Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Hall of Fame Wide Receiver Chart

By John Turney

As a way to organize the things that are measurable for a Hall of Fame candidate, we use charts to order things we think the HOF voters look at when evaluating a player.

We divide them by position. Here is our current wide receiver chart—
Chart credit:  Pro Football Journal
We list the years and games played to reflect longevity, the percentages of games played and started to measure when they got their starting positions and how often they missed coming out of the bell.

We list First-team All-Pros, Second-teams as well as All-AFC and ALl-NFC and Pro Bowls. Also, All-Decades, and any Most Valuable Player awards, both major and minor as well as player of the year awards. Here, for wide receivers, we put gross statistics as well as per-16 game stats.

Black ink and grey ink indicate how often a player led the league (black ink) or was in the top ten (grey ink) in a major statistical category for their position. And finally, championships.

Intangibles like film study or "testimonials" from opponents are included. They just cannot be measure and then broken down by era. 

Nonetheless, we thought you'd like to see a complete chart with things we though can be displayed in this form. Of course, there are more things, as we mentioned, but this is the "measurable" piece of the Hall of Fame puzzle. 


  1. Mac Speedie's excellence stands out.

  2. John, did you consider including Pete Pihos in the HOF group or Billy Wilson or Billy Howton in the bottom non-HOF group?

    1. they just cot cut off, the enire chart is much longer