Being selected for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame is the most prestigious honor a player can receive. This summer, Peyton Manning, Charles Woodson, Alan Faneca, Calvin Johnson and John Lynch were inducted as the five modern-era players while Drew Pearson and Tom Flores went in as the senior and coach inductees respectively.
Oddsmakers at Sportsbook are already looking ahead to next August when five more players will get the nod to put on the gold jacket and have their names enshrined for eternity.
Former Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware (-175) leads the way in 2022 NFL Hall of Fame odds as the most likely player to get inducted in next year’s class with wide receiver Torry Holt (-125), return specialist Devin Hester (-115) offensive tackle Tony Boselli (+105) and defensive lineman Richard Seymour (+150) rounding out the top five.
Check out our analysis and best bets for 2022 NFL Hall of Fame odds below.
2022 NFL Hall Of Fame Odds
Odds as of August 17 at Sportsbook
2022 NFL Hall of Fame Odds Best Bets
DeMarcus Ware (-175)
2021’s class had a couple players who were absolute locks to get in. Peyton Manning and Charles Woodson were sure-fire first ballot players while Calvin Johnson was probably close to that for many voters.
But in 2022, there doesn’t seem to be any of those stone locks for enshrinement.
Ware is probably the closest we have.
The 12-year veteran was a four-time first-team All-Pro, nine-time Pro Bowler and won the Super Bowl with Denver in 2016. Ware was also part of the 2000s All-Decade team and led the league in sacks twice. He is 13th on the career sacks list with 138.5.
Those numbers put him square in the conversation for enshrinement despite not having that first-ballot cache of some other recent inductees. In any other year, Ware might not make it. But on this list there aren’t a lot of players who had numbers like his.
Andre Johnson/Steve Smith/Anquan Boldin
In my opinion, none of these players should get in on their first ballot. They all had great careers but feel a bit like players whose numbers were boosted by longevity rather than efficiency. That being said, all three rank inside the top 15 all-time in receiving yards and Smith (+700) has more yards than any player not yet in the Hall.
Voters tend to make these types of players wait a bit with other deserving wideouts ahead who have already been passed over (Holt, Wayne), but it can’t hurt to sprinkle some money on Smith or Johnson (+300) with such attractive 2022 NFL Hall of Fame odds.
Devin Hester (-115)
Devin Hester has an interesting case. He is maybe the greatest return man in NFL history, and being the best at anything usually results in enshrinement. But because his career as a receiver was limited, it will be interesting to see how voters view him.
is 14 career punt return touchdowns is head-and-shoulders above anyone else in league history and his combined 19 punt and kick return TDs is also the most ever. Nobody could change a game in one play quite like Hester. And in a ‘weak’ year, he could easily get the nod.
Zach Thomas (+225)
Thomas feels close to a lock after being a finalist the last two years. A five-time first-team All-Pro and 7x Pro Bowler, Thomas had a great career – even if he wasn’t quite at the level of recent inductees Brian Urlacher and Ray Lewis. But again, Thomas could benefit from 2022 being a year without any true all-timers. We like him a lot at +225 in 2022 NFL Hall of Fame odds.
Ronde Barber (+500)
Barber was a finalist for the first time in 2021 and could get the nod in 2022 as a player with a lot of cache with voters. But Barber’s career should be enough to stand on its own and get him in.
He revolutionized the nickel cornerback position and has been called the greatest nickel of all time by coaches and analysts. While his interception numbers aren’t quite as high as voters like for HOF corners, he is one of only two players in NFL history to have 40+ interceptions and 20+ sacks (‘21 inductee Charles Woodson is the other).
arber also had remarkable consistency, holding the NFL record for consecutive starts at defensive back with 215. He did not miss a game between November 1999 and December 2012.
Barber was also a 5x Pro Bowler, 3x All-Pro, a member of the 2000s All-Decade team and a Super Bowl Champion. There’s a great case to be made that he is actually more deserving of a gold jacket than Bucs teammate John Lynch, who was inducted this year. With that resume, we like his odds as a long shot at +500 in 2022 NFL Hall of Fame odds.