Brown’s wait could extend past 2012

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.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • GoodOle00

    Roaf needs in same with Shields next year.

  • GoodOle00

    Brown and Carter deserve to be in. Jerks like that guy from SI deserve to be booted from voting.

  • M Lonetree

    As Whitlock wrote, ‘this is not the hall of good players’, this is the hall of players that belong with Jim Brown and Dick Butkus and Fred Biletnikoff.

  • http://www.hotmail.com The Dirtee Raccoon

    Denver’s Rod Smith, who would seemingly be a cut below Brown, Carter and Reed.


    Far below! He is a Donkeys AZZ.

  • http://chismetime.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/sofia_vergara_01.jpg r8eray

    Maybe next year!

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  • Demon Raider

    There are a lot of anti-Raider HOF voters…. They suck.

  • Just Fire Baby

    How on earth Charles Haley didn’t make it is beyond me.

    That guy is one of the best 3-4 DE’s ever.

  • Just Fire Baby

    I meant 3 or 4 DE’s ever, not a 3-4 DE

  • Just Fire Baby

    OK, just read a PFT article with a link, and maybe this is why Haley never made it:


  • Nnamdi21

    Jerry, your article on rodgers is fine and you aluded to the obstacles in Rodgers path should he have become a Raider but to think he would’ve blossomed here is a stretch all things considered.

    Rodgers sat the pine behind a legendary QB. who better to learn from? Rodgers had YEARS to study with no pressure.

    He also has actual WRs who will fight for the ball and who understand how to set each other up.

    IF Roadgers had become a Raider he likely wouldn’t be the QB he is right now.

  • Chris in NY

    Brown should be in. How was Cortez Kennedy in the final cut?

    If I’m voting on the five modern era players it’s, in order,

    – Roaf
    – Brown
    – Roger Craig
    – Cris Carter
    – Haley

  • Chris in NY

    Not that Cortez wasn’t good, but Hall of Fame? Ahead of guys like Brown and Craig? Not to mention Lester Hayes.

  • Chris in NY

    To me, Roaf was the best offensive lineman in the game since Anthony Munoz and there’s not even a close second. One of the best to ever play the LT position.

  • olinesux

    i agree how did cortez dominate the gsme? he was good but not hall of fame good. seattle had to game plan for tim brown, oakland didnt have to for kennedy

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3ng4yHw2xk&feature=PlayList&p=E565EF0DE2F587FA&playnext= Raider75

    Just found out that Jeb Blount, former Raider from 1st Super Bowl Team, lives in the same town I do. I’m going to try to look this dude up and see if he will tell me some stories.


  • Just Fire Baby

    This is the best I have seen the Warriors play all year.

    A great time out!!!

  • aig-raiders

    Wow, I thought the W’s were gonna be in over their heads tonite. Nice one W’s.

    For those missing channelsurfing…try this site.


  • aig-raiders

    That was a pretty disgusting article on Haley. Dude has a problem.

  • PassTheCheetos

    Raider75 Says:
    February 5th, 2011 at 9:01 pm
    Just found out that Jeb Blount, former Raider from 1st Super Bowl Team, lives in the same town I do. I’m going to try to look this dude up and see if he will tell me some stories.

    make it seem like your not a creep. Find out where he lives then follow him and just randomly show. hmmm they may have been an oxymoron.

  • Atrain125

    I was there as a student at UCLA to see Timmy run back a kickoff his 1st year in LA….I was also there when he ran back a punt in Oakland late in his career, I wonder how many people can say the same…..

    I have also been to every regular season and post season game since the return to Oakland 1995….f preseason….chime in if any of you big talkers have done the same….

    That’s either loyalty or stupidity………….you decide.

  • Sweep The Leg.

    Cortez Kennedy is a Hall of Above Average canidate.

    On the level of a Chester McGlockton. Usually pretty good, sometimes invisible, and on rare occasion dominant.

    Does he deserve a spot in the same place as Joe Greene or Reggie White?

    Not ever.

  • Atrain125

    here you go for timmy’s punt return….2001 vs KC…..you all that post and talk sheeeoot were there right….yeah, that’s what I thought so….


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