Hall of Very Good

Begun in 2002, the Hall of Very Good seeks to honor outstanding players and coaches who are not in the Hall of Fame.

Class of 2004

Gene Brito
Statistics
Position: Defensive End
Teams: Washington Redskins 1951-1958, Los Angeles Rams 1959-1960
Bio: Five-time Pro Bowl defensive end. Played in 84 consecutive games with Washington from 1951 thru 1958, with 1954 spent in Canada. Traded to Rams where he continued to star for two more seasons.

John Brodie
Statistics
Position: Quarterback
Teams: San Francisco 49ers 1957-1973
Bio: A talented passer for 17 seasons with a San Francisco teams that usually lacked the defense to match his offense. Gained 31,548 yards passing. Took 49ers to playoffs 3 times.

Jack Butler*
Statistics
Position: Defensive Back
Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers 1951-1959
Bio: Steelers coaches always said he could have been an all-pro receiver but was too valuable to move from defense. Intercepted 52 passes in 1951-59 career. Four Pro Bowls.

Chris Hanburger*
Statistics
Position: Linebacker
Teams: Washington Redskins 1965-1978
Bio: Made up for lack of size with quickness and determination to play 14 outstanding seasons at linebacker for the Redskins. Nine Pro Bowls. Named to Hall of Fame Team of the 1960s.

Bob Hayes*
Statistics
Position: Split End, Wide Receiver
Teams: Dallas Cowboys 1965-1974, San Francisco 49ers 1975
Bio: “World’s Fastest Human” who became great long-distance receiver with Cowboys (1965-75). Caught 371 passes with 71 touchdown receptions over 11-seasons, ten with Dallas. Averaged 20-yards per catch.

Billy Howton
Position: End
Teams: Green Bay Packers 1952-1958, Cleveland Browns 1959, Dallas Cowboys 1960-1963
Bio: Two-time All-NFL, broke several of Don Hutson’s team records with Packers before finishing with Cleveland and Dallas (1952-63). Caught 503 passes for 8,459 yards and 61 TDs.

Jim Marshall
Statistics
Position: Defensive End
Teams: Cleveland Browns 1960, Minnesota Vikings 1961-1979
Bio: Rugged defensive end; part of famed “Purple People-Eater” Vikings defense that reached four Super Bowls. Holds the NFL record with 282 consecutive games.

Al Nesser
Statistics
Position: Guard
Teams: Akron Pros 1920-1925, Cleveland Bulldogs 1925, Akron Indians 1926, New York Giants 1926-1928, Cleveland Indians 1931
Bio: An outstanding guard and end for two decades beginning in 1910. One of 6 legendary football-playing brothers with Columbus; starred with Akron’s 1920 and the Giants’ 1927 champs.

Dave Robinson*
Statistics
Position: Linebacker
Teams: Green Bay Packers 1963-1972, Washington Redskins 1973-1974
Bio: Often overlooked among Packers’ stars (1963-72), consistently graded as top team linebacker. Big enough to stop the run; fast enough to defend against passing. Three Pro Bowls.

Duke Slater
Statistics
Position: Tackle
Teams: Milwaukee Badgers 1922, Rock Island Independents 1922-1925, Chicago Cardinals 1926-1931
Bio: Iowa All-America who became the leading black player of the 1920s; chosen all-pro several times in 10-year career (1922-31) despite playing for weak teams Rock Island and Chicago Cardinals teams.

Class of
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2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010
2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003

*Voted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame after induction into the Hall of Very Good.

 
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