Monday, February 19, 2007

Riley Odoms for the Hall of Fame!

Who is Riley Odoms?

Why, he's a should-be-Hall of Famer! At least if the recent election of Charlie Sanders is any indication.

I previously made the case for Sanders as the worst Hall of Famer ever, and will reinforce that notion by showing that the immortal Riley Odoms was a better player.

If none of this rings a bell, both players were good tight ends in the NFL.

Sanders played 10 full years (1968-77) for the Lions, Odoms played 10 full years (1972-1981) for the Broncos.

Here are their 10-year numbers:

Odoms: 384 catches, 5,511 yards, 41 TDs. 4 Pro Bowl selections

Sanders: 336 catches, 4,817 yards, 31 TDs, 7 Pro Bowl selections.

OK. Who had the better career? I'd probably take Odoms, who was on some very good Bronco teams, over Sanders -- who made the playoffs once (and saw his Lions get shutout).

But clearly, neither guy was a Hall of Famer. I'm still trying to figure out how Sanders could get in, even as an old timer. If anyone has a clue, please let me know.

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