It is perhaps the ultimate honour for many footballers. Being eligible and inducted into the AFL Hall of Fame means joining an elite group of the game's finest.

For some, being eligible and considered is as far as it will go. For the truly special, being inducted is recognition of a career of achievement and service to our great game.

Each year, up to six people can be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Considering the sheer weight of incredible players across the generations, it's an exclusive club.

While the main criteria for being eligible is being retired for more than five years, there is much more to actually be inducted. From the number of games played, coached or umpired, the criteria also includes ability, sportsmanship, achievements and character.

This ensures only the finest make the cut. With so many worthy as players alone, the criteria sees those who have left the game better than when they entered it be given priority.

As such, we here at Zero Hanger have put together a list of seven former stars who might make the cut now that they're deemed eligible, having called time on their careers in 2016.

2. Corey Enright

Arguably the greatest back-pocket of the modern era, Enright is locked to be inducted one day. It's not a matter of if, but when. Enright was a phenomenal player who epitomised the most successful period in Geelong's history.

GEELONG, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 10: Corey Enright of the Geelong Cats runs with the ball during the round three AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the Brisbane Lions at Simonds Stadium on April 10, 2016 in Geelong, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Six All-Australians, two best and fairests in premiership campaigns and a triple premiership player, perhaps the only thing more impressive than his list of achievements is his character.

Humble and unassuming, there were few more unanimously loved players during his time. A joy to watch, Enright's character and ability were both a gift to the game during his 332-game career.