Saturday the Hall of Fame voters placed six deserving members into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Problem is, there were a couple of names missing.
The voting committee missed the boat on a couple of players, and if I was a wide out in the NFL right now, I would be wondering what I needed to do to make the Hall after seeing how things went Saturday.
There were three very valid names on the list as far as WR’s went that missed the cut, and it’s starting to become apparent that the voters are not feeling warm and fuzzy about those that make tough catches in this new day and age of the wide open NFL.
Consider the three players that missed the boat on getting in that were of the wide receiver position.
Tim Brown – The former Raiders WR missed the cut early on Saturday, so his hopes were dashed pretty quickly. Brown though deserves serious consideration for the Hall. Brown himself broke the news to his own fans today via Twitter that he failed to make the hall.
” Raider nation!! Don’t bother to watch tonight they passed on me again!! In fact, no wrs made it again. Gotta get some of y’all in there!!”
Brown holds the NFL record for most the consecutive seasons with 75 or more catches, and even at 35 years old, he became the oldest player to return a punt for a touchdown.
It was back on December 21st, 1997 the receiver passed Pro Football Hall of Famer Fred Biletnikoff for the top spot on the Raiders all-time receiving list after catching a 20-yard pass from Jeff George in the first quarter of the game between the Raiders and Jaguars.
In December of 2002 he joined Jerry Rice and Cris Carter, becoming only the third player in NFL history to catch 1,000 passes.
Brown should get in, but then again, with two other dominant WR’s missing the cut, you just can’t tell when it may happen. Or if it will.
Joining him on the list today was Andre Reed, the Bills great who was the main WR in the Buffalo failed four Super Bowl run.
Reed made the cut to 10 finalists, but did not make the final cut. He wrapped up his playing career with 13,198 yards on 951 catches, as well as scoring 87 touchdowns. He ranks in the all-time top 10 in receptions and receiving yards and is 11th in career touchdown receptions.
He was the best WR on a team that made four straight Super Bowls, and has the second-most receptions in Super Bowl history behind Jerry Rice and is third in all-time Super Bowl receiving yards.
If he’s being punished for the Bills not winning one of those four Super Bowls, it’s not his fault, nor should he be kept out of the Hall because of it.
Last on the list to be left off was Vikings WR Cris Carter, this despite putting up more than enough stats to where he should be voted in.
In case you forgot, he had 1,101 catches, 13,899 yards and 130 touchdowns during his 16 seasons in the NFL.
His catch total ranked second all-time at the time of his retirement and is fourth now. His yardage was third all-time when he retired and ranks eighth now. And his receiving touchdown total also ranked second all-time when he stepped away from the game and ranks fourth now.
Carter seems to be stuck in a position where guys are just not being voted in, and it’s a shame for three guys that have doe enough over their careers to deserve the honor.