Once again, former Buffalo Bills wide receiver Andre Reed is among the 25 finalists for the NFL’s 2014 Hall of fame class. This isn’t his first time to the dance; he’s been a finalist seven times already and is looking to finally break through.
Reed is best remembered as the No. 1 receiver for the dominant Bills teams of the early 1990s that made an historic run to four straight Super Bowls, ultimately losing them all. He holds Bills franchise records for receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns after he finished his esteemed 16-year playing career with 951 catches, 13,198 yards and 87 touchdown catches.
It again won’t be easy for Reed due to the presence of first-time finalist Marvin Harrison. Harrison leads the Indianapolis Colts in all major receiving categories: 1,102 receptions, 14,580 yards and 128 touchdowns. He and quarterback Peyton Manning, a dominant combo for many years, set several passer-receiver records together, passing Reed and his Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly in most of those categories.
Not only that, but Tim Brown is also eligible this year. His 1,094 career receptions, 14,934 yards and 100 touchdowns put him ahead of Reed in every category, but Reed made the cut ahead of Brown last year so who knows how that affects things.
Reed also has to deal with the issues wide receivers have faced getting into Canton. Cris Carter, who got in last year, had waited years after being snubbed several times. Ask Lynn Swann, John Stallworth, Art Monk, and James Lofton about how hard it is to get into the Hall of Fame as a receiver.
However it shakes out, one has to think that Reed will ultimately end up in Canton where he belongs. He deserves to be enshrined with former teammates Kelly, Lofton, Thurman Thomas, and Bruce Smith as well as his old coach Marv Leavy.