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The Best NFL Players: Future Candidates for the Pro Football Hall of Fame

All sports have their own awards when it comes to impressive players. They are acknowledged for their skills and hard work for being the best among the rest. These are the kind of players that make bettors wager against bookie odds. Who could blame them when the players’ stats and wins speak for themselves. 

For the NFL, one of the most coveted awards that NFL players could have is to make it to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. This will show that they have contributed a lot to the sport and have made history.

Here are some of the best NFL players that are still active in the league and have the potential to be in the hall of fame.   

Tom Brady

Leading this list is none other than the New England Patriots quarterback. There would be no surprise there if Brady will be inducted to the hall of fame in the future. This is a no-brainer. With his impressive career and records, such as being the only NFL player in history to have six Super Bowl wins under his belt, he is on his way to having more record-breaking titles. 

Larry Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald has been flirting with retirement, but this 2020 he is still rumored to be back in the game. Although he lacks a Super Bowl ring, his impressive records make up for it. The Arizona Cardinals wide receiver is an 11-time Pro Bowler. He is also second in career receptions and touchdowns with 1,378 and 17,083, respectively. Fitzgerald is just behind another NFL player legend, Jerry Rice, who ranks number one in both. He also ranks sixth in receiving touchdowns with 120. That is why he will definitely be a potential candidate for the hall of fame.

Khalil Mack

This linebacker of the Chicago Bears already has a record of 61.5 sacks and 398 tackles. He is as one of the most feared defensive players and has two defensive touchdowns. He is deemed to be held the NCAA record for forced fumbles (20) and is a five-time Pro Bowler. In 2015, he also became the first NFL player to be ever selected first-team All-Pro at two different positions. To say the least, his future as a Hall of Famer continues to be promising.

Von Miller

Another linebacker, the Denver Broncos player, is known for being an active defender with 106.0 sacks, 489 tackles, and 25 forced fumbles. He is also an eight-time Pro Bowler, and he even got the Butkus Award for being the most outstanding college linebacker. In 2015, he was also named Super Bowl MVP for the NFL season. With such records, his future in the hall of fame is surely locked.   

Aaron Rodgers

This quarterback will be joining the Hall of Famers when his career is over because he is one of the best quarterbacks in his generation. The Green Bay Packers player had big shoes to fill when he replaced the famous Brett Faver. But, he showed that he could live up to it and proved that he was more than enough for the position. He ranks as number one when it comes to passer rating with 103.1. He is also in the top 10 list for career passing touchdowns. 

Those are just some of the potential inductees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. There are many more that should be mentioned. But, it just goes to show how there are so many great NFL players out there that sports fans can bet their stakes on. 

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A Rundown of the Most Passionate NFL Superfans

The spirit of the game lives in the hearts of fans everywhere who support their teams so passionately. ~David Baker, President and CEO of Pro Football Hall of Fame

Do you ever wonder what would happen to NFL teams and players without their fans? Well, that’s an undesirable place for sure.

It’s good to know that starting 2019, the Pro Football Hall of Fame is opening up its halls to accommodate the NFL’s super fans. 

In January 2019, the organization inducted three fan honourees into the Ford Hall of Fans. Over 170,000 ballots are cast through online polling that began months before the announcement of finalists. 

These are Don Wachter, a Chicago Bears fan; Rick Holman, a Pittsburgh Steelers fan; and Roger Avila, a Miami Dolphins fan.

Here’s a list of the most passionate NFL fans.

Don “Bearman” Wachter

Wachter is a 56-year-old Plainfield, Illinois resident. He was a season-ticket holder for 33 years and counting. 

Also known as the Bearman, other than painting his face, Wachter also wears a bear head hat to games—where he got his moniker from. 

Between 1998 and 2004, he was the Bears most reliable ally in firing up the home crowd. Wachter would run onto the Soldier Field 

Roger “Dolfan Maniac” Avila

Avila, who is also 56 years old, is from Miami. He was a season-ticket holder for 24 years now.

Avila was called the Dolfan Maniac and considered one of the faces of the team. He appears on TV broadcasts on his usual attire—his No. 40 white Miami jersey. 

Rick Holman

Holman is the youngest of the three, at only 39 years old. He was a season-ticket holder for 18 years. From Beaver, Pennsylvania, Holman is a history teacher.

Holman never missed a match played in Heinz Field, whether a preseason, regular or playoff game. Holman also travels to Dallas, Tampa, and Detroit to watch the championship games of the Steelers.

Other NFL superfans

Wachter, Avila, and Holman are on a different league now that their names are up in the wall.

And while fans are not created equal, many others are worthy of the same recognition.

100% Cheese Free

Syd Davy’s alter ego, 100% Cheese Free first appeared in Halloween 1993. Other fans motivated him to continue dressing up because they loved how it looks. He is regarded as the face of the Minnesota Vikings.

Hunka Burning Fan

John Lang, 56, is a Buffalo Bills fan who dons Elvis Presley garb. It started with a bet that he couldn’t appear on TV, only he did. He received an airtime thanks to his old guitar, white jumpsuit and painted sideburns. Now known as the rock n roll fan, Lang is now a staple at every Bills game.

Sound and Fury

Leroy Mitchell has been wearing a giant whistle headdress since 1996. A fan of the New Orleans Saints, his whistle can hit up to 120 decibels.

Queen Falcon

Carolyn “BirdLady” Freeman started following Atlanta Falcons in 1998—after 12 years of confinement in bed. She was a deputy sheriff and was severely injured while on duty. She was in every Falcons game, even flying to Houston to watch the Super Bowl LI. Freeman also painted her home black, white, grey, and red or the Falcon colours.

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