Pro Football Hall of Fame 2012: Former Raider Great Tim Brown Deserves Election

He has the numbers: 1,070 career receptions for 14,734 yards, along with 19,431 all-purpose yards and 104 total touchdowns.

He has the records: most consecutive seasons with 75 or more receptions (10), most consecutive starts by a wide receiver (176), most consecutive games with at least two receptions (147).

He has longevity: 17 seasons, 255 games played.

He even has the nickname: Mr. Raider.

Yes, Tim Brown has all of the individual accolades, accomplishments and attachments one could hope for having played as long as he did in the NFL. Brown ranks fourth in career receiving yardage, fifth in receptions, tied for sixth in touchdown receptions. He is a nine-time Pro Bowler and a member of the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team. He led the entire league in kickoff-return yardage as a rookie. He played the second-most number of games at the wide receiver position in NFL history. They are achievements that anybody would assume earned Brown a place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

And yet, in his first and second years of eligibility, 2010 and 2011, Brown did not earn a call to the Hall. Perhaps the third time will be the charm?

On Saturday, voting takes place for the election into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Inductions will be held in August.

In 2010, Brown was overlooked, primarily because a former Raiders wide receiver teammate was a shoo-in to be elected: the greatest of all time, Jerry Rice. The most prolific running back was also inducted that summer, Emmitt Smith. Last year, the Hall of Fame made an effort to usher in a class that included the best coverage cornerback of all time (Deion Sanders) and the player who, at his retirement, was the most prolific receiving tight end in history (Shannon Sharpe).

This year is no less crowded with formidable candidates. Among this year’s 17 finalists are fellow wide receivers Cris Carter and Andre Reed, along with run...

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