A great injustice was righted a week ago when it was announced that longtime Dallas Cowboys executive Gil Brandt was part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019.
Mr. Brandt is responsible for so much of the NFL that we love today and football immortality is what he deserves. He had to wait longer than he should have, but at least he’s going to get in at long last.
There are unfortunately a lot of worthy HOFers that are still waiting on the call to get their bronze bust and gold jacket. During a sit down interview with Steve Wyche, various members of this year’s class gave their thoughts on someone who they believe should join them in Canton in 2020. Gil Brandt’s answer is one that Cowboys fans everywhere will agree with.
Drew Pearson is one of the greatest wide receivers that is not currently enshrined in Canton, OH. What he did in the context of the time that he did it is quite unparalleled, a point Mr. Brandt made himself.
The Cowboys of the 1970s were stacked in a lot of ways and have seen many of their members enter football’s greatest fraternity. For some of the players, however, that is unfortunately not the case. Getting into the Pro Football Hall of Fame gets tougher each and every year with more competition coming all the time and the wide receiver position has seen some all-timers go in ahead of Pearson.
NFL Media’s Dave Dameshek summarized the point quite well in the discussion of this all when he pointed out that Pearson’s career numbers are so far behind modern day wide receivers.
Pearson & Cliff Branch are the NFL's Steve Garvey & Dave Parker: HOF-worthy best-of-the-'70s guys whose numbers are now dwarfed by generational trends https://t.co/OACKA69BA5— Dave Dameshek (@Dameshek) February 8, 2019
Drew Pearson will never compare favorably to receivers that played long after him because the game has changed so much from an aerial perspective. His career must be looked at through the prism of what the game was like back then which doesn’t seem to be the case when the Hall of Fame voters get together each year.
Here’s hoping that the Class of 2020 does indeed feature Drew Pearson. He’s waited long enough.