Which WR is most deserving of a bust in the Class of 2018?


Randy Moss photo courtesy of the Minnesota Vikings

There was a wide receiver in three consecutive Hall of Fame classes from 2014-16 but none in the Class of 2017. That backed up the queue and there are now five worthy candidates for the Class of 2018. Among them are an NFL receiving champion, a Super Bowl MVP and a handful of all-decade performers. So that’s the subject of our weekly Talk of Fame Network poll – of the five semifinalists, which wide receiver is most deserving of a bust in the Class of 2018? Here are the candidates:

Isaac Bruce. Played 16 seasons with two teams, the Rams and 49ers. Ranks 13th all-time in receptions (1,024), fourth in yards (15,208) and 12th in touchdowns (91). Also ranks 201st in NFL history with an average of 14.9 yards per catch and went to four Pro Bowls. Was a member of the St. Louis Rams’ Greatest Show on Turf that won the 2000 Super Bowl. He caught a 73-yard pass from Hall of Famer Kurt Warner with 1:54 remaining for the game-winning touchdown, giving the Rams that 23-16 Super Bowl triumph over the Titans.

Torry Holt. Played 11 season with two teams, the Rams and Jaguars. A second-team NFL all-decade choice for the 2000s. Ranks 20th all-time in receptions (920), 16th in yards (13,382) and 34th in touchdowns (74). Also ranks 233rd in NFL history with an average of 14.5 yards per catch and went to seven Pro Bowls. Won a Super Bowl with the 1999 Rams and also was the 2003 NFL receiving champion. His 10 100-yard games in 2003 ranks third-best in NFL history for a single season.

Randy Moss. Played 14 seasons with five teams — the Vikings, Raiders, Patriots, Titans and 49ers. A first-team NFL all-decade choice for the 2000s. Ranks 15th all-time in receptions (982), third in yards (15,292) and second in touchdowns (156). Also ranks 138th in NFL history with an average of 15.6 yards per catch and went to six Pro Bowls. Moss set an NFL single-season record with his 23 receiving touchdowns in 2007 and also ranks second to Jerry Rice in both career 1,000-yard seasons (10) and 100-yard games (64).

Terrell Owens. Played 16 seasons with five teams — the 49ers, Eagles, Cowboys, Bills and Bengals. A second-team NFL all-decade choice for the 2000s. Ranks eighth all-time in receptions (1,078), second in yards (15,943) and third in touchdowns (153). Also ranks 209th in NFL history with an average of 14.8 yards per reception and went to six Pro Bowls.

Hines Ward. Played 14 seasons, all with the Steelers. Ranks 14th all-time in receptions (1,000), 25th in yards (12,083) and 15th in touchdowns (85) and went to four Pro Bowls. Won two Super Bowls with Pittsburgh and was the MVP of the 2006 game when he caught five passes for 123 yards, including a 43-yard touchdown in that 21-10 victory over the Seahawks.

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5 Comments

  1. Rasputin
    November 29, 2017
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    Sterling Sharpe is more deserving than any of those guys when you factor in how long he’s already waited.

    • November 29, 2017
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      How about Drew Pearson? Waited a lot longer.

      • Rasputin
        November 29, 2017
        Reply

        Agreed. Drew Pearson is the first senior era WR I’d induct. Sharpe is the next modern era WR I’d induct.

  2. 1976 Pitt Panthers
    December 3, 2017
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    Ward, Bruce, and possibly Holt are deserving of Canton, with Moss and Owens at another level. Going to take time for the HOF-worthy receivers to get in, the ballot is so crowded.

  3. Justin
    December 3, 2017
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    Holt is the most underrated of the five. Ward the most overrated.

    Bruce was something of a compiler, although his pre-Holt years were much better than most remember.

    Moss is clearly the best of the five. His only knock is that sometimes he didn’t tried his hardest. HOFers are supposed to be the guys who never quit, give their all. But sometimes a guy comes along who is so talented that even at 80% he is HOF worthy. That is Moss. It challenges our expectations about what a HOFer looks like, but the committee needs to recognize his amazing talent—this year year.

    Owens is in a lot of ways the opposite of Moss. His game was not god given talent, but unrelenting work rate. That is in part why he had so many drops. But I completely understand the knocks on him as a poor teammate who negatively affected his teams. That said, his numbers cannot be ignored.

    In the end, I think Moss, Owens, Holt and Bruce are HOF worthy. Ward just misses the cut for me.

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