No. 3: Rodney Harrison
I had a hard time putting Rodney Harrison over Schottenheimer, but players are always favored over coaches and in all likelihood, if only one of those guys gets the call, it will be Harrison.
For the record, I believe Schottenheimer is more deserving.
That said, Harrison had a great playing career and he’s the first player on this list who had his career start with the Chargers. A late-round pick out of Western Illinois, it was likely never believed that he would become as good as he ended up being.
Harrison was in the conversation for league’s best safety when he was playing. He had the athletic ability to play as a defensive back but also the physicality and hard-hitting nature to play more like a linebacker. Few players can do that in today’s game.
As a result, he became the first player in league history to record 30 sacks and 30 interceptions. The only other player to accomplish that feat is Ray Lewis and you guessed it, he’s in the Hall of Fame.
After nine great seasons with the Chargers, Harrison moved onto the Patriots where he would be part of multiple Super Bowl teams. He finished his career with 911 tacklesm 34 interceptions and 30.5 sacks.
The class of 2018 included Brian Dawkins and John Lynch, who is widely believed to gain entry into the Hall, is still waiting. So it may still be a few more years, at the least, for Harrison. However, of the players on this list, it wouldn’t be crazy to think that he has the best chance of getting in.