Based on how the Hall of Fame results went down Saturday, former Raiders wide receiver and return specialist Tim Brown probably has no better than an outside chance to make it next year when voting takes place in Indianapolis.
There’s no carry over from year to year in terms of voting, of course, but it’s worth noting that five players who made it to the final cutdown ahead of Brown will also be up against next year _ Pittsburgh center Dermontti Dawson, Seattle defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy, Jets and Patriots running back Curtis Martin, Bills wide receiver Andre Reed and Saints and Chiefs left tackle Willie Roaf.
That puts Brown, Cris Carter and Reed all competing again as wide receivers, of which there are only 21 in Canton. Only five modern era players can be selected each year. The only notable addition next year is Denver’s Rod Smith, who would seemingly be a cut below Brown, Carter and Reed.
It’s clear the Hall of Fame committee has taken into account liberalized passing rules, because both Carter and Brown compiled huge numbers and didn’t make the final cut. Carter is third all-time with 1,101 receptions, eighth in yardage with 13,899 yards and fourth with 130 touchdowns. Brown is fourth in catches (1,094), fourth in yards (14,934) and tied for sixth in touchdowns (100, with Steve Largent).
Brown and Carter are superior statistically to Reed (951 receptions, 13,918 yards, 87 touchdowns) but didn’t make it as far in the process.
You wonder what that will mean in five-plus years for Terrell Owens (1,078 catches, 15,934 yards, 153 touchdowns) and Randy Moss (954 catches, 14,848 yards, 153 touchdowns) when their time comes. Their touchdown totals are huge _ they’re tied for second behind Jerry Rice _ but they were magnets for controversy and compiled huge numbers without winning a Super Bowl ring.
The two most notable first-time eligible candidates next year are former Giants, Jets, Patriots and Cowboys coach Bill Parcells and Kansas City guard Will Shields, a 12-time Pro Bowl selection.