Inside The Bills

Reed and Wilson not shoe-ins like Smith

Posted by Chris Brown on January 6, 2009 – 10:43 pm

With Andre Reed and Ralph Wilson advancing to the list of 2009 Hall of Fame finalists with Bruce Smith, they each have a shot, but only Bruce is a shoe-in.

Reed will be battling Cris Carter for enshrinement and Carter has superior career numbers. He has 701 more receiving yards than Reed, 150 more receptions and 43 more touchdowns and they both played in the exact same number of regular season games (234).

Where the argument needs to be made for Reed is that he came up big in playoff games and was part of a dynasty in Buffalo. Carter was on a few playoff teams, but Reed’s playoff numbers including the 3 TD game in the greatest comeback are superior to Carter’s.

As for Mr. Wilson, I think he has a real shot. He’s been a finalist before. Paul Tagliabue is obviously his competition. With Tagliabue having been part of causing the current labor problem by helping to railroad through the current CBA extension, I would hope the voter’s committee would weigh that against him and rule him out.

Either way the day before the Super Bowl is going to be very interesting with three Bills candidates.

Here’s the whole list of finalists

Cris Carter – Wide Receiver 
Dermontti Dawson – Center 

Richard Dent – Defensive End 

Russ Grimm – Guard

Bob Hayes – Wide Receiver (Senior committee nominee)

Claude Humphrey – Defensive End  (Senior committee nominee)

Cortez Kennedy – Defensive Tackle 

Bob Kuechenberg – Guard 

Randall McDaniel – Guard  

John Randle – Defensive Tackle  

Andre Reed – Wide Receiver 

Shannon Sharpe – Tight End

Bruce Smith – Defensive End

Paul Tagliabue – Commissioner – 1989-2006 National Football League

Derrick Thomas – Linebacker

Ralph Wilson – Team Founder/Owner – 1960-Present Buffalo Bills

Rod Woodson – Cornerback/Safety

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