New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman NFL On Monday, it sparked an internet debate about whether Edelman was a valuable future Pro Football Hall of Fame. The debate soon ended when everyone who didn’t have a closet full of old Mike Vrabel and Danny Amendola jerseys ridiculed “no way,” “become real,” and “LOLZ.”
Edelman, the MVP of the Super Bowl LIII and Tom Brady’s favorite target for many seasons, is the location of the Patriots Ring of Honor (which will be really crowded) and important in our hearts. Deserves a good place. But he is not in the Hall of Fame.
But instead of ripping Edelman, let’s celebrate 10 NFL wide receivers over the last 50 years or so. These receivers are worth considering Hall of Fame.
Valuable Hall of Fame (HOF) NFL Wide Receiver: Shoe Inn
Let’s start by performing five obvious cases of overly qualified recipients who have not yet been enshrined.These NFL wide receivers Do not count Towards a list of 10 worthy Hall of Fame. So this is really a list of 15. Just play with me.
Toryholt and Reggie Wayne: Each was a HOF finalist last year, so each is at the doorstep of the canton. There is no reason to argue for them.
Julio Jones: He is a Hall of Fame rock. Matt Ryan is also not inducted into the Hall of Fame when Atlanta Falcons fans try to pretend to be him. But that’s a topic in another column.
Larry Fitzgerald: Also the lock when he retired in 2269.
Antonio Brown: He’s clearly inducted into the Hall of Fame, but I don’t feel like dealing with all of him.
10 Worth NFL Hall of Fame Wide Receivers
Since I shot with a shoe-in, let’s sink my teeth in some tougher cases. This is a wide receiver worth 10 people who are likely to be candidates for the Hall of Fame, have been shuffled or lost in the past, or have not been qualified for at least 10 years (in the first two cases). is.
Don’t be ridiculed as it’s so early in his career. Hill has already accumulated the core of its Hall of Fame portfolio. He has a Super Bowl Ring, played in the second Super Bowl, has already won 61 post-season passes, and has been named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame 2010s team.
Most importantly, he has accumulated sizzle reels full of memorable moments, and “signature play” can be as important for Hall of Fame cases as statistics and rings. Hill is an immediate influence player, and voters usually prefer that kind of player to those who just accumulate a lot of stats by becoming the gear of the machine.
Hill hasn’t been inducted into the Hall of Fame yet, but he needs a few more playoffs to get him to the top of the playoffs with Patrick Mahomes.
Hopkins, like Edelman, has people at the MIT Sloan Analysis Council buy Arizona Cardinals for Hopkins Best sports transaction of the year..My frenemy in the analytical world may have missed the fact that it was acquired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tom brady In exchange for money, I ended up winning the Super Bowl. But acknowledge the credit of the Sloan crew. They do not praise them as math sorcerers because Jon Gruden exchanged Khalil Mack for draft topics.
Anyway, three allproverses and four 100-yard seasons form the backbone of Hopkins’ impressive Hall of Fame resume. Nuuk also catches passes from Brian Hoyer, Ryan Mallett and Tom Savage and gets the juice to have a signature season, perhaps while having the best hands of his generation.
That said, Hopkins may have to wait in line behind another recent Houston Texans receiver and former teammate.
Johnson led twice at the reception and twice in the yard, catching passes from Matt Schaub (a better quarterback than he remembers) and David Carr (who wasn’t).
Johnson will be a candidate for the Hall of Fame next year. Despite his qualifications, he probably did not participate in the first vote. Holt and Wayne still have log jams in front of him, and Steve Smith has a slightly better overall portfolio.
Johnson should eventually be enshrined, but his case illustrates the stupidity of Julian Edelman’s argument. The standards of the Pro Football Hall of Fame are incredibly high, and even Johnson caliber players can enter the bottle with four to five other men in the first few seasons after retirement.
Like Andre Johnson, Smith qualifies for the Hall of Fame next season. However, he has some advantages over Johnson. He has a deserved tough guy personality, high television prominence (all voters try to adjust such things and some succeed), and some “signature plays”. Catch with broken arm And some unforgettable playoff performances.
Smith is the first unlikely Hall of Fame to vote, but he will be in the next few years.
Bordin is another receiver who was inducted into the Hall of Fame this year. He lacks the image of Johnson’s best season and Smith. However, there are many inducted traps in Boldin: Rookie of the Year Awards, Walter Paytonman of the Year Awards, Super Bowl Ring with Baltimore Ravens (and important Force Down Super Bowl Reception), and some playoffs Heroic Arizona Cardinals. , Many postseason productions, and 100 catch season pairs.
That said, Bordin played a fiddle after Larry Fitzgerald in his signature season and was perceived as a gritty veteran rather than a playmaker in his final season. That probably means he’s not enough to worship, it’s another indicator of how high the bar to the canton is.
The Ward was a pioneering slot receiver, a “universal” weapon, one of the most intense blocking receivers in NFL history, a four-time pro bowler, and the MVP of the Super Bowl XL. He has been stuck in the Hall of Fame semi-finalist purgatory for five years and is unable to advance to the finalist stage.
Ward Hall of Fame candidates are hampered by unimpressive statistics and a lack of All-Pro appearances. He is also shunted behind Holt and Wayne in the wide receiver cue and behind Alan Faneka in the former Steelers cue.
Ward is a better man than his statistics that influenced some great teams, but the hurdles in the Hall of Fame are so high that he can’t clear it.
Jacksonville Jaguar in the 1990s can’t take a break. People seem to forget how wonderful and groundbreaking those early Jaguar teams were. Tony Boselli is one of the best left tackles of a generation full of great generations and has been a finalist for five years. Fred Taylor, who was in a hurry over 11,000 yards, is unlikely to be seriously considered.
And then there’s Jimmy Smith, a five-time professional bowler who led the NFL at 116 receptions in 1999. Smith was one of the most dangerous NFL wide receivers of his time, with seven postseason touchdowns marked in the playoffs (Edelman 5).
Smith’s life after the NFL The problem was studded, But it has little to do with his Hall of Fame candidate. He shared with Keenan McCardell enough team chores to reach the AFC Championship Game. So his statistics were a bit low and he never enjoyed the glory of the Super Bowl.
Frankly, Smith has one of the weakest cases on this list. This is another indicator of how high the Hall of Fame bar really is.
Oh, did you think this was a “patriot hater” troll? Think again.
Morgan was one of the greatest threats in NFL history. He led the NFL in yards per reception for three years from 1979 to 1981. With 19.2 career yards per reception, it ranks 10th in history and is the best player to start a career after the merger of the AFL and NFL.
Morgan’s career had declined by the time the Patriots were hit by the Chicago Bears in the Super Bowl XX. The Hall of Fame was also generally unfriendly to receivers who played during the transition to the 16-game season, unless they played for the Steelers. But for several seasons, Morgan was one of the NFL’s most dynamic players.
Sharp was one of the best players in the NFL from 1992 to 1994. During that period he helped redefine both offensive expectations and the position of the wide receiver. Some of the NFL’s popularity for Green Bay Packers coach Mike Holmgren and his staff to pour the ball as the wide receiver moves into slots, hides in the backfield, or pulls on the tunnel screen. You can see it. In Sharp’s hands.
Unfortunately, Sharp suffered a neck injury at the end of the 1994 season, and that was it. His Hall of Fame candidate appeared when the Commission was in a hurry to clear the embarrassing Art Monk-Andre Reed-Tim Brown log jam. Sharp was better than any of them, but the others had a lot of long careers and post-season glory. Sharp just shuffled and got lost. He may be unqualified, but Sharp is not the most unqualified recipient on our list.
Edelman’s strongest Hall of Fame debate-his only Hall of Fame debate-is second only to Jerry Rice on the most-ever list of both playoff receptions (118) and yards (1,442). Now, Branch was 11th on the playoff reception list (73) and 4th on the receiving yard (1,289) so far, and he did damage in an era of short playoffs and far fewer passes!
Branch also led the NFL once in the yard, received two touchdowns, and was named Allpro three times in the mid-1970s. He caught two touchdowns in the Super Bowl XV and could have been easily named the game’s MVP.
Branches are almost sneaky in Hall of Fame qualifications. So why is he not in? The late 1980s and 1990s committees were a little obsessed with making sure that all Lombardy packers and Steel Curtain stealers with chin straps were enshrined. With an expanded 16-game season and increased attack levels, Branch’s 46-60 catch stats line seemed to be achievable with any receiver.
Finally, the Senior and Centennial Commissions appear to be determined to worship almost all 1970s recipients. except branch. Drew Pearson (part of the 2021 class) is a great player and I grew up admiring Harold Carmichael (2020 Centennial class), but Branch is more qualified than either.
Final thoughts on HOF-worthy wide receiver candidates
Brunch and Sharp are inducted into the Hall of Fame by all standards. Everyone else on this list has a strong claim, but some are stronger than others.
But do all 15 of these receivers be inducted into the Hall of Fame and even belong to your personal favorites that Edelman and I may have omitted? (Henry Ellerd, Rod Smith, Isaac Curtis Stan: This is your cry). may be. But as a result, the Pro Football Hall of Fame is flooded with hundreds of players in different locations.
You need to draw a line somewhere. And that line is inevitably blurry. That’s what makes a healthy Hall of Fame discussion fun. However, the debate that takes place at the moment a poor player retires is not really sound. They force some of us to look down on players like Edelman’s legacy. Because others just admire the local heroes or talk about malice and lack of information.
Julian Edelman, congratulations on your retirement. It was a pleasure to see and cover you for years!
Now let’s talk seriously about getting Cliff Branch and Sterling Sharpe into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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