Election by year of eligibilty & year as finalist
 

Class of 2007 enshrinee Bruce Matthews was elected in his first year of eligibility.
 
Since 1970 * Senior Candidate
– In those cases when a player’s career ended prior to 1963, the year of eligibility is based on the amount of years since the Hall opened in 1963 rather than the years from when the player last played.

– Prior to 1970, the procedure of naming 15 finalists was not defined. In 2007 Hall of Fame bylaws increased the number of finalists to 17.

# Parcells had been a finalist twice after having retired and there was no waiting period for coaches to be nominated for the Hall of Fame. He returned to coaching and by the time he permanently retired, Hall of Fame bylaws included a five-year waiting period for coaches.

(Year of Eligibility in Parentheses)

 Elected First Year of Eligibility
Hugh McElhenny 1970  
Jim Brown 1971  
Gino Marchetti 1972  
Ollie Matson 1972  
Raymond Berry 1973  
Jim Parker 1973  
Forrest Gregg 1977  
Gale Sayers 1977  
Bart Starr 1977  
Lance Alworth 1978  
Ray Nitschke 1978  
Larry Wilson 1978  
Dick Butkus 1979  
Johnny Unitas 1979  
David "Deacon" Jones 1980  
Bob Lilly 1980  
Jim Otto 1980  
George Blanda 1981  
Merlin Olsen 1982  
Paul Warfield 1983  
Willie Brown 1984  
O.J. Simpson 1985  
Roger Staubach 1985  
Ken Houston 1986  
Joe Greene 1987  
Jim Langer 1987  
Gene Upshaw 1987  
Jack Ham 1988  
Mel Blount 1989  
Terry Bradshaw 1989  
Franco Harris 1990  
Jack Lambert 1990  
Tom Landry 1990  
Earl Campbell 1991  
John Hannah 1991  
Jan Stenerud 1991  
Dan Fouts 1993  
Chuck Noll 1993  
Walter Payton 1993  
Tony Dorsett 1994  
Randy White 1994  
Steve Largent 1995  
Don Shula 1997  
Anthony Muñoz 1998  
Mike Singletary 1998  
Eric Dickerson 1999  
Lawrence Taylor 1999  
Ronnie Lott 2000  
Joe Montana 2000  
Jackie Slater 2001  
Jim Kelly 2002  
Marcus Allen 2003  
John Elway 2004  
Barry Sanders 2004  
Dan Marino 2005  
Steve Young 2005  
Troy Aikman 2006  
Warren Moon 2006  
Reggie White 2006  
Bruce Matthews 2007  
Darrell Green 2008  
Bruce Smith 2009  
Rod Woodson 2009  
Jerry Rice 2010  
Emmitt Smith 2010  
Marshall Faulk 2011  
Deion Sanders 2011  
Larry Allen 2013  
Jonathan Ogden 2013  
Warren Sapp 2013  
Derrick Brooks 2014  
Walter Jones     2014  
Selected First Year as Finalist But Not First Year of Eligibility
Jack Christiansen (7) 1970
Tom Fears (8) 1970
Pete Pihos (8) 1970
Vince Lombardi (3) 1971
Lamar Hunt (–) 1972
Clarence "Ace" Parker* (10) 1972
Ray Flaherty* (14) 1976
Bill Willis* (15) 1977
Alphonse "Tuffy" Leemans* (16) 1978
Ron Mix (3) 1979
Morris "Red" Badgro* (19) 1981
George Musso* (20) 1982
Bobby Bell (3) 1983
Bobby Mitchell (10) 1983
Arnie Weinmeister* (22) 1984
Bob St. Clair* (24) 1990
Stan Jones* (19) 1991
Tex Schramm (–) 1991
Jimmy Johnson (13) 1994
Lee Roy Selmon (6) 1995
Jim Finks (–) 1995
Joe Gibbs (4) 1996
Billy Shaw* (25) 1999
Dave Wilcox* (21) 2000
Nick Buoniconti* (20) 2001
Elvin Bethea (15) 2003
Joe DeLamielleure (13) 2003
Hank Stram* (20) 2003
Benny Friedman* 43) 2005
Fritz Pollard* (43) 2005
Charlie Sanders* (25) 2007
Emmitt Thomas* (24) 2008
Rickey Jackson (10) 2010
Dick LeBeau* (33) 2010
Floyd Little* (30) 2010
Chris Hanburger* (28) 2011
Les Richter* (46) 2011
Ed Sabol (–) 2011
Jack Butler* (50) 2012
Curley Culp* (27) 2013
Dave Robinson* (34) 2013
Elected Second Year as Finalist
Bill Hewitt (9) 1971
Frank "Bruiser" Kinard (2) 1971
Andy Robustelli (2) 1971
Norm Van Brocklin (6) 1971
Y.A. Tittle (2) 1971
Bill George (3) 1974
Lou Groza (2) 1974
Lenny Moore (3) 1975
George Connor (13) 1975
Sid Gillman (2) 1983
Charley Taylor (2) 1984
Frank Gatski * (23) 1985
Larry Csonka (3) 1987
Mike Ditka (12) 1988
Alan Page (2) 1988
Art Shell (2) 1989
Ted Hendricks (2) 1990
Lem Barney (10) 1992
John Riggins (2) 1992
Bill Walsh (4) 1993
Jackie Smith (12) 1994
Lou Creekmur* (32) 1996
Mike Webster (2) 1997
Wellington Mara (–) 1997
Tommy McDonald* (25) 1998
Howie Long (2) 2000
Mike Munchak (3) 2001
Dan Hampton
(7)
2002
John Madden*
(27)
2006
Rayfield Wright*
(22)
2006
Thurman Thomas
(2)
2007
Roger Wehrli (20) 2007
Fred Dean (18) 2008
Andre Tippett (10) 2008
Bob Hayes* (29) 2009
Randall McDaniel (3) 2009
John Randle (2) 2010
Chris Doleman (8) 2012
Curtis Martin (2) 2012
Willie Roaf (2) 2012
Michael Strahan (2) 2014
Elected Third Year as Finalist
Joe Schmidt (3) 1973
Weeb Ewbank (5) 1978
Herb Adderley (3) 1980
Sam Huff (8) 1982
Sonny Jurgensen (4) 1983
Joe Namath (3) 1985
Willie Lanier (4) 1986
Fran Tarkenton (3) 1986
Len Dawson (7) 1987
Kellen Winslow (3) 1995
Mike Haynes (3) 1997
Paul Krause (14) 1998
Ozzie Newsome (4) 1999
Dan Rooney (–) 2000
Marv Levy (3) 2001
Dave Casper (13) 2002
James Lofton
(5)
2003
Michael Irvin (3) 2007
Ralph Wilson, Jr. (–) 2009
Shannon Sharpe (3) 2011
Aeneas Williams (5) 2014
Elected Fourth Year as Finalist
Dick "Night Train" Lane (4) 1974
Tony Canadeo* (12) 1974
Jim Taylor (4) 1976
Mike McCormack (17) 1984
Larry Little (8) 1993
Bud Grant (7) 1994
Leroy Kelly* (16) 1996
Henry Jordan* (21) 1995
Mel Renfro (14) 1996
George Allen*
(24)
2002
Gene Hickerson* (29) 2007
Dermontti Dawson (7) 2012
Cortez Kennedy (7) 2012
Bill Parcells (2 #) 2013
Elected Fifth Year as Finalist
Roosevelt Brown (9) 1975
Len Ford (13) 1976
Doak Walker* (24) 1986
Fred Biletnikoff (5) 1988
Buck Buchanan (10) 1990
Bob Griese (5) 1990
John Mackey (15) 1992
Dan Dierdorf (8) 1996
Charlie Joiner (5) 1996
Dwight Stephenson (6) 1998
Bob Brown* (26) 2004
Gary Zimmerman (6) 2008
Derrick Thomas (5) 2009
Claude Humphrey (28) 2014
Elected Sixth Year as Finalist
Dante Lavelli (13) 1975
Frank Gifford (8) 1977
Yale Lary (10) 1979
Willie Davis (7) 1981
Doug Atkins (8) 1982
Ron Yary (14) 2001
Cris Carter
(6) 2013
Elected Seventh Year as Finalist
Jim Ringo (9) 1981
Al Davis
(–)
1992
Harry Carson (13) 2006
Richard Dent (9) 2011
Elected Eighth Year as Finalist
Pete Rozelle (–) 1985
Don Maynard (9) 1987
Jack Youngblood (12) 2001
John Stallworth (10) 2002
Art Monk (8) 2008
Ray Guy
(23) 2014
Andre Reed (9) 2014
Elected Ninth Year as Finalist
John Henry Johnson* (16) 1987
Elected Tenth Year as Finalist
Willie Wood (13) 1989
Elected Eleventh Year as Finalist
Tom Mack (16) 1999
Elected Twelfth Year as Finalist
Paul Hornung (15) 1986
Elected Thirteenth Year as Finalist
Carl Eller (20) 2004
Elected Fourteenth Year as Finalist
Lynn Swann (14) 2001