07 Jul 2005
Tim Brown will sign a ceremonial contract with the Raiders and end his Hall of Fame career today. A few thoughts:
Although receiving numbers have been hugely inflated in recent years, I think Brown definitely belongs in the Hall of Fame. His numbers fall short only of Jerry Rice's, and the quality of the quarterbacks who threw him passes doesn't come close to Jerry Rice's.
If you combine college and pro football, Brown's career is matched by few others. Only a handful of Heisman winners have gotten into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. When I remember him, the first thing I'll always think of is the time he returned two punts for touchdowns against Michigan State.
Isn't the whole practice of signing a one-day contract kind of silly? If he wants to hold his retirement press conference in Oakland, wearing silver and black, fine. But, Tim, you ended your career as a Tampa Bay Buccaneer.
39 comments, Last at 18 Jul 2005, 10:11pm by Vince
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