Former Raiders Brown, Guy are Hall of Fame finalists

Former Raiders Brown, Guy are Hall of Fame finalists
January 9, 2014, 9:15 pm
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Ray Guy is likely to become the first punter ever inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. (USATSI)

Raiders wide receiver Tim Brown was named a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame for the fifth time on Thursday, and will be considered yet again for election by a 46-person selection committee that meets on Feb. 1.

Brown is one of 15 modern-era finalists, a group doesn’t include legendary Raiders punter Ray Guy, who was promoted for consideration by the senior selection committee in August. Guy, arguably the greatest punter of all time, has an odds-on chance of being selected. Senior selection committee nominees are almost always confirmed. Guy would be the first punter inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Brown’s career is certainly worthy of consideration. He finished with 1,094 catches for 14,934 receiving yards and has 105 total touchdowns. Brown has been a finalist each year since 2010. He was a nine-time Pro Bowler after becoming the No. 6 overall pick in 1988. That honor came after winning the 1987 Heisman Trophy while with Notre Dame.

Brown’s enshrinement has been hindered by a logjam of wide receivers from the same era with similar statistics. But Cris Carter’s induction in 2013 should open the door for receivers like Brown and Andre Reed.