Tim Brown certainly has a resume worthy of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but the receiver still doesn’t have a coveted yellow jacket.
Induction has eluded a Raiders legend widely considered among the best pass catchers to ever play NFL football.
Jerry Rice is the only Hall-of-Famer with more than his 14,934 receiving yards. Just three of the 22 inducted pass catches have as many or more than Brown’s 100 receiving touchdowns. Only two have more than his 1,094 catches.
Despite those facts, Brown heads toward Saturday’s final vote without confidence that he’ll be included in the 2014 class. This will be his fifth year of eligibility, and has gained varying degrees of traction. That leaves a level of uncertainty heading into the weekend proceedings.
“I really have no clue,” Brown said Tuesday in an interview with 610 AM in Charlotte. “That’s not me playing coy. Nobody knows exactly what the parameters are and why they choose who they choose. To me, all I care about is if they spell my name right when I do go in. I’m excited to be where I am. Whatever happens at this point, happens.”
Induction has been complicated by competition. Other worthy receivers have gotten in ahead of Brown. Last year, it was Cris Carter. This time, it’s Marvin Harrison. The Indianapolis star and Buffalo’s Andre Reed joined Brown among the 15 modern-day finalists, and could make it difficult to make the final cut and get 80 percent of the last vote.
It seems odd that someone so consistently productive, especially while working with lackluster quarterbacks during most of his 17-year career. Brown was also a standout return man also named an All-Pro and Pro Bowler for those efforts.
His induction seems like a slam dunk, but the selection process and other quality players, especially from a pass-happy era where receiver stats have increased, have clouded waters that may not clear in the near future. Brown, however, doesn’t seem bogged down by recent rejection.
“I’m proud of my ability to be consistent,” Brown said. “I think being able to do that in football in pretty remarkable. I made the Pro Bowl at two different positions. Not many guys can say they did that. I was able to accomplish some things that others couldn’t. So, no matter what happens with this Hall of Fame deal, there will always be things for me to look back and be proud of.”