While a lot of people can debate who does and who doesn’t belong in the hallowed fraternity of a sport’s Hall, one thing that can be debated is whether or not all the praise for currently active athletes is well-deserved. It seems the word, “future Hall of Famer,” gets tossed around a lot, which is why we’re taking a look at a few players who get mentioned in that sentence more than they probably should.
5. Jason Giambi
There’s probably a question whether or not Jason Giambi has Hall of Fame-caliber stats from his 19 years in the Majors, but if you compare his numbers to those who are in Cooperstown, he stacks up nicely. While “The Giambino” does have over 440 dongs, five All-Star appearances and an AL MVP to his credit, he’s still lacking that World Series title. He may have been one of the best power-hitters while in his prime—even after admitting to steroids—but he shouldn’t get into the Hall if you ask us.
4. Ben Roethlisberger
One word to describe Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is “winner.” With two Super Bowl rings and three trips total, he’s earned respect from his peers and fans. Still, his stats don’t suggest that he’s more than just a very good player in his era, as he’s only passed for more than 30 TDs in just one of his 10 seasons. “Big Ben” might be a big name—but when his career ends, voters shouldn’t be tempted to vote him into the Hall.
3. Champ Bailey
I understand that Champ Bailey has had a successful career in the league thus far—even playing in his first Super Bowl. But like other guys on this list, is he really a Hall of Famer? Not in our opinion. Other than a two-year stretch where he picked off 18 passes while in his prime, he hasn’t snagged more than three in the seven years since, failing to even get one this past season in the three games he started. While he’s a popular choice for the Pro Bowl—which is a popularity contest—Champ’s name shouldn’t be called for Canton.
2. Eli Manning
With two Super Bowl rings on his finger, Eli Manning has earned respect as one of the best winners in the league—when given the playoff opportunity—but where are the regular season stats to back it up? A Hall of Famer doesn’t have down years like Eli often has, seemingly forgetting where the ball should go and turning it over at ridiculous rates. Leading the league in picks three of his 10 years in the league, the youngest Manning brother has more titles than more decorated bro Peyton, but he’s not close when it comes to Hall of Fame credentials.
1. Carmelo Anthony
This might be a shocker to everyone reading this because he’s one of the best scorers in the NBA, but can anyone tell us how Melo actually makes any of his teams better? Only advancing to a Conference Finals once in his career—losing in six games to the Lakers in 2008-09—Anthony needs to prove to us that he’s more than just a one-dimensional player, and not just a bulk scorer. We’re not trying to discount anything he’s done in his career to this point, but we’d honestly like to see more before declaring him a surefire Hall of Famer.
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