Tim Brown can’t take this process personal. Getting voted into the Hall of Fame for any pro sport is as political as running for office. That being said, there is a certain amount of frustration that comes with this ordeal no matter the behind the scenes drama.
For Brown it couldn’t have come as too much of a shock when he didn’t get that Hall call over the weekend. No doubt his hopes were high but the reality is that he’s been there before and chances are he’ll be back there again.
Next year brings another crop of players and coaches eligible for enshrinement and with them even fewer votes to go around. Considering Bill Parcells, a man once called the best coach of his generation, couldn’t get it and that Brown is buried behind his fellow receivers Cris Carter and Andre Reed you can see how much more difficult the task is for Tim.
For whatever reason, wide receivers just aren’t given the same credit for their production as other offensive players.
Some will argue that the receiver position is so closely tied to that of quarterback that it is hard to distinguish a Hall of Famer from a right guy in the right place at the right time. Even if we’re to entertain that logic it makes Brown’s career even more impressive.
It wasn’t until Rich Gannon came along that Brown finally played with an elite quarterback. Before then Brown’s best thrower was Jeff George. Despite playing with men like Jay Schroeder, Steve Beuerlein and the ageless wonder Vince Evans, Brown was a consistent producer. His stats reflect that and any man that had to cover Brown will tell you the same.
Politics aside, Brown’s resume is more than worthy of earning him one of those ugly mustard blazers. Problem is Brown has the double indemnity of Hall of Fame voters. He’s a receiver and he’s a Raider. There are plenty of Raiders in the Hall but there is also an all-too-long list of silver and black brethren on the outside looking in. As long as the wait could be from Brown it can’t possibly come close to purgatory Ray Guy seems forever frozen in.
The Hall of Fame is by no means the true measure of a career in football but it is the ultimate acknowledgement for a job well done. Raider Nation knows how great Brown was. His franchise records might not ever be broken. It might not be Canton but being acknowledged as the greatest Raider receiver of all-time is an honor Brown wears proudly.