Some players have the numbers to be in Pro Football's Hall of Fame. But their conduct and their team's results leaves them indicted, not inducted.
A Hall of Fame player makes his team better, not worse. The "Me-First" conduct of these three players is worthy of shame, not fame.
Take for example Randy Moss.
Moss is among the top receivers in the history of the game in catches, yards, and touchdowns. He has more speed and athleticism than perhaps any receiver in NFL history. But, what he really excels in is selfishness.
He has admitted to taking plays off, something anyone watching him in the second half of a game he has not caught a pass in, can attest to. He has left the sideline when his team had a chance for a Hail Mary (the very thing his athleticism is needed most for) to win the game.
He does not block for his teammates.
He has no problem publicly criticising coaches from whom he does not take criticism. He has no problem airing dirty laundry of an organisation to the press, or making it known he is unhappy.
Maybe these are reasons why in his entire career, including two seasons on teams that combined for one regular season loss, he has just six playoff wins and no rings.
Does Randy Moss belong in the Hall of Fame?
It explains why, now that the Tennessee Titans have been virtually eliminated from the playoffs, he has been on just three playoff teams in the last 10 seasons, averaging 3.3 catches and 43.8 yards per game.
This season is a microcosm of Moss' effect on a team. When he arrived on each of the three teams this season, they were contenders. With him on their roster, those three teams are a combined 4-9 (.308 winning percentage); without him, they are 16-7 (.696)—over twice as successful.
This season also speaks to his lack of work ethic. Moss has just 27 catches for 375 yards this season, and likely will not get 500 yards.
At 33 years old, there is no reason for his numbers to be dropping off so dramatically. Either he is not trying on the field, he is not preparing in the film room, not putting in the training time necessary to be properly conditioned, or some combination thereof.
Jerry Rice had four 1000-yard seasons at an older age.
Terrell Owens is more than three years older than Moss, and 39 yards away from getting his second 1000-yard season in the last three years.
Donald Driver is 35 and only because he struggled with a thigh injury is his streak of six seasons of 1000 yards likely to be broken; he shook off five tacklers to turn a 23-yard pass into a 61-yard touchdown Sunday.
No player so unprofessional should be enshrined.
For Moss, Canton should be spelled "Can't-In."
But he is not alone—two other active receivers will be examined next in this series...