Which special teams player not in the Hall of Fame is most deserving of the honor?
Return specialist Billy “White Shoes” Johnson – The only member of the 75th anniversary team not in Canton, Johnson was a three-time All-Pro named to two all-decade teams. He was also one of the first players to celebrate touchdowns with end-zone dances, with Johnson unveiling “The Funky Chicken” for delighted Houston Oilers’ fans every time he crossed the goal line.
Return specialist Brian Mitchell – He is one of only two players in NFL history (Jim Brown is the other) to lead the league in combined yards for four seasons. A three-time All-Pro, he holds a passel of return records, including most career kickoff and punt-return yards and most all-purpose yards in a single decade.
Special-teams ace Steve Tasker – Ask Marv Levy or Bill Polian who should be the next Bill inducted to Canton, and both pick Tasker. A seven-time All-Pro and member of the Bills’ 50th anniversary team, Tasker made his name as a sure tackler and ferocious hitter who forced fumbles, blocked kicks, returned kicks and rarely missed a stop.
Kicker Morten Andersen – The league’s all-time scoring leader, Andersen was a Hall of Fame finalist last year – the first kicker since Jan Stenerud to make it that far. A six-time All-Pro and member of two all-decades teams, Andersen kicked until he was 47, when he made 25 of 28 field goals – the most accurate season of his career – before retiring.