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.