The recent retirement of longtime New England Patriots great Julian Edelman has sparked an interesting, yet tiresome discussion. Is Edelman a Hall of Famer? Will the former undrafted free agent be enshrined in Canton?
The short and simple answer is, no.
Edelman’s 12-year career will be remembered for years to come and he’s undoubtedly one of the greatest Patriots of his generation. From a former undrafted quarterback out of Kent State to a three-time Super Bowl champion, Edelman’s story is inspiring.
But he isn’t an all-time great. And that’s fine.
Regardless, this isn’t what we’re here to discuss today. The talk of Edelman possibly being inducted into the Hall of Fame has sparked further discussions about which other players deserve this prestigious honor.
The NY Jets have a host of former players who could find themselves in the Hall of Fame sooner rather than later. Or, at the very least, they have some former players who deserve to be in the Hall of Fame.
The organization currently has six former members of the team enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Five former players in Joe Namath, Don Maynard, Winston Hill, Curtis Martin, and Kevin Mawae, and one former coach in Weeb Ewbank.
Of course, that’s excluding the likes of Ed Reed, Ronnie Lott, and Brett Favre who had cups of coffee with the team.
Which former Jets greats deserve to make the Hall of Fame in the near future, over someone like Julian Edelman? Let’s take a look.
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