The first decade of the 21 century has passed, and we have seen plenty of young players come and go. Some have made their names and are locks to be in the Hall of Fame. For the next decade that is coming upon let us look at potentially dominant football players who could possibly be in the next round of Hall of Fame inductees.
He has the ability to become one of the greatest running backs in the history of the National Football League. In his young career of three seasons he already set the bar higher than any running back, ever. Currently he has the most rushing yards in game (296 yards), a 3 time Pro Bowler, rookie Pro Bowl MVP, and a rushing title.
As all running backs keeping him health will take a lot of preparation, protection, and luck. If he continues at this pace we will be witnesses to one of the greatest running backs of our generation.
He is starting to become the great receiver that people expect that he will become. He has the physical skills, and the humble personality that sets him apart from the pre-Madonna style receivers that litter the NFL today. He has done what is asked of him in Arizona, and almost single handedly won the Superbowl in 2009.
If anyone is going to have a chance of catching up to Jerry Rice's records, Larry Fitzgerald has the ability and is in the right offensive system to do so.
Replacing a Hall of Fame quarterback who has been the face of your franchise is tough. Tougher still is replacing him when the incumbent quarterback still feels like he can still play at a high level. With the soap opera that Brett Favre has created during his waffling decision making for retirement or not, Aaron Rogers has come in and played exceptionally well. Aaron Rogers is the role model quarterback who waits patiently and learns the system, so once he is in charge the team does not miss a beat. Just as there was Steve Young to replace Joe Montana, there is Aaron Rogers more than capable to replace Brett Farve.
Being the first quarterback to lead the Atlanta Falcons to its first back to back winning seasons is no small feat in itself. Atlanta is building to have a good run, and Matt Ryan the right quarterback to base your team on. Franchise quarterbacks are a rare commodity, and drafting one that performs from the beginning is a dream come true for any franchise. With Matt Ryan in place you will see the Falcons be a perennial contender in the next decade to come.
Whether he is drafted in the first round, or picked up as a free agent he will make an impact somewhere in the NFL. He is the type of player that will be a lightning rod for various issues on and off the field, but he has the right intentions and he follows his heart. The big question is can he be groomed into a NFL caliber quarterback? Give him some time, and with the right coaching and he will be a dominant player in the NFL. The passion and drive has shown in college, and his ability to will a team to win can be one of the greatest marketing ploys the NFL can use in the next decade.
Will these five football players be locks for the NFL Hall of Fame in 2020? Only time will tell, but keep your eye out for these great athletes to become the torch bearers of the League in the coming years.