3 Biggest Pro Football Hall of Fame Snubs for the Class of 2020

Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Alan Faneca
Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Alan Faneca / George Gojkovich/Getty Images

On Saturday, the NFL unveiled the players chosen for induction into the Pro Football Fame's Class of 2020, with legendary Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu headlining the list.

Joining Polamalu in Canton, Ohio will be hard-hitting safety Steve Atwater, stalwart offensive guard Steve Hutchinson, all-world running back Edgerrin James, and star wideout Isaac Bruce. As is the case each year after the inductees are finalized, however, fans far and wide took to social media in an uproar over certain players that weren't selected. So, without further ado, let's highlight the three biggest snubs that were left out of this year's class.

3. John Lynch

John Lynch will have to wait at least one more year to enter football immortality, and it simply shouldn't have had to come to that. He's one of seven players in league history to total four Pro Bowls with two different teams: the Bucs and Broncos. Over his 15-year career, Lynch registered over 1,000 tackles, 26 interceptions, 13 sacks, and 10 forced fumbles. But those stats, though first-class, don't do justice to the impact he made on the back end of the Tampa Bay and Denver secondaries. Lynch, who also won a Super Bowl, has a strikingly similar record to 2020 enshrinee Steve Atwater. Do the math, people!

2. Zach Thomas

Former Dolphins LB Zach Thomas before the snap
Former Dolphins LB Zach Thomas before the snap /

The fact that Derrick Brooks was elected to the Hall in 2014, his first year of eligibility, and Thomas was left out again in 2020, his seventh (!) year of eligibility, is an absolute farce. The longtime Dolphins stud finished his career with 1,727 tackles, 16 forced fumbles, 20.5 sacks, 17 interceptions, eight fumble recoveries, and four touchdowns. Thomas was also named to seven Pro Bowls, five All-Pro first teams, two All-Pro second teams, AND the NFL's All-Decade Team for the 2000s. We're almost fully persuaded that voters have a vendetta against Thomas. What more does a guy have to do?

1. Alan Faneca

Steelers OL Alan Faneca blocking against the Ravens
Steelers OL Alan Faneca blocking against the Ravens / George Gojkovich/Getty Images

Honestly, what's it going to take for Alan Faneca to get the call to the Hall? FIVE times has the former Steelers stalwart been a finalist for the Hall of Fame only to fall short. Now, after Saturday's honorees were confirmed, this is all getting a bit ridiculous. In our eyes, Faneca -- a Super Bowl champ, eight-time All-Pro and nine-time Pro Bowler -- deserved entry over Steve Hutchinson. The LSU product was also an iron man, appearing in 206 of a possible 224 games across his 13-year career. The voters should be forced to explain this one.