Earning a bronze bust in the Pro Football Hall of Fame is the highest honor an NFL player can receive. This past August, we saw eight new members immortalized during the Class of 2016 Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony. And we have a pretty good idea as to who will be honored as NFL Hall of Fame Players in 2017.
We saw a handful of players retire last offseason, ones who all have a place waiting for them in Canton, Ohio — the Hall of Fame Class of 2021 may be the best ever, by the way — but given the rules of the Selection Committee, each of them must wait a minimum of five years before becoming eligible for induction. This got us thinking about which current players are already locks to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
With the 2016 regular season in the books and the 2016 postseason set to play out over the next five weeks, here is a look at 20 current players who are locks to become NFL Hall of Fame Players shortly after they hang up their cleats.
* Note: We removed Steve Smith Sr. and Andre Johnson from consideration following their respective retirements. Both players are destined for the Hall of Fame.