Oakland Raiders

NFL Hall of Fame: Will 2011 Be the Year That Tim Brown Gets Call from the Hall?

OAKLAND, CA  - SEPTEMBER 28:  Wide receiver Tim Brown #81 of the Oakland Raiders points the crowd during a game against the San Diego Chargers on September 28, 2003 at Network Associates Coliseum in Oakland, California. The Raiders defeated the Chargers 34-31 in overtime. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Jeff LittleSenior Writer IJanuary 14, 2011

The NFL released the finalists for the pro football Hall of Fame class of 2011 on Jan. 10, 2011. The 44-member selection committee will meet on Feb. 5, 2011 in North Texas. Tim Brown must receive a minimum positive vote of 80 percent.

Tim Brown won the Heisman Trophy and Walter Camp Award in 1987. Brown was the first wide receiver to win the Heisman. The Notre Dame graduate drafted sixth overall by the Los Angeles Raiders in 1988. Brown was the first wide receiver off the board.

The multi-talented wide receiver/returner came into the league and made an immediate impact. Brown led the league in kickoff returns, return yards, average yards per return in addition to making 43 catches for 725 yards and scoring five touchdowns.

The Dallas, Texas native was a nine-time Pro Bowl selection. Brown played in 255 games finished his career with 1,094 receptions, 14,934 receiving yards and 100 touchdowns.

It is a known fact that Tim Brown was one of the best wide receivers in college football and NFL history. Brown was a member of the NFL 1990s All-Decade team. Brown posted an NFL-record 75 receptions in 10 straight seasons. There are currently three members of the 12-round 1988 draft in the Hall of Fame; Tim Brown is attempting to take his rightful place as the fourth.

Although denied in year one, Brown became eligible for enshrinement in 2010. Understandable when you consider the traffic jam of accomplished receiver candidates awaiting entry such as Jerry Rice, Andre Reed and Chris Carter.

The College Football Hall of Fame inducted “Touchdown Timmy” in 2010. This is the second year of eligibility for Tim Brown, the man known simply as, Mr. Raider. Brown spent 15 of his 16 years in the NFL proudly wearing silver and black in Los Angeles and Oakland.

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