Special Report

Teams With the Most Hall of Famers

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20. Washington Redskins
> Total Hall of Fame players: 20
> League: NFL
> Notable players: Darrell Green, Art Monk
> First season: 1932

The Washington Redskins have five championships, two before the AFL-NFL merger and then three Super Bowls in a 10 year span. Typically, runs like this are linked to a quarterback, like Terry Bradshaw or Tom Brady, but Washington’s three Super Bowl wins came with three different quarterbacks. Those teams owe much of their success to Hall of Famers like wide receiver Art Monk, lineman Russ Grimm, and head coach Joe Gibbs.

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19. Pittsburgh Steelers
> Total Hall of Fame players: 21
> League: NFL
> Notable players: Joe Greene, Jerome Bettis
> First season: 1933

With six Super Bowl wins, the Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the most successful team in the modern NFL. Much of the Steelers’ success was in the early 1970s. Terry Bradshaw and Franco Harris led the offense, and Jack Lambert and “Mean” Joe Greene led the defense, helping the team win four Super Bowls in six seasons.

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18. St. Louis Blues
> Total Hall of Fame players: 22
> League: NHL
> Notable players: Brett Hull, Al MacInnis
> First season: 1967

None of the 22 Hall of Fame players in Blues history could ever bring the Stanley Cup to St. Louis. The franchise won its first-ever Cup in 2019, despite having a wealth of talented players in its history. The Blues lost in the Stanley Cup finals each of their first three seasons. St. Louis was home to Hall of Fame players like Bernie Federko and Brett Hull.

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16. Detroit Pistons (tied)
> Total Hall of Fame players: 23
> League: NBA
> Notable players: Isiah Thomas, Dennis Rodman
> First season: 1948

The Detroit Pistons’ greatest teams often take on the gritty, blue collar attitude of the city itself. The “Bad Boy” Pistons won consecutive titles in 1989 and 1990, featuring Hall of Famers Dennis Rodman, Joe Dumars, and Isiah Thomas.

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16. Atlanta Hawks (tied)
> Total Hall of Fame players: 23
> League: NBA
> Notable players: Dominique Wilkins, Bob Pettit
> First season: 1949

Though recent versions of the Atlanta Hawks have struggled to find success, the franchise has a rich history. In the early days of the NBA, the Hawks, located in Milwaukee and then St. Louis, were perennial threats to win the NBA championship with players like Bob Pettit and Zelmo Beaty. Even though the Hawks have been in Atlanta for 50 years, most Hawks in the Hall of Fame are from the franchise’s first 20 seasons.

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