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Teams With More Hall of Famers Than Wins

PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 4:14 pm
by Andy Piascik
There are at least seven teams that had more Hall of Famers than wins. The 49ers did it two years in a row and both the 49ers and Lions did it in the same season, 1955. The Steelers also did it twice three years apart with all of the same players:

1955 Lions: 6 Hall of Famers, 3 wins (not counting Yale Lary, who was in the military)
1955 49ers: 6 Hall of Famers, 4 wins
1956 49ers: 6 Hall of Famers, 5 wins
1964 Packers: 11 Hall of Famers, 8 wins
1971 Raiders: 9 Hall of Famers, 8 wins
1977 Steelers: 10 Hall of Famers, 9 wins
1980 Steelers: 10 Hall of Famers, 9 wins

Re: Teams With More Hall of Famers Than Wins

PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 5:46 pm
by JeffreyMiller
Andy Piascik wrote:There are at least seven teams that had more Hall of Famers than wins. The 49ers did it two years in a row and both the 49ers and Lions did it in the same season, 1955. The Steelers also did it twice three years apart with all of the same players:

1955 Lions: 6 Hall of Famers, 3 wins (not counting Yale Lary, who was in the military)
1955 49ers: 6 Hall of Famers, 4 wins
1956 49ers: 6 Hall of Famers, 5 wins
1964 Packers: 11 Hall of Famers, 8 wins
1971 Raiders: 9 Hall of Famers, 8 wins
1977 Steelers: 10 Hall of Famers, 9 wins
1980 Steelers: 10 Hall of Famers, 9 wins


Great list, Andy! Those Lions would be back, though.

Re: Teams With More Hall of Famers Than Wins

PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 6:03 pm
by Dirk
Good list!

Add to it:
1945 Bears, 4 HOF, 3 wins
1969 Bears, 2 HOF, 1 win

Re: Teams With More Hall of Famers Than Wins

PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:33 pm
by ChrisBabcock
1982 Oilers: 3,1
1983 Oilers: 4,2

Re: Teams With More Hall of Famers Than Wins

PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:38 pm
by BD Sullivan
1969 Steelers: Joe Greene and Chuck Noll, with one win.

Re: Teams With More Hall of Famers Than Wins

PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:02 pm
by ChrisBabcock
1952 Texans: 2,1

Re: Teams With More Hall of Famers Than Wins

PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:37 pm
by JuggernautJ
'57 Packers 4 (at least), 3
'82 49ers 5 (including Walsh and DeBartolo), 3

I'm betting 1982 has a few more... off to PFR for some fun investigating.

Re: Teams With More Hall of Famers Than Wins

PostPosted: Sat Feb 15, 2020 12:23 am
by Andy Piascik
I actually didn't include owners, GMs, head coaches and players like Tony Dungy from the 1977 Steelers on my original list. If we do add the owners, coaches and GMs but not players who made the HOF as coaches, then four of those teams have higher numbers of Hall of Famers:

1964 Packers: 12/8 (Lombardi)
1971 Raiders: 12/8 (Davis, Madden, Wolf)
1977 Steelers: 13/9 (Rooney, Rooney, Noll)
1980 Steelers: 13/9 (Rooney, Rooney, Noll)

The 1980 Steelers really jump out because they played a 16-game season while the others played 14.

Re: Teams With More Hall of Famers Than Wins

PostPosted: Sat Feb 15, 2020 1:48 am
by conace21
I'm surprised that nobody has mentioned the 1958 Packers yet.

Bobby Dillon
Len Ford
Forrest Gregg
Paul Hornung
Jerry Kramer
Ray Nitschke
Jim Ringo
Bart Starr
Jim Taylor

9 Hall of Famers
1 win.

Re: Teams With More Hall of Famers Than Wins

PostPosted: Sat Feb 15, 2020 2:34 am
by Andy Piascik
Good one. That is hard to believe.