Just a quick thought here: I just turned it to the NE-TB game tonight and in the pre-game they introduced guest commentators, "Future Hall of Famers" Ronde Barber, Brian Urlacher, and Randy Moss. Urlacher was also referred to as a HoFer during ESPN's broadcast of our game versus the Bears.
Now this isn't a post only to make a case against Brian Urlacher (but I will say in my opinion he is FAR from a sure-thing), but the multiple mentions of his name as a future HoFer concerns me. I don't know if these media types want to endear themselves to any good player who retires, but they seem to throw that label around liberally. Maybe it's because many of these players end up working right next to these talking-heads? NFL Network happens to employ many actual Hall of Famers (now), but that doesn't mean all these new analysts are bound for Canton.
I don 't think many would argue against Randy Moss's eventual induction into Canton (aside from those detractors who are blinded by his attitude & media-crafted persona), but who honestly thinks Ronde Barber is a lock? Was he well-rounded? Sure. Was he among the likes of Deion Sanders, Rod Woodson, Darrel Green, Mel Blount, Mike Haynes or Willie Brown? Not in the slightest.
The Hall already naturally becomes watered down by sheer numbers. (If you have more than 20-30 guys at one position...it really loses some of that "legendary" feel to be included among them). Why must all these people lower the standards by which we consider someone an NFL Hall of Famer?
Thank you for bearing with me and my little rant :)