5 former Packers next in line for a Hall of Fame induction

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Head Coach Mike Holmgren

The unfortunate reality of Sharpe's injury provides a clear reason why he's yet to enter the Hall.

But for Mike Holmgren, a continued stint in the waiting room is hard to explain.

Holmgren's NFL journey began in 1986 as the 49ers' quarterbacks coach. He'd help Joe Montana and Steve Young find sustained success under center in the Bay Area. He was promoted by George Seifert to offensive coordinator in 1989, and would remain in that position through the 1991 season.

Holmgren was then hired as the Packers' coach, a position he'd keep from 1992 to 1998. After an extended run of mediocrity, Green Bay would return to glory under Holmgren.

He helped mold Favre into a three-time MVP, and the duo soon helped bring the Lombardi Trophy home with a Super Bowl 31 victory.

After another Super Bowl appearance the following year, Holmgren stayed on for one more year before departing for Seattle, where he served as both coach and general manager.

Though his tenure as GM ended after 2002, Holmgren later coached the Seahawks to their first-ever Super Bowl appearance in 2005, falling to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the big game. He retired from coaching after the 2008 campaign.

With 12 playoff berths and a career 161-111 record to his name, Holmgren was one of the most successful coaches of the 1990s and 2000s.

His work to restore respectability into two franchises makes him very deserving of a spot in the Hall of Fame, and his wait should've been over years ago.

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