Baltimore Ravens: Most likely Ravens to enter the Hall of Fame
Honorable mentions pt.1:
*The following players should be Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees one day, but may not be remembered as Baltimore Ravens when looking back at their careers*
Steve Smith, Sr.
It speaks volumes to Steve Smith, Sr. as an individual that he is so beloved by the Ravens fan base despite just three seasons spent with the team. Smith, Sr. was often regarded as the epitome of what it meant to “Play like a Raven.” He brought his A-game on every down and had an edge that is unique throughout NFL history. His numbers absolutely warrant an early induction into Canton, with nearly 15,000 career receiving yards and 1,031 receptions. If not for the Hall of Fame being so stubborn on inducting wide receivers into Canton, Smith, Sr. would assuredly be a lock. While he should find himself into the halls eventually, perhaps it won’t be as fast as the rest.
Anquan Boldin is such a similar case study to Steve Smith, Sr. that it’s actually kind of scary. You can copy and paste what was said above here for Boldin. Boldin reeled in 1,071 receptions for close to 14,000 receiving yards while wearing the persona of being the ultimate possession receiver on his sleeve. Boldin is forever loved for his incredible 2012 post-season performance and had it not been for a ridiculously stupid trade following the team’s Super Bowl XLVII title, he could’ve remained with the Ravens for a long-time and even retired as a Raven.
Eric Weddle is still balling for the Ravens defense, but if he retired today he has a legitimate case for a Hall of Fame induction. Weddle has over 1,000 career tackles and 29 interceptions to his name and has been an unsung hero throughout the league since being drafted back in 2007. At 33-years old, Weddle is probably considered “over-the-hill,” but he still has a few years left in him to pad some stats and maybe get a ring on his finger. Going into his third season with the Ravens, a Super Bowl title and a couple more seasons (and Pro Bowl nods) in Baltimore could help cement his legacy as a Ravens great.