Best Player by Position Not in Hall of Fame

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Text: Dennis Dillon
Photo: Walter Iooss Jr./SI

Quarterback: Ken Stabler

We asked veteran NFL writer Dennis Dillon for his list of the best player by position not in the Hall of Fame ahead of the Feb. 1 announcement of this year's enshrinees. Here are his 15 -- your list, of course, may differ. Send comments to

In 10 seasons with the Raiders, two with the Oilers and three with the Saints, Stabler completed 2,270 of 3,793 passes for 27,938 yards and 194 touchdowns, with 222 interceptions. He was a four-time Pro Bowl pick and a one-time, first-team All-Pro selection. He was a Hall of Fame finalist in 1990, 1991 and 2003.

Also worthy of consideration among those who have been retired for at least five years: Vinny Testaverde, Dave Krieg, Drew Bledsoe, Ken Anderson, Trent Green.

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