Super Bowl sabotage be damned. Even before Tim Brown accused Bill Callahan of trying to throw the biggest game in all of sports the Raiders receiving legend was already longshot to make the final cut for the Hall of Fame in 2013. His words didn’t help his case this time around but in reality there was nothing Brown could do or say that would have increased his odds.
Oddly enough it’s a man that has gotten the Hall call ahead of Brown that might have made the best case for the former Heisman winner and Notre Dame Alum to earn a yellow jacket this time next year.
Cris Carter gathered enough votes to finally be allowed into Canton and with that there was a breakthrough amongst the Hall eligible receivers that have been playing the waiting game the last three years.
After Carter there remains Andre Reed and Tim Brown among those that have put up Hall of Fame numbers at receiver even though they never added a Super Bowl ring to their jewelry collection. That would seem to be the most logical reason why it’s taken Carter this long and even longer for Brown and Reed.
Look at the list of Hall of Fame receivers and you won’t see many that have the career accomplishments in terms of stats that Reed and Brown have amassed. However winning a Super Bowl or two certainly helped Michael Irvin get inducted and without a doubt is the biggest reason Lynn Swann is enshrined.
Carter never won a Super Bowl yet had plenty of praise as one of the best to ever play his position. Now that he’s in the path has been paved for Reed and Brown. Just how much longer those two will have to wait is anyone’s guess but the precedent has been set and a blueprint established to make a much better argument for those two all-time greats to finally earn their overdue honor.