Tim Brown Makes another Run at the Hall

Hopefully the second time will be a charm for Raider great Tim Brown. Yesterday the 17 finalists for 2011 Hall of Fame enshrinement were announced with Brown among them for the second year in a row.

Before we praise Tim, let us first have another moment of silence for Ray Guy. By far the most disrespected player in the history of American sports, Guy again failed to make the final cut. This is a topic that will never die amongst Raider Nation. Nobody is arguing that the Hall should start opening its doors to all punters, just the one that is the consensus greatest ever.

Back to the topic at hand…

For Brown, the resume alone merits the right to don a yellow blazer and get a bust of his likeness in Canton. Brown is the hands down greatest receiver in Raiders history and his numbers still place him among the all-time greats to ever play the game.

Currently, Brown ranks 4th in receptions, 4th in receiving yards and is tied with Steve Largent for 6th all-time in receiving TDs. There are two other receivers on the ballot with Brown, Andre Reed and Cris Carter. Of the two, Carter outranks Brown in receptions and TDs. Though it should be noted Carter hauled in a mere seven more balls than Brown. Now TDs on the other hand…let’s just say Carter has that one in a walk-off. But that’s all Carter did so it’s expected.

In addition to the aforementioned names, there are a few other finalists that jump out at you. Among them are Deion Sanders, Jerome Bettis, Marshall Faulk and Shannon Sharpe.

There is no telling how the vote will go but in years past receivers haven’t fared well in HOF votes. You feel like Brown will eventually get in even if it takes a third time around.

Best of luck to Tim! We’re all hoping he gets that well deserved call.

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  • No Lo

    Relax on the Tim Brown Hall of Fame talk. He was not the greatest Raiders receiver. He was not better than Belitnikof or Cliff Branch. Dave Casper, Raymond Chester and Todd Christensen were better clutch receivers. He was not the best receiver when the Raiders were good during the Gruden era. He was the 3rd and 4th option behind Jerry Rice, Charlie Garner, and, at times, Jerry Porter. Check out his Super Bowl stats. Maybe two catches for some chump change yardage. He had a lot of catches and yards when the Raiders were not very good or mediocre. You mentioned one Raider who deserves to be in the Hall far more than Tim Brown. Try Ray Guy. Warren Wells and Art Powell were far more dangerous Raiders receivers than Brown. Brown was a very good receiver for a long period of time. He may well deserve HOF consideration but not before Ken Stabler,Ray Guy and Cliff Branch. Tell me. Convince me that Tim Brown deserves to be in the HOF before Stabler, Guy, or Branch. Just as I thought. You can’t.

  • Chris Shellcroft

    No Lo,

    This is not an argument for who deserves to get in first. Tim Brown is on the ballot, therefore he deserves to get in first. I didn’t get a vote and I’m not denying that there are others that should be in ahead of Brown. Fact of the matter is Brown’s name is all over the Raider record book and among the All-time lists of the NFL. Now maybe you want to argue he wasn’t as skilled as others…ok.

    But conisering the fact that Brown never played with an elite QB until the end of his career, played with different coaches and was the only true weapon the Raiders had out wide during his days yet still couldn’t be stopped says a lot.

    Not taking anything away from anybody the played before Brown but it was a much different era and the guys that defended Brown were much better.

    Belive me, I’m the first to say Rau Guy not being in the Hall makes the entire process a sham. But it is what it is and Brown is the lone Raider on the ballot.