7. Joe Theismann
Theismann had a similar situation to Alex Smith. The Washington legend also suffered a horrific broken leg that cut his career short. Unlike Smith, there’s no denying his prowess on the field. He won a Super Bowl with the Redskins and an MVP award in 1983. But there’s still a feeling that he never reached his full potential. Lawrence Taylor broke his leg in a game against the Giants.
To be fair, Theismann was in the twilight of his career anyway. But another couple of years of football could have sealed his place in Canton. He missed out on election to the Hall of Fame despite all of his accolades. The franchise legend is in a rare position because he achieved and contributed to a lot of iconic moments. However, he fell short of that top tier that he could have reached.