2012 Finalists comparative stats: Wide Receivers

01/13/2012


The three wide receivers under consideration for the Class of 2012 all have been Hall of Fame finalists multiple times. This year marks the sixth straight year that Andre Reed has been a finalist while Cris Carter is among the group of 17 finalists for the fifth consecutive year. Tim Brown, who also excelled as a kick return man, has been a finalist three straight times. All three players still rank among the top 10 career leaders in receptions.

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Wide Receiver Finalists for 2012 Election
   
Player Yrs. No. Yds TD No. Yds TD No. Yds. TD No. Yds. TD TD PAT FG TOT
Tim Brown 17 1,094 14,934 100 50 190 1 326 3,320 1 49 1235 1 103 0 0 620
Cris Carter 16 1,101 13,899 130 13 41 0 - - - 13 244 0 131 0 0 796
Andre Reed 16 951 13,198 87 75 500 1 5 12 0 - - - 88 0 0 528
Wide Receivers in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
   
Player Yrs. No. Yds TD No. Yds TD No. Yds. TD No. Yds. TD TD PAT FG TOT
Lance Alworth 11 542 10,266 85 24 129 2 29 309 0 10 216 0 87 0 0 524
Raymond Berry 13 631 9,275 68 - - - - - - 2 27 0 68 0 0 408
Fred Biletnikoff 14 589 8,974 76 - - - - - - - - - 77 0 0 462
Tom Fears 9 400 5,397 38 5 15 0 - - - - - - 39 12 1 249
Bob Hayes 11 371 7,414 71 24 68 2 104 1,158 3 23 581 0 76 - - 456
Elroy Hirsch* 12 387 7,029 60 207 687 4 21 286 1 21 566 1 67 5 4 419
Michael Irvin 12 750 11,904 65 6 6 0 - - - - - - 65 2 0 392
Charlie Joiner 18 750 12,146 65 8 22 0 - - - 10 194 0 65 0 0 390
Steve Largent 14 819 13,089 100 17 83 1 8 68 0 8 156 0 101 2 0 608
Dante Lavelli* 11 386 6,488 62 2 23 0 - - - 2 10 0 62 0 0 372
James Lofton 16 764 14,004 75 32 246 1 - - - 1 0 0 76 0 0 456
Don Maynard 15 633 11,834 88 24 70 - 26 132 0 14 343 0 88 0 0 532
Tommy McDonald 12 495 8,410 84 17 22 0 73 404 1 51 1,055 0 85 0 0 510
Bobby Mitchell 11 521 7,954 65 513 2,735 18 69 699 3 102 2,690 5 91 0 0 546
Art Monk 16 940 12,721 68 63 332 0 - - - 1 10 0 68 0 0 408
Pete Pihos 9 373 5619 61 9 -4 0 1 26 1 6 66 0 63 0 0 378
Jerry Rice 20 1,549 22,895 194 87 645 10 - - - 1 6 0 204 0 0 1,232
John Stallworth 14 537 8,723 63 9 111 1 - - - - - - 64 0 0 384
Lynn Swann 9 336 5,462 51 11 72 1 61 739 1 3 11 0 53 0 0 318
Charley Taylor 13 649 9,110 79 442 1,488 11 5 63 0 5 133 0 90 0 0 540
Paul Warfield 13 427 8,565 85 22 204 0 - - - 1 4 0 86 0 0 516
*Includes statistics from the All-America Football Conference (1946-1949)

Recent Comments
  • Tony - January 27 2012 10:21 AM

    In my opinion its rediculous that Reed and Carter have waited as long as they have, Reed played on a run first team and was a blocking phenom and excelled in a time where linebackers and corners could take liberties especially on smaller receivers going over the middle, and most will say all Carter was was a possession receiver that just caught Td passes, I'm pretty sure that's the description of a great wide receiver, Unfortunately TIM Brown is the odd man out but he played so well with very little WHO help I believe next year would be fitting but Carter and Reed have waited too long.

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  • bachslunch - January 24 2012 10:01 AM

    Comments: first, I think Cosme's got it exactly right here -- all three of Reed, Carter, and Brown belong in the HoF and will eventually be elected. But clearing out the logjam here will take a few years, plus the HoF voters tend to be harder on WRs than folks at other skill positions for some reason. Charlie, the HoF specifically excludes off-field issues from HoF consideration -- no one cares over there what Michael Irvin may or may not have put up his nose. Jeff, Irvin also got in ahead of Reed, Carter, and Brown because he retired sooner than they did and beat the logjam in. matthew, Charlie Hennigan is only Senior eligible, not via this route, plus I have a hard time seeing a case for him over several other Senior WR snubs such as Billy Howton, Billy Wilson, Mac Speedie, Harold Jackson, Harold Carmichael, Drew Pearson, and Cliff Branch. All, comparing stats of WRs across eras (or even across decades) makes no sense -- you have to period adjust in some way.

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  • matthew hennigan - January 17 2012 03:40 PM

    why not consider charlie hennigan what that man accomplished in only 95 gammes of a 14 game season and 7 years it took the top players of your list over 35 years to break.you all need to checkout henniganforthehall.com and checkout this mans stats then you,ll know what i am talking about he should have long been inducted.

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  • e - January 16 2012 07:05 AM

    HOF players w/ more yds than Reed. 2 of 21 HOF players w/ more catches than Reed. 1 of 21 HOF players w/ more TDs than Reed 4. of 21 HOF players more tough than Reed over the middle. 0 of 21 Case closed.

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  • Jeff - January 14 2012 07:46 AM

    All I have to say is "ANDRE REED" HOF Class of 2012!!! I still can't get over how Irvin get's in before him,"Really" ? but I think we all know why, Jerry Jones? Whom is on the HOF Committee. It's Reed's Time !!!

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  • e - January 14 2012 07:19 AM

    HOF players w/ more yds than Reed. 2 of 21 HOF players w/ more catches than Reed. 1 of 21 HOF players w/ more TDs than Reed 4. of 21 HOF players more tough than Reed over the middle. 0 of 21 Case closed.

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  • Charlie - January 13 2012 02:30 PM

    If Michael Irvin made it into the HoF, there is no doubt that Andre Reed should be in there. Plus Andre never had off the field issues as Michael did with cocaine. Andre also had better numbers than Art Monk in the same amount of years. If its all about Super Bowl wins, then I can understand. If we are comparing numbers based on the same time periods, Andre should be a shoe-in

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  • chrisjo33 - January 13 2012 12:25 PM

    Andre Reed had HOFer Jim Kelly throwing passes to him his entire career. Chris Carter had HOFer Warren Moon and then Pro Bowler Randall Cunningham as his QB. Who exactly did Tim Brown have??? Case closed.

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  • Cosme - January 13 2012 09:30 AM

    All three, Brown, Carter and Reed deserve enshrinement. However, Reed's teams accompllished more, Reed contributed significantly to the Buffalo Bills' accomplishments AND Reed has waited longer for entry. Statistically, all three are relatively simular. Therefore, Carter and Brown should patiently wait their turn and Andre Reed should be the receiver elected for the Hall of Fame Class of 2012.

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