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This one is baffling.
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison left the game following the 2008 season with 1,102 receptions. At the time, only Jerry Rice had more catches in NFL history.
That total of 1,102 grabs remains third in league history as of now. His 14,580 receiving yards are the seventh-highest total ever, and only four players in the game’s annals have caught more scoring passes than him (128).
Yet in his first year of eligibility, Harrison was not elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
As for the former Colts' pass-catcher, he is apparently taking it all in stride. "The thing is, not once did I psych myself up about being a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame," said Harrison to Mike Chappell of The Indianapolis Star. "It definitely would have been a great honor, but I'm more happy for the guys who made it. It was well deserved."
The question is indeed why? Yes, we have seen the wide receiver position somewhat disrespected (for lack of a better word) when it comes to this process. Hall of Famers like Art Monk, Cris Carter and Andre Reed waited seemingly longer than usual. Perhaps the feeling is that the modern game has inflated the numbers.
But you can’t inflate consistency. Harrison caught a league-record 143 passes in 2002, the last of four consecutive seasons with at least 100 receptions. He was named to the Pro Bowl eight times and was a member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s.
He just needs to make one more roster.