NFL Dynasties and Hall of Famers
July 11, 2012INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
Earlier this year, while working on an article about the greatest wide receivers snubbed by the Pro Football Hall of Fame, I realized that the 1990s Bills have more Hall of Famers than any of the teams that beat them in the Super Bowl. I asked readers, "How would you feel about [Andre] Reed getting elected and the Bills having twice as many HOFers as the Cowboy teams that embarrassed them in two Super Bowls?"
It got me thinking about which great teams are over- and under-represented in Canton. So below, we'll look at Hall of Famers and potential snubs for some of the most successful teams in history — including those (like the Bills) which obviously aren't true dynasties because they won few or no titles.
Lots of teams have three or four good seasons without distinguishing themselves in history, and beyond five or six years a team is seldom winning with the same players. We'll look at 39 teams who sustained success for exactly five years. The teams were selected based on a formula explained in an earlier column. In order to be listed, a player or coach must have appeared in at least 50% of the team's games.