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Tasker among 10 best not yet in Canton

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

One of the all-time great Buffalo barroom debates -- right up there with "Is Zubaz acceptable to wear to work on Casual Fridays?" -- is whether Steve Tasker deserves to be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Based on a list the NFL Network will unveil next week, he probably does belong in Canton.

As part of its coverage to promote enshrinement weekend, the NFL Network will break out "The NFL's Top 10 Players Not in the Hall of Fame" at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

The names have been released; the order has not.

In addition to Tasker, the list includes Ken Anderson, Cris Carter, Bob Hayes, Alex Karras, Jerry Kramer, Jim Marshall, Ken Stabler, Derrick Thomas and Ricky Watters.

But the most intriguing mention is Tasker. He was listed as a wide receiver, finishing his career with only 51 catches and nine touchdowns.

The fact Tasker's mentioned as worthy of consideration is testament to his crazy special teams acumen for a club that went to four straight Super Bowls.

He was 5-foot-9 and 185 pounds (maybe) but a fearless hitter. He could change a game with the way he torpedoed down a field, so much so that he went to seven Pro Bowls on that alone. He was Pro Bowl MVP in 1993.

In 2000, the Hall of Fame electors voted him onto the NFL's all-time team.

But is being a special-teams superduperstar enough to qualify for Canton? And, perhaps more importantly, do you still wear Zubaz? In public?