Tim Brown has been dealing with the close calls and eventual disappointment from the Pro Football Hall of Fame voters for years now, and he has been open about his feelings about falling short of the Hall of Fame class before even talking about it on the Just Blog Baby Podcast. So it was no surprise on Thursday when Brown hopped on 95.7 The Game that he answered questions about missing out on Canton.
“I’m not going to be consumed by this because I think it can hurt you bad,” Brown said Thursday during an interview with 95.7 the Game. “I say all that, but that’s just me. That’s not my wife. That’s not my brother, my sisters or my mom. It’s not them. What I try and do is manage everybody else’s expectations on this deal. I don’t want anybody to get bent out of (shape). Everyone close to me knows what I went through in my career, and for (the Hall of Fame) not to be happening is super disappointing for them. For me, I’ve put this thing in a category and I just keep moving on.”
Brown certainly hopes to be inducted at some point, but the title won’t define his career that the Raider/Fighting Irish Legend knows is one of the best of all time for a wideout.
“This football thing has been great to me, and it’s pretty much served its purpose in my life,” Brown said. “No matter what they do with the Hall of Fame thing in the future, they can’t take away my Pro Bowls. They can’t take away my records. They can’t take away anything that I’ve done on the football field. When I go to speak, I have the right to say those things. I’m using that to the best of my ability and impact young folks all over this country. “…Would it be great to be in the Hall of Fame? Absolutely. But I don’t need it to do what I plan to do in life. That’s the perspective I try to place on this whole thing.”
Brown should get into the Hall of Fame eventually, but with Marvin Harrison now also waiting there is even more competition for pass catchers to break through the doors of Canton. You can’t help but feel for him as he is clearly one of the best statistical wide receivers of his era that is year after year falling short of his deserved place amongst the greats of the game.