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Andre Reed Should be in the Hall

Posted on: January 31, 2009 3:23 pm
Edited on: January 31, 2009 3:51 pm

The Hall of Fame voters, as they often do, did a superb job with the Hall of Fame voting. Most of the time the voters make the right call.

But they're making a mistake with former Buffalo wide receiver Andre Reed.

He deserves to get in on talent alone. He's fifth all-time with 951 career receptions and ninth in total receiving yardage with 13,198. So in catches and yardage he's top 10. He was, at times, devastating to defenses.

I covered a large portion of his career and there were few wide receivers of his generation that scared defenses like Reed did.

The problem I have with Reed being kept out is that all of the other great Bills are going in. Bruce Smith, Jim Kelly, Marv Levy, Thurman Thomas and Ralph Wilson are now all Hall of Famers.

I'm not sure how you can put all of those outstanding Bills in and keep out Reed.

Reed was as big a part of that Buffalo dynasty as any of those players.

I believe this was his fourth attempt to get in. I get the feeling he might end up being the only Bill not to make it.

And that's just wrong.

Category: NFL
Tags: Hall of Fame

Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2009 2:49 pm

Andre Reed Should be in the Hall

I dont believe Reed will ever make it in. I am un-certain on Chris Carter.The biased voters (like Peter King who single handedly kept Art Monk out of the Hall for many years) just dont like Wide receivers or defensive players. I could hardly believe they put both Bruce Smith AND Derrick Thomas (along with Reggie White the most dominant pass rushers of their era). As a Chiefs fan I am very happy that Derrick Thomas got in but I have to wonder why Charles Haley is not in. Bottom line in makes little sense how they do this. It should not be sports writers voting for this. it is their job to be biased and opinionated and they let their personal gendas with the players get intertwined with the hall of fame. It is a real travesty.

Really they should call it the Pro Football Hall Of Fame Quarterbacks. Half of the people in the HOF are QBs.

Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2009 2:19 pm

Andre Reed Should be in the Hall

Andre Reed. should definitely be in. Look at the numbers - Reed (951/13,198/87/13.8 per catch)..Carter (1101/13,899/130/12.6 per catch). Sure Cris Carter had more catches and TD's, but remember that he played in a dome with Minnesota for the bulk of his career. The Vikings were a pass happy team at the time. Reed played in Buffalo, where after November 1st each year, you didn't know if you could pass the ball on any given day. Reed lost 10 games to injury in 1995 which definitely would have put him over 1,000 catches. He averaged over a yard more per catch than Carter; has only 700 less yards despite 150 less catches than Carter; and Carter never went to a Super Bowl. He is ahead of Monk and Irvin (both HOF's) on the all-time list. Once again, as he was in his career, Reed is under appreciated. He's Hall of Famer.

Since: Jun 7, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2009 12:43 am

Andre Reed Should be in the Hall

Oh wah. How about Kenny Anderson? He deserves the hall. Ken Riley? Uh....HELLO!?

Since: Sep 29, 2008
Posted on: February 1, 2009 11:13 pm

Andre Reed Should be in the Hall

sean635 - forget a signature catch.  I already gave you a signature game.  His 3 TD performance in the greatest comeback in NFL history.  It was a playoff game which makes it that much more impressive.  On top of that, his two best offensive teammates (Kelly & Thomas) were on the sideline injured.  

I personally think needing a "signature catch" is bunk, but his would be catching a 7 yard slant in traffic and taking 50 yards to the endzone which he did too many times to count.  Irving Fryar isn't worthy of sniffing his jock.  The HOF isn't a stat competetion.  It is about impact and being one of the best of your era which Reed clearly was.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 1, 2009 11:01 pm

Andre Reed Should be in the Hall

How many white receivers have been voted into the Hall in the last quarter century? You are just showing your stupidity and ignorance by implying this.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 1, 2009 10:56 pm

Andre Reed Should be in the Hall

Reed should be in the Hall in my opinion, but this racism excuse is a bunch of crap. Tell me, how many white receivers have been voted into the hall in the last 25 years? I get so tired of hearing this crap when a person is probably being kept out of the Hall just because he is a minority. If a caucasion was being kept out of the Hall (look at Tarkenton for so many years ) could they use race as a reason? Stop this racism crap.

Since: Oct 26, 2008
Posted on: February 1, 2009 9:31 pm

Andre Reed Should be in the Hall

Did you guys catch how pissed Chris Carter was when they asked him if Kurt Warner is a Hall of famer? He isn't bitter at all! I am a Buckeye and Chris Carter was awesome, but he was never in a Super bowl like Reed and he will get in eventually, but Reed should get in first. 

Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: February 1, 2009 9:30 pm

Andre Reed Should be in the Hall

Reed is great but in my opinion he was a system wide receiver.  Cris Carter played with different quarterbacks and was ridiculous.  Carter should be in before Reed.

Since: Feb 1, 2009
Posted on: February 1, 2009 6:58 pm

Andre Reed Should be in the Hall

Jeff - Using your examples of what Carter "only" accomplished (2 100+ catch seasons and 8 1000+ yards seasons) they are still better than those same stats for most of the guys you have listed ahead of him - Irvin, Brown, Reed, Swann, Stallworth, Monk & Largent. Owens has one more 1000 yard season but one less 100 catch season.  Hutson came from an era where most of the top players didn't go on to the pros ($$) so he needs to be judged on a different scale.  Let's face it, Swann was a fantastic playoff player but his regular seasons were average at best.  Swann's career stats and Carter's top four seasons are remarkably similiar.

Plus, what you don't mention are his TDs.  Carter's 10+ TD seasons are as many as Brown, Monk, Irvin, Swann, Stallworth & Reed put together.  Cater has more seasons in the top five in the wr catagories than the previous list plus Owens and Largent.  Three time alone he lead the league in TDs.

Two things that aren't in the stats that should be remembered: Carter had some issues early in his career that most certainly hinered his productivity, albeit of his own doing.  The second thing is Carter played with 7 different QBs (some past their primes - some before they were good) and none for more than 3 seasons in his 12 years in Minnesota.  Most of the guys on your list had a HOF QB throwing to them.  So it definately wasn't just the QB making him look better.  Even Jerry Rice said Carter had the best hands in the game.



Since: Apr 1, 2008
Posted on: February 1, 2009 12:39 pm

Andre Reed Should be in the Hall

Great article - its worth noting that his statistical rankings were even higher when he retired, and he was in the top 3 in receptions and reception yards at that time.  Judge the man on where he was when he retired - its BS he is being held up to the modern-era receiving stats.

During Andre Reed's era, he only had a handful of peers" Jerry Rice, Michael Irvin and Chris Carter.  That is the whole list - Tim Brown and Irving Fryar were a notch below.



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