Special Report

Teams With the Most Hall of Famers

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9. Chicago Bears
> Total Hall of Fame players: 28
> League: NFL
> Notable players: Mike Singletary, Walter Payton
> First season: 1920

No NFL team has more Hall of Famers than the Chicago Bears. The Bears have a tradition of hard-nosed players, like Mike Ditka, Mike Singletary, and 2018 enshrinee Brian Urlacher. Though the Bears have just one Super Bowl win, the franchise was dominant in the early days of the NFL, particularly the 1930s and 1940s. Link Lyman, Bronko Nagurski, and other Bears from that era are among the most revered players in football history.

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8. Ottawa Senators
> Total Hall of Fame players: 30
> League: NHL
> Notable players: Georges Boucher, King Clancy
> First season: 1917 (inactive 1934-1992)

Since reforming in 1993, the Ottawa Senators have only had one Hall of Fame player, Dominik Hasek, on their roster. But before the 58-season hiatus, the Senators were the class of the NHL, winning four championships from 1920-1927. Those early Senators teams are responsible for almost all of the Ottawa Hall of Famers — including legends like Art Ross, King Clancy, and Georges Boucher.

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7. Boston Celtics
> Total Hall of Fame players: 33
> League: NBA
> Notable players: Larry Bird, Bill Russell
> First season: 1946

The Boston Celtics had the most dominant stretch in American pro sports history, winning 11 championships in 13 seasons, starting with the 1956-1957 season. That season, the Celtics had seven different Hall of Fame players on their roster, including Bob Cousy and Bill Russell. In total, Boston has had 33 Hall of Fame players, coaches, and executives, and 17 NBA titles.

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6. Chicago Blackhawks
> Total Hall of Fame players: 44
> League: NHL
> Notable players: Tony Esposito, Stan Mikita
> First season: 1926

As one of the Original Six NHL teams, the Chicago Blackhawks are one of the oldest continuously-operating NHL franchises. Despite facing off against just five other teams during the Original Six era (1942-1967), the Blackhawks won just one Stanley Cup during that 25 year stretch and have fewer Hall of Fame inductees than the rest of the Original Six teams. However, with Chicago winning the 2010, 2013, and 2015 Stanley Cups, the team will likely have more players inducted soon.

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5. New York Rangers
> Total Hall of Fame players: 51
> League: NHL
> Notable players: Ed Giacomin, Brian Leetch
> First season: 1926

The New York Rangers are tied with the Boston Bruins with 51 Hall of Famers, but New York could soon break the tie. Former Rangers greats like Dan Boyle and Brad Richards will be eligible for induction starting in 2019. If elected, they’ll join other Ranger legends like Ed Giacomin and Brian Leetch.