Former Miami Hurricanes WR Andre Johnson will sign a one day contract with the Houston Texans so he can officially end his career as a Texan. Now that Johnson is hanging up the cleats, they next question is whether he will get his bust place in Canton?
Johnson played 12 seasons in the NFL. He finishes off his career playing in 193 games, 1,062 receptions, 14, 345 yards and 70 Tds. He is the all time leading receiver in the history of the franchise. With all that said, the only way to consider Johnson for the Pro Football Hall of Fame is to compare his numbers with current hall of famers.
As far as receptions and yards are concerned, Andre Johnson sits as 11th of all time. His 70 career TDs is 40th of all time, which is the one stat that may hurt his case.
There certainly is an argument on the receptions end. He has more receptions than hall of famers, Andre Reed, Art Monk, Steve Largent and Michael Irvin. He has more all time yardage than all the aforementioned and Chris Carter.
Being in the top 15 all time in two of the major categories ought to be enough. He also put up these numbers in fewer games than anyone in front of him (193) but Marvin Harrison (190). He also did it in fewer games than the eight of the nine players behind him.
When matching up Johnson’s numbers with his contemporaries, he’s right there in the mix. Being that he’s his team’s all time receiver and considered perhaps the franchises most important offensive player in it’s history to date will also make the case for a trip to Canton.
If I were a voter, and I’m not I would say that Andre Johnson deserves to be honored in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Looking at his career objectively, he’s done enough to get on the ballot. Whether he makes it the first ballot will be determined who else is there with him. But from looking at it right now, I expect Johnson to be representing The U lovely in Canton.