Leslie O’Neal, defensive end
One of two players who were a slam dunk for this list, Leslie O’Neal was an amazing talent and is generally one of the more underrated defensive players in NFL history when discussing some of the greats.
O’Neal spent 10 seasons with the Chargers, making the Pro Bowl in six of them. Thee 1986 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, O’Neal had 12.5 sacks as a rookie, showing that he would be a player that would get after the quarterback for years to come.
He had 17 sacks in 1992 which was the most in the AFC and when his time with the team concluded in 1995, his 105.5 sacks was the most on the team’s all-time list by a wide margin.
Like Dean, O’Neal is also part of the Chargers’ 40th and 50th Anniversary squads, but he has yet to make the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He’s never even sniffed that honor and that is quite honestly a travesty.
O’Neal is still tied for No. 13 on the league’s all-time sack list. Of the names tied with him or in front of him, here are the players not in the Hall of Fame: Terrell Suggs, John Abraham, Jared Allen, DeMarcus Ware, Julius Peppers.
Out of those names, how many will not be in the Hall of Fame? Maybe one, as most of them are basically a lock for the honor. So why do O’Neal’s accomplishments get forgotten? He was one of the most dominant sack artists of his era and he deserves to reach Canton at some point.