Larry Brown: My HOF vote’s for Drew Pearson, not Terrell Owens


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(Photos courtesy of the Dallas Cowboys)

Talk of Fame Network

Terrell Owens says players should be judged Hall-of-Fame worthy “purely on stats,” and because his compare with the best wide receivers of all time, he believes, he should be a slam dunk for Canton.

Only he didn’t make it in his first year of eligibility. And while he was a finalist, he didn’t make the first cut to 10 … which, if you listen to former Super Bowl MVP Larry Brown, isn’t all that surprising.

The former star cornerback was a guest on the latest Talk of Fame Network broadcast, and we asked him to cast one vote for the Hall … with Owens and Randy Moss his choices.

He never mentioned Owens.

“If I had one vote,” said Brown, “I think I’d put Drew Pearson in. I think he deserves that. It’s always hard, and each era is different. For sure, if I were to elect a guy in the Randy Moss-era (it would) probably him and Isaac Bruce. Those two … I mean they were dynamic.

“I don’t think it’s going to be if they get in the Hall of Fame; the question is when. That’s a very tough vote, and I’m happy I’m not on that board to have to make those types of votes.”

Drew Pearson completes 50-yard touchdown vs. Minnesota Dec. 28, 1975, in "Hail Mary" pass sequence in NFC Playoff game at Bloomington, Minn.
Drew Pearson completes 50-yard touchdown vs. Minnesota Dec. 28, 1975, in “Hail Mary” pass sequence in NFC Playoff game at Bloomington, Minn. (Photo courtesy of the Dallas Cowboys)

Bruce has been eligible the past two years but hasn’t qualified as a finalist, something that irked former coach Mike Martz, who said both Bruce and Torry Holt, who has been eligible the past two years, too, are more qualified than Owens. But Brown’s choice of Pearson is important for two reasons: 1) He didn’t play in the same era, and 2) Pearson is the only starting wide receiver from all-decade teams of the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s not in Canton.

Pearson was a first-team wideout on the 1970s’ all-decade team.

“What did you like about him?” Pearson was asked.

“Everything,” he said. “He was Mr. Clutch. You can’t say Staubach (Hall-of-Fame quarterback Roger Staubach) without saying Pearson. I think it’s impossible. The names are intertwined together. Just as it is Rice and Montana, Harrison and Peyton … The list goes on … Swann and Bradshaw …

“I just don’t know how anyone could say the name without mentioning Drew Pearson, Mr. Clutch, Mr. Big Game, for so many years for the Cowboys. And that’s also having a Hall-of-Fame running back, Tony Dorsett, on the team. It’s tough, but I just believe he belongs.”

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4 Comments

  1. Martin Sexton
    April 11, 2016
    Reply

    I am biased as hell but I agree with Larry Brown. The fact that he is the only WR all decade member to not be in the Hall says it all. He deserves it and the committee who votes on the veteran players need to correct this flaw. You can’t write the history of the Dallas Cowboys without mentioning Drew Pearson. It was bad enough that the Cowboys took so long to put him in their ring of honor. C’mon NFL, get this right.

  2. Rasputin
    April 12, 2016
    Reply

    Good for Larry Brown. “Pearson is the only starting wide receiver from all-decade teams of the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s not in Canton.” Great point.

  3. Robert
    April 13, 2016
    Reply

    Goose, hopefully, the original #88, make the HOF, through the Senior Committee, before 2025.

  4. Luke Enno
    April 25, 2017
    Reply

    Pearson’s stats are comparable to most of his then-contemporaries in the hall of fame. But I don’t see it happening for awhile yet. I can think of many other players not in yet who are more deserving. Not saying Drew Pearson is not deserving though. He put together some very nice career accomplishments.

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