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Before my time... Drew Pearson snub?

DanMetroMan : 1/15/2020 3:09 pm
Social media is abuzz regarding Pearson's perceived snub. As is the case with comparing different generations, I can't give an educated opinion based on stats alone. Numbers don't pop off the page but he was all-pro first team for the decade in the 70's along with Swann. Was Pearson snubbed? Is he a HOFer in your eyes?
Yes he is  
NY-Fan : 1/15/2020 3:12 pm : link
Based on what he was in the NFL during that time he should be in. Not sure why he isnít and many feel the same.
he was a great receiver. Killed the GIants.  
Victor in CT : 1/15/2020 3:13 pm : link
#s from the '70s always look low nowadays for WRs. It was a completely different game.
Yes  
Thegratefulhead : 1/15/2020 3:13 pm : link
He made huge plays in big games. Great hands. Clutch.
He was terrific  
JonC : 1/15/2020 3:15 pm : link
but probably affected by what could be seen as a lack of stats, even for the era : only a pair of 1000 yard seasons, less than 50 TDs, etc.
He really belongs because  
flycatcher : 1/15/2020 3:17 pm : link
he excelled in an era when DBs were licensed to assault receivers anywhere an the field as long as the ball wasnít in the air.
feel bad for him  
BillyM : 1/15/2020 3:18 pm : link
but he's a champion. Many a gold jacket wearing HOF'r with no ring would trade.

Shorter career than Branch or Carmichael  
kinard : 1/15/2020 3:27 pm : link
... probably made more clutch receptions than both of them.

Between the three, I would have selected Cliff Branch. If Harold Carmichael is a Hall of Famer, so is Amani Toomer (kind of kidding)
High standard for HoF in the NFL  
JonC : 1/15/2020 3:42 pm : link
After 35 years, it would seem to suggest the consensus is he was a very good but not great player. I'm ok with that high standard. I remember him being clutch, big plays, great hands.
He should be in  
Russ in Queens, NYC : 1/15/2020 3:51 pm : link
Absolutely.
We had routes called  
MotownGIANTS : 1/15/2020 4:17 pm : link
DP inspired by him ... Drew was that dude in his time.
Several Cowboys have been snubbed from their great 1970s  
arniefez : 1/15/2020 4:21 pm : link
teams. Pearson for sure.
Eh  
jeff57 : 1/15/2020 4:27 pm : link
Iíd say no. Good, not great. Like Theisman, from South River.
He was as good as anyone from that era,  
Section331 : 1/15/2020 4:30 pm : link
but as JonC references, his stats don't blow you away. He was, however, a 3x All Pro, while Lynn Swann, who's stats are far less, is a one-time all pro (understanding that his play in the biggest moments carries a lot of weight).

There certainly is an argument for his inclusion.
RE: High standard for HoF in the NFL  
PatersonPlank : 1/15/2020 4:35 pm : link
In comment 14780754 JonC said:
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After 35 years, it would seem to suggest the consensus is he was a very good but not great player. I'm ok with that high standard. I remember him being clutch, big plays, great hands.


I agree. Good player but never struck me as a HOF player. Again seeing him live is one thing, looking at stats later is another. In his time, versus his peers, he was a good WR. I agree with no HOF call
He was absolutely terrific.  
Matt M. : 1/15/2020 4:52 pm : link
I hated the Cowboys, and was very conflicted because I loved watching Dorsett and Pearson. They were both so smooth and money.
Pearson was Jerry Rice before Jerry Rice  
gtt350 : 1/15/2020 5:35 pm : link
.
He was a PIA  
HomerJones45 : 1/15/2020 5:39 pm : link
every freaking time the Cowboys needed a big play or they were in a tight spot, the ball went to Pearson. He should get in as should Cliff Branch.

Carmichael totally deserves to be in the Hall.

Got to remember, they were playing 14 game seasons in an era when teams ran the ball a lot more than they do today so 60 catches and 1000 yards was an amazing season. 50 catches and 850-900 yards usually put a receiver in the top 5 in yardage and receptions. For example, in 1977, the last year with a 14 game schedule, Pearson led the league in receiving yardage with 870. (Jimmy Robinson led the Giants that year with 422 yards- yes, you read that correctly)
drew was not jerry rice  
Payasdaddy : 1/15/2020 5:40 pm : link
Big fan of him, before I hated cowboys in 80's
liked them in 70's (before my gman love started in late 70's)
Drew was clutch as heck and a real top WR
But not special RICE is the GOAT drew would be similar to a better version of toomer nothing stands out but more than gets job done
met him and others at Offense Defense football camp  
Payasdaddy : 1/15/2020 5:45 pm : link
drew, dorsett, the manster randy white, theismann, raymond chester and burgess owens to name some
back in the late 70's was at fairleigh dickinson in trumbull CT
players would hang out with u for hours in dorm, just chilling
I used to bust their chops if my streets and smith football mag would say bad stuff about them, but since they were good, not much bad would be said.
and yes, drew deserves hall of fame  
Payasdaddy : 1/15/2020 5:47 pm : link
he was right before the time of the real size speed guys coming into league probably 6 ft 185 and did a 4.65
STILL PISSED ABOUT 1975 HAIL MARY  
Payasdaddy : 1/15/2020 5:57 pm : link
When drew pushed off
that was the best viking team of the 70's
Not saying they would have beat pitt this time . they aged alot in 1 yr in 1976 when raiders blew them out
1975 defense was still nasty
RE: He was a PIA  
Jimmy Googs : 1/15/2020 6:01 pm : link
In comment 14780897 HomerJones45 said:
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every freaking time the Cowboys needed a big play or they were in a tight spot, the ball went to Pearson. He should get in as should Cliff Branch.

Carmichael totally deserves to be in the Hall.

Got to remember, they were playing 14 game seasons in an era when teams ran the ball a lot more than they do today so 60 catches and 1000 yards was an amazing season. 50 catches and 850-900 yards usually put a receiver in the top 5 in yardage and receptions. For example, in 1977, the last year with a 14 game schedule, Pearson led the league in receiving yardage with 870. (Jimmy Robinson led the Giants that year with 422 yards- yes, you read that correctly)


Good post/comments.

Pearson was very good. I can see the case both ways with him though.
Little before my time  
Darth Paul : 1/15/2020 6:17 pm : link
but this is my favorite moment of his.
Drew Pearson Philly - ( New Window )
I will always  
Pete in MD : 1/15/2020 7:46 pm : link
remember him as the GM of the New York Hitmen.
No one will ever convince me  
djm : 1/15/2020 7:54 pm : link
That Pearson meant more to his team or impacted the game more than banks and Bavaro did here. Pearson was terrific, but itís going to bother me if and when he gets in giants players who won MORE Super Bowls, donít.M

Banks was also voted to the all decade team.
RE: High standard for HoF in the NFL  
djm : 1/15/2020 7:55 pm : link
In comment 14780754 JonC said:
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After 35 years, it would seem to suggest the consensus is he was a very good but not great player. I'm ok with that high standard. I remember him being clutch, big plays, great hands.


I do agree about the high standard thing. Problem is there are dozens of players in canton that donít sniff that high standard. Thatís why I get annoyed when players like Pearson or banks or Oates, Marshall or Bavaro donít get a whiff.
RE: Yes he is  
Eman11 : 1/15/2020 8:04 pm : link
In comment 14780703 NY-Fan said:
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Based on what he was in the NFL during that time he should be in. Not sure why he isnít and many feel the same.


Yup this is how I feel too.

When it comes to HOFers I think of how they were in their era, and not compared to other eras. Rules, playing surfaces equipment etc change and players should only be compared to their own era.

That being the case, Drew was one of if not the best WR of his era and I remember him being pretty damn dominant at his position. Clutch, great hands, always seemed to rise to the occasion and just made big play after big play.

He should be in IMO.
Pearson comparison to Jerry Rice  
bc4life : 1/15/2020 8:56 pm : link
I don't think so. Very good player but no
RE: No one will ever convince me  
Jimmy Googs : 1/15/2020 9:50 pm : link
In comment 14781054 djm said:
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That Pearson meant more to his team or impacted the game more than banks and Bavaro did here. Pearson was terrific, but itís going to bother me if and when he gets in giants players who won MORE Super Bowls, donít.M

Banks was also voted to the all decade team.


Or Eli...
I may be off base here  
aquidneck : 1/16/2020 7:12 am : link
But I'd compare Pearson to Victor Cruz.

Both UDFA. Similar players/skill sets with similar impact on their teams.
I agree he should be in  
cjac : 1/16/2020 8:27 am : link
but at the same time i'm not sure why he threw a party, and video taped himself during the announcement of the inductees.
who cares  
GeneInCal : 1/16/2020 10:51 am : link
he's a fricken Cowboy, no Giants fan should be losing sleep over this. Carl Banks deserves to be in before him
Pearson was very good.  
x meadowlander : 1/16/2020 11:34 am : link
But he barely broke 1,000 yards twice, NEVER broke 10TD/year.

He is NOT a Hall of Famer.
RE: Pearson was very good.  
Eman11 : 1/16/2020 11:43 am : link
In comment 14781667 x meadowlander said:
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But he barely broke 1,000 yards twice, NEVER broke 10TD/year.

He is NOT a Hall of Famer.


I don't think it's fair to compare him to what WR's numbers look like today. It was a different game in his era. 14 games for one thing plus it was more a running based game and D's were pretty much able to maul WR's.

Based on what he did in his era he should get in IMO. He was one of if not the best WR then.
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