Friday, July 08, 2005

Tim Brown: Hall of Fame Material?

Tim Brown signed a one-day contract with the Oakland Raiders to finish his career with the team that selected him sixth overall in the 1988 NFL Draft. Brown only needs now to sit down in his easy chair and wait for the Pro Football Hall of Fame to come calling.

But should that call be made?

Brown has set some lofty numbers in the NFL with 1,094 receptions (third all-time) for 14,934 yards (second all-time), and 100 touchdowns (second all-time). That cannot be disputed. But Brown never distinguished himself as one of the most dominant receivers in the game, which should be the most vital criteria of a Hall of Fame enshrinement.

Fans did not flock to NFL stadiums to catch a glimpse of Brown. Fans never looked at the team schedule and said, "Hey, Tim Brown is coming to town in October, we need to get tickets." If anything, when a fan saw that the Raiders were coming to town they either bought body armor or went on vacation.

Teams did not design defensive packages to slow down the former Notre Dame standout. Brown topped the 100-reception mark only once in his career (104 in 1997) and reached double digits in touchdowns only twice (10 in 1995 and 11 in 2000). Brown's numbers are not even that impressive, instead a mere acknowledgement of his longevity. Browns numbers will seem less impressive in the next number of years as the NFL continues to turn into a pass-happy league where receivers are the beneficiary of rule changes.

When you average out Brown's numbers over 16 years (he played in only one game in 1989 so we won't count that year... The Hater Nation is fair) here is what you get:

Brown's average: 68 receptions, 933 yards, and 6 touchdowns.

Not exactly Hall of Fame numbers. Even his retirement did not garner big news. Instead it was pushed aside with the horse racing agate and buried under NFL stories such as fantasy football, Ricky Williams' weight gain (he must be smoking pot again) and a Steelers fan who was buried in his Rocky Bleier jersey.

Brown was a decent receiver for a lot of years, but falls into that category with Art Monk, Henry Ellard, and other receivers that were on the cusp of greatness but just could not do the kind of things that would push his team over the top.

Brown will eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010. That year's class will include former Cowboys running back and the NFL's all-time leading rusher Emmitt Smith. When you compare the careers of the two potential classmates, you quickly realize that there simply is no comparison.

Smith won numerous rushing titles, played through a separated shoulder to carry the Cowboys into the playoffs, was selected the NFL MVP in 1993, and won three Super Bowls. Smith was the most dominant player at his position during his era, set the single-season touchdown record and led the NFL in scoring in 1995. The Hater Nation has no love for the Cowboys, but it is obvious that Smith belongs in the Hall of Fame, while Brown does not.

Brown should be embarrassed to be mentioned in the same breath as a player such as Smith if he had any integrity. Instead he is a Raider and will likely be more than happy to hog the spotlight from a more deserving player.

NFL.com's Adam Schefter recently penned a column about Brown saying that he was an almost-certain first-ballot Hall of Fame selection. Yet, the only thing Schefter could really say about Brown was that he played a long time, was popular around the league (nine Pro Bowls), and that he started a lot of games for a down-trodden franchise.

Schefter actually proved that Brown was not a dominant player during his era and did not deserve to be in the Hall of Fame. Brown was merely was a very good player who did nothing to distinguish himself from other contemporaries of his era such as--Andre Reed, Andre Rison, Haywood Jeffries, Sterling Sharpe, Monk, and Ellard. Players, with possibly the outside exception of Reed, who do not deserve to make the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

There needs to be, as Peter King likes to say, a Hall of Very Good for players like Brown. He deserves that, but not the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Lumping in Art "3 rings, first reciever ever with 100 catches in a year" Monk with Brown is an insult.

Monk played with class. Brown was a Raider. Enough said.

Flash said...

Tim Brown has been my favorite Raider for 17 years but you're right... he's not a HoF receiver. He has just been very good for a very long time and in the last 3-4 years, not even very good. His numbers and the fact that he has no Super Bowl ring are massive strikes against him. He has to be voted in on the first ballot or I think he'll have trouble getting to Canton at all.

Lawrence said...

I couldn't agree more. As time marches on and NFL seasons and come and go, the bar will continue to be lowered for "Hall Of Fame" admission. My rule is simple: If a player is mentioned for the H.O.F. and you have to think about it before coming to a conclusion, then they are NOT HALL OF FAME WORTHY!

Anonymous said...

Tim Brown deserves to be in the hall of fam, PERIOD. he played on some bad teams in the 90's and still managed to make himself a household name...when you have quarterback named DONALD HOLLAS and make him look good, then you are a DAMN good reciever...Tim Brown never had a REAL #2 reciever until Jerry Rice came along, so to say that defenses never did anything for him is not true, they doubled him al day, forced QB's to throw to James Jett(who is a trck guy whos fast but can't catch), so all of you need to shut up with the Tim Brown Hater talk, because i don't think there is a reciever out in history who could have put up with the stuff he put up with during his Great and HALL OF FAME CAREER....END OF DISCUSSION

R8RFOX said...

If anybody thinks Tim Brown isn't HOF material, please put the crack pipe down. Not only has he posted the 2nd most yards of any receiver, EVER, he's been in worst offensive situations than the hallowed J. Rice. Yet, he still managed to put up big numbers. Not only was he the #1 receiver on offense, but he was the punt returner (fulltime) as well. He did that for a great number of years. He had crappy QB's and faced constant double teams his entire career. He still put up HOF numbers. If you dispute this, you are nothing more than a Raider hater and can't see through it. The unbiased opinion of the majority of NFL fans, not just Raider fans says that YES,
Tim Brown is definite HOF material. You haters are retarted and less class than my left nut

Anonymous said...

You have got to be kidding me! You people actually take this serious? Tim Brown is a Hall of Famer period. How many receivers have over 1,000 receptions? 3! You guys are idiots for even posting this crap. Make fun of Al Davis, call us old, make fun of the Super Bowl a couple of years back. Don't try and down play Tim Browns career. He was a GREAT receiver, and deserves all the recognition he deserves. Ask any of those guys who put the pads on playing for your favorite NFL team, they will tell you I'm right.

SA_Dick_Steele

Loyal RF.net member.

BTW... Art Monk does deserve to be in the Hall of Fame.

Horrorscope said...

Heck and I'm fighting getting Cliff Branch in the HOF and he deserves it. He was totally feared in his day and has the rings and better stats then many of his era had and they got in. And well Tim Brown is even a good notch above Cliff.

I guess the question is why does someone care this much not to let him in? Vendetta? I think one of the problems here is that when you play too long people forget about his prime years. In his prime he was one of the best, only Rice was comparable really with getting off the line and quickly getting separation. That is where he got his catches and yards and teams were focused on him a lot, he had great moves that got him a ton of separation. Add in that he was a great punt returner for many years as well for the cherry on top. Yeah he only averaged 68 catches and nearly 1000 yards… for 17 freaking years and a good 1 ½ years of injury averaged in there!

If I found a donkey has written this article, he's just jealous. Tim Brown victimized the donkeys like there was no tomorrow.

Me Again said...

Let alone the QB's and offensive coordination changes he's had to deal with. On that alone the man should be looked at as being Sainted.

Anonymous said...

FUCK ALL RAIDER HATERS.... TIM BROWN OWNS ANY OF YOUR TEAMS WRs TO EVER PLAY THE GAME!

Raiderran said...

This article has to be some on most homerized, haterized dribble that has ever been posted. Tim Brown not in the HOF..You are smoking crack. He is third in receiving yardage all time with 1094 only 107 yards from #2 Cris Carter 1101. Tied for 3rd in all time receiving TD's with 100 with Steve Largent who is in the Hall of Fame, who has 4 less Pro Bowl appearances than Tim. So even other knowledgable fans and players have recognized Tims accomplishments. Tim also had them misfortune to play under some of the Raiders all time worse QB's Jay Schroeder, Todd Marijuanavich, Marc Wilson to name a few. So you ahole haters need to stop drinking the haterade and start looking at the facts. Tim Brown 1st round HOF Book It Dano.

fuckallraiderhaters said...

this is a gay ass site, whom ever made this up is gay.

Anonymous said...

Tim Brown has had 9 seasons of 1000 yards or more he had 100 TD catches for his career. You pointed out Brown's average numbers, well the average season for Lynn Swann was 37 catches for 606 yards and 5 TD's. Swann never had 1000+ yards or 50+ catches in a season. So to say Brown shouldn't be in is a ridiculous statement. The guy is a top 3 WR all-time.

Anonymous said...

ALL YOU DONK, QUEEF, AND DOLTS FANS THAT KEEP THIS SITE RUNNING NEED TO SHUT THE HELL UP...DO YOU EVEN REALIZE HOW STUPID YOU SOUND...TIM BROWN NOT HOF MATERIAL...THAT'S THE MOST REDICULOUS SHIT IVE EVER HEARD... SO, IF YOUR A QUEEFS FAN GO PICK SOME HAY, AND IF YOU SPORT THAT GAY ASS DONK JUMP OFF THE ROCKIES... YOUR BETTER OFF DOIN THAT THEN WRITING THE STUPID ASS SHIT YOU PUT ON THIS GAY SITE...YOU GUYS ARE ALL OBVIOUSLY SCARED OF DA RAIDERS BECAUSE ALL OF YOU COMBINE FORCES TO RUNNING A SITE SOLEY DEVOTED TO MAKING FUN OF THE GREATEST FRANCHISE ON EARTH...HALF, OR SHOULD I SAY ALL OF SAN DIEGO IS SSCARED TO GO TO THE ANNUAL RAIDER GAME IS SD...DONT BE UPSET BECAUSE TIMMY SHITTED ON YOUR TEAMS FOR 16 YEARS..NEXT YOU ARE PROBABLY GONNA SAY RSOME DUMB SHIT LIKE ROD SMITH IS BETTER THAN BROWN...THE RAIDERS HAVE MORE SUPER BOWLS THAN ALL THE TEAMS IN THE AFC WEST COMBINED SO IF YOU ARE A FAN OF ANY OF THOSE THREE TEAMS JUST SHUT THE HELL UP...TIM BROWN FIRST BALLOT HALL OF FAMER #81 OAKLAND RAIDERS...ENOUGH SAID...IM DONE WITH YOU CLOWNS..

Anonymous said...

this site is a piece of shit..who ever did it has no life and gets no pussy..

SATANIC RAIDER said...

Tim Brown is a lock for the Hall of Fame. The epitome of class and consistancy, Brown is one of three men (C.Carter,J.Rice) to amass 1,000 catches and 100= TD's! I could go all day with the stats. The author of this piece knows nothing about pro football or even being a decent human being! Rip an athelete that deserves it! Mr.Brown is a class act and a role model for everyone. So he didnt make a rap record or have an arrest sheet, all he did was conduct himself with the class and dignity of a Hall of Famer!!...and yes, Art Monk deserves to be in too!

Anonymous said...

I can't believe how dead on this site is when it comes to you Raider fans. Where did you guys learn to put thoughts together anyway? Is there a special school you have to go to to speak Raider? I mean, I am sure it is an accredited school right? How do you make it through a day in prison? At least the true fan, Flash, is able to admit the truth unlike the other A-hole Raider fans that have posted. I am sure the guy who wrote this is getting a lot of tail. At least he can form a full sentence.

Don Hutson said...

Tim Brown? Good enough to carry my used jock to the laundry room.

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Anonymous said...

Tim Brown was a complete package. I agree, you people are smoking crack. Quite frankly that's not all your smoking. Butt pirates! If you people think Tim Brown isn't Hall of Fame material then you don't understand a damn thing about football and what he did all of those years despite the lack of support and talent. You don't know what it is to be a class act on and off the field. Now hmm.. let's see, name a single H.O.F. QB that threw to Brown. I can name 2 for Rice. Brown had his best QB at the end of his career, Rich Gannon. Gannon isn't even a top 50 QB. With all the numbers Tim Brown has, it will never compare to what he brought to the game and thats "CLASS!" So kiss my A**!

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