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King: HOF WR issue not changing

Posted by Chris Brown on February 6, 2012 – 11:22 am

SI.com NFL writer Peter King, who is one of 44 members on the Hall of Fame Selectors Committee, and voted for the 2012 Hall of Fame class, which excluded Bills Wall of Famer Andre Reed, has an interesting perspective on the logjam at wide receiver with Reed, Cris Carter and Tim Brown.

In his Monday Morning QB column, King offers the following on the state of the wide receiver debate with respect to Carter, Brown and Reed.

Re the wideouts: It’s become obvious there’s a logjam between the three eligible receivers — Andre Reed, Cris Carter and Tim Brown. I have supported Carter consistently; I believe he’s the best boundary receiver of all time. (That was a phrase coined by former Niner Randy Cross that I stole because it’s so appropriate. Carter was superb at catching the ball at the very edge of the sideline before his feet hit the white of the sideline.) Reed has some staunch supporters. Carter has his. Brown too. But I think it’s coming down to Carter and Reed.

In the same number of games with mostly lesser quarterbacks than Reed had, Carter caught 150 more passes for 43 more touchdowns. That carries a lot of weight with me. But I understand the conflict here. Reed was a very good receiver in his own right. I just feel Carter’s better from a historical perspective. Obviously, if 80 percent of voters felt the way I feel, Carter would be in. I was asked in the last 36 hours what’s going to change at receiver. I don’t know. I’m not sure anything will change.


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