The only thing keeping Buffalo Bills great Andre Reed out of the Hall of Fame is bad timing. Reed became eligible to be inducted in 2006, but unfortunately there have been too many tremendous wide receivers eligible that have been blocking his candidacy.
Michael Irvin and Art Monk were already candidates before Reed’s eligibility, and since then Cris Carter, Tim Brown and Jerry Rice became eligible. All of these great wide receivers deserve to be in the Hall of Fame, but despite how deserving they are, the voters won’t induct too many players at the same position at the same time.
The good news is the path is clearing up for Reed as Monk, Irvin, Rice and Carter have all been voted in since then. If the voters have any sense, it will only be a matter of time before Reed is selected as well.
He is currently 12th among wide receivers in receiving yards with 13,198 and 11th with 951 receptions. He played in 234 games in his career from 1985-2000, which shows incredible toughness and durability at a very physically demanding position.
Reed was never able to get a Super Bowl ring but played great in Buffalo’s four Super Bowl losses. He is second in career Super bowl receptions with 27, and third in receiving yards with 323.
His credentials are definitely there, but what can you do when he played in one of the best eras for NFL wide receivers? I believe he is still in line behind Brown who edges him in most career records and has a slightly better argument for induction.
Regardless, they both deserve the honor, and with the path clearing up for wide receivers, hopefully it won’t be too long before they get what they deserve.