The Pro Football Hall of Fame is for the chosen few. Those names who stood out for their greatness and did things unheard of on the football field. But the hallowed halls of Canton constantly grow and there are new legends added every year. And that's where we come in. Here is a list of men who are guaranteed a spot in the Hall of Fame in the future. -- Sid Saraf
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Nobody is going to argue over this. Since his arrival in the NFL back in 1998, Manning has been one of the few No. 1 overall draft picks who has lived up to the hype. The stats speak for themselves: five-time NFL MVP, seven-time first team All-Pro, 13-time Pro Bowler, Super Bowl winner, Super Bowl MVP. Heck, he was even named the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year once. He has earned a spot among the pantheon of great NFL quarterbacks and is guaranteed a spot in Canton. No-brainer, folks.
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Everything said about Peyton Manning can also be said about Brady. While Manning might have better numbers and individual accolades, Brady makes up for it with titles. Three Super Bowl victories, with five total appearances. In fact, his 18 career playoff victories is the most in history. He's also thrown for more playoff passing yards than anyone in league history and led the Patriots to the first undefeated regular season since the Miami Dolphins in 1972. Start buying the materials now, because this guy is guaranteed a Hall of Fame bust. Not bad for a sixth-round draft pick.
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And to think people thought he was too small coming out of college. Brees helped revitalize football in New Orleans when he signed a free-agent deal with the Saints back in 2005. Since his arrival, he's been nothing short of spectacular. He led the Saints to their first Super Bowl appearance and win in franchise history and has lit up the stat sheets. He holds the NFL record for the most consecutive games with a passing touchdown (54) and has had four seasons with at least 5,000 passing yards, which is the most all-time. The eight-time Pro Bowler also shares an odd distinction with Manning and Brady as he's also secured a Comeback Player of the Year Award. He will be wearing a gold jacket soon.
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One of the most feared and respected linebackers to ever play the game, Lewis has been out of the game for a year but his impact will continue to be felt for generations. His leadership helped the Ravens win two Super Bowls during his tenure. He was also a seven-time first team All-Pro selection and a 13-time Pro Bowler. That not enough for you? He was also named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year twice. The Hall of Fame was created for players like Lewis and he will take his rightful spot among the greats in just a few years.
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The man redefined the tight end position. His big frame along with his freakish athletic ability made it seem like Gonzalez was a man among boys on the field. When he retired at the end of the 2013 season, he held the NFL records for career touchdown catches and career receiving yards for a tight end. His 14 Pro Bowl appearances is also tied for the most in history and he was also an astounding 10-time first-team All-Pro. Simply amazing.
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A running back who can run, catch AND throw. "LT" took the league by storm upon his arrival in the NFL back in 2001. From 2002 to 2007 he enjoyed a statistical run that could match up with any running back in history. It all came to a head during his MVP season in 2006, when he set the NFL record for the most combined touchdowns (running and receiving) in a season with 31. He also threw for two more touchdowns and is ranked behind Walter Payton for the most career touchdown passes by a non-quarterback. The five-time Pro Bowler was also a three-time first team All-Pro. When he retired in 2011, he was fifth in career rushing yards with 13,684 and is second in all-purpose yards. He ranks second with 145 rushing touchdowns and third in total touchdowns. This guy is in.
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Here's a Heisman Trophy winner who got even better in the NFL. The 2009 Defensive Player of the Year was a regular at the Pro Bowl with eight appearances. He's also a seven-time All-Pro and led the league in interceptions twice. His 13 career defensive touchdowns is tied for the most in history. He even has a Super Bowl victory (XLV) under his belt. Woodson is still at it, having signed with the Oakland Raiders in 2013, but when his decorated career ends, he'll more than likely have to wait the minimum amount of time to get into the hallowed halls of Canton.
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Is it too early to think of Peterson as a Hall of Famer? No. "AD" became the third-fastest player to reach 10,000 yards rushimg during the 2013 season and he's still just 29 years old. He also became something of a medical marvel when he rebounded just months after suffering a major knee injury and dominated the NFL during the 2012 season. Somehow, he ran for 2,097 yards and was named the NFL MVP -- coming just nine yards short of breaking Eric Dickerson's single-season record. It's not hard to imagine that Peterson will continue to rack up stats over the next few seasons and will have a Hall of Fame spot waiting for him in the future.
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He has the best touchdown to interception ratio in NFL history and is the only quarterback to have a career regular-season passer rating of better than 100.0. He's won a Super Bowl, an NFL MVP Award and was named a first-team All Pro once. Remember, he sat behind Brett Favre in Green Bay for his first three seasons in the league. He still has several years of his prime ahead of him and plenty of time to pad his statistics and earn even more honors. By the time he takes off his cleats for the last time, he'll have the resume to get a gold jacket. Easily.
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No, it's not too early to think Megatron will be a Hall of Famer. He holds the NFL record for receiving yards in a season, which he set back in 2012. He already has the most career games with at least 200 yards receiving and holds the record for the most consecutive games with at least 100 yards receiving. He's just 28 years old and has four Pro Bowl appearances and three first-team All-Pro selections under his belt. Is it possible that he'll have 5-7 years of prime production ahead of him? You bet. Will that guarantee him a spot in Canton? How could it not?
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Hey, remember how Tom Brady has all those Super Bowl appearances and victories? All those passing records? Who do you think helped orchestrate all that? That's right, Belichick. The man already has a Hall of Fame resume and will rightly assume his spot soon after he decided to stop roaming the sidelines. Now, the only question is will his bust be wearing a hoodie?