Bills' Reed exasperated with Hall process
Andre Reed was on the outside looking in for another Hall of Fame class, the sixth time the former Buffalo Bills star has been snubbed and the third time he has made it to the list of 10 and not gotten in.
"I can't say any more about it. I'm so exhausted with it," Reed said via the Buffalo News.
Reed need only to ask Art Monk as to how difficult it is for wide receivers in the modern era, even with stats similar to what Reed posted, to get into the Hall. Monk hung it up in 1995 and did not gain Hall of Fame induction until 2008.
Reed's numbers are Hall worthy with 951 career catches for 1,3188 yards and 87 TDs, but still rank behind Cris Carter, who also came up short of induction again, as did Tim Brown.
The problem with wide receivers and their numbers being Hall of Fame worthy is not all that dissimilar in one respect to what has happened in baseball in the last 30 years when comparing the explosive offensive numbers from recent eras and how to put those in context with what constituted a Hall of Famer from previous generations, when 400 career home runs was nearly an automatic Hall ticket.
For Reed, Carter and Brown, they probably need to make the cut and get in fairly soon, because it won't be long before receivers like Randy Moss, Terrell Owens and Hines Ward will be making their cases for Canton, creating even more of a logjam at receiver.
Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com