guy, Willie Brown, and Dave Casper (rookie). They also had John Madden as head coach, and Al Davis as owner who both made it into the Hall of Fame. Executive Ron Wolf was with the team in 1974 and was also recently selected.

    • Good point, thanks.

    • Richin65

      They also had 9 in 75 with the addition of Ted Hendricks (loss of Otto), and 9 in 73 with Bob Brown. .