Promoting the Patriots ’Julian Edelman Hall of Fame is 15 ridiculous reasons
It should be obvious to everyone, with more than one glance, that it is an exaggeration to claim Julian Edelman’s candidacy for Pro Football Hall of Fame. He is ranked 75th in 620th, although his career had the most fascinating period in league history. It is ranked 156th. He is ranked 261st receiving touchdowns.
You’ll probably know that, but it’s worth noting: There aren’t 260 pin receivers in the Hall of Fame.
And yet, many members of the media were willing to put his name on his case, including one of the most prominent NFL journalists, Adam Schefter of ESPN.
He is the same proposed as a candidate based on his performance as a receiver, of course, but also because of the Super Bowl MVP award since the Patriots beat the Rams to close out the 2018 season and be in all three teams in the franchise championship.
Conveniently, this allows us to break his candidacy on three fronts.
Hall of Fame Five wide receivers worth more than Edelman
Torry Holt, Rams. Eligible: From 2015 onwards. Holt is 21st in career receptions (920) and 13,332 in 16th in yards. He won the Super Bowl with the Rams in 1999 and returned to the game in 2001. Edonman received 19 more touches than Edelman 19 than Edelman. Holt played seven Pro Bowls. Edelman was not once elected.
Reggie Wayne, Colts. Eligible: From 2019. Wayne Marvin Harrison is considered a lesser talent for the tandem he picked up, and that’s fair, but that didn’t leave John Stallworth out. Wayne is 10th in career receptions with 1,070 and 10,345 in the 10th yard. Did playing his quarterback with Peyton Manning help him for most of his career? Of course. Do we think playing with Tom Brady was limited to Edelman?
Steve Smith, Panthers. Since optional: now. Smith is 12th in the receptions and eighth in the meter. He appeared in the Super Bowl in 2003 as a quarterback with Jake Delhomme and in his time played 11 games in Carolina and Baltimore. He caught nine TDs this season and averaged 17 yards per reception in the season games.
Hines Ward, Steelers. Eligible: From 2017. Ward dwarfed Edelman’s regular season production. Ward is 14th in the career (1,000 to be exact) and 26th in the yard. He received 85 touchdowns for Edelman’s 36. One argument against Ward is that he only made three Pro Bowls, but three more than Wes Welker. And if we’re going to do a lot of things about Edelman’s conversion from QB college to productive NFL breadth, remember that Wardek was also a Georgian back and quarterback who played in his college last seasons before becoming a receiver.
Wes Welker, Abertzaleak. Since optional: now. Although he played most of his career with the Patriots, he had a bad time between races in the Super Bowl. He appeared in five Pro Bowls and placed 22nd in career receptions. Although his number of touches is very low, only 50, he is far ahead of Edelman.
Five Super Bowl MVPs who deserve more HOF than Edelman
Chuck Howley, linebacker, Cowboys, Super Bowl 5. Howley remains best known as the Super Bowl MVP of a losing team, but he played in six Pro Bowls and was selected All-Pro five times. He had 25 catches and 18 rebounds and at the age of 35 he won a Super Bowl with the Cowboys in 1971. Can anyone explain how he is on this list and not already in the Hall?
Hines Ward, receiver, Steelers, Super Bowl 40. Ward won as many Super Bowl MVPs as Edelman – and doubled his season spot by receiving a touchdown. Edelman received another 10 yards per postseason per game and 1.3 more receptions per game, but the two Warden Super Bowl champions were more teams focused on running.
Harvey Martin, defensive end, Cowboys, Super Bowl 12. Martin shared the award with Randy White of Hall. Martin picked the Pro Bowl four times and was on the NFL All-Decade team in the 1970s. The Associated Press also selected him as the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year in 1977. In 1982, the NFL introduced the sack as an official statistic. He had eight that season, a year before he retired.
Jim Plunkett, quarterback, Raiders, Super Bowl 15. Plunkett was the first draft to be released from Stanford in 1971, and his five years in New England were a kind of incident. He spent two years in San Francisco not much better, but he was two Super Bowl champions with the Raiders and won MVP awards in the first of those games. If some mean “the post-season is worth it,” Plunkett was 8-2 in 10 games of his post-season.
Jake Scott, Security, Dolphins, Super Bowl 7. There were plenty of defensive linebacker Manny Fernandez’s six-goal performance that earned the MVP awards a 14-7 win over the Redskins, but Scott’s two catches made it. But that day was not his only notable performance. He was a five-time Pro Bowl pick and twice an All-Pro and had 49 catches in his nine-year career. He had four or more catches except for the entire season.
Five patriots who deserve more HOF than Edelman
Richard Seymour, defensive end, 2001-08. Seymour won three Super Bowls with the Patriots, entered the starting lineup of the first tournament team and gave up eight individual jobs to that team at the time of winning the title. He made 105 starts and recorded 39 sacks before the Patriots spent the last four seasons with the Raiders, adding another 18.5 sacks to his total. He made seven Pro Bowls and was named All-Pro three times.
Logan Mankins, guard, 2005-13. The Mankins lost their first few years in the Super Bowl to the Patriots, and left before putting things back together brilliantly. But he was a rookie of the two teams that lost the Super Bowls to Giant (2007, 2011), and appeared in seven Pro Bowls, once they were named All-Pro and Pro was selected in the 2010 All-Decade team by the Pro Hall of Fame.
Corey Dillon, back, 2004-06. Dillon played most of his career with the Bengals during the most spectacular seasons. He produced six straight 1,000-yard seasons for the 26-70 team. That may be worth it, but he also won a Super Bowl in 2004 with the Pats, who ran 1,635 yards that season and made one of four appearances in the Pro Bowl. It ranks 20th in the career race; Among his pre-qualified players, only Fred Taylor and Steven Jackson are not in the Hall.
Vince Wilfork, nose, 2004-14. Wilfork did not create statistical sacks that are usually noticed by a linear defensive man. Of course, at 325 pounds, it was a problem that was rarely noticed for him. He only had 16 career sacks, but he made 367 singles in his career, which meant he had two seasons with the Texans. He was All-Pro once and five times selected for the Pro Bowl.
Matt Light, guard, 2001-11. The light was there at the beginning of the Abertzale mandate, which won the job in its new season as Seymour did. Light came to the three Pro Bowls and was once named All-Pro. It will be almost impossible for him to reach the Hall with his credentials. And they are still better than Edelman.