The Pro Football Hall of Fame holds their annual induction ceremony this weekend, and one face you won't see is Andre Reed. Reed, the Buffalo Bills' all-time leading receiver, has been a finalist seven times and even finished ahead of Carter in voting two years ago, but hasn't yet been able to crack the final five.
"People keep telling me, ‘He’ll get in, he’ll get in, ust be patient,’ " former Buffalo Bills general manager Bill Polian told theMMQB for an article that ran earlier this week. "And then this year it was, ‘His numbers don’t measure up.’ Measure up to what? If you measure his numbers against everybody who played in his time, he’s as good or better than anybody. I don’t get it. It’s beyond me. I just can’t figure out why. I don’t know why. No one can give me a logical answer. I ask, and the answers that I get … when you apply metrics, when you apply logic, it just doesn’t seem to work out."
Reed was third on the all-time receptions list when he retired with 951 catches. He's now been moved down to No. 11, passed up by other more recent pass catchers. To his credit, Reed is taking it in stride now after getting agitated for several years.
"I’m there for a reason," Reed told the Kansas City Star this week of being a finalist so many times. "I wouldn’t be in that position if they didn’t think I was supposed to be there. When my day comes, it’ll come … It’ll happen. You have no control over it, that’s the bottom line."
For now, Reed will have to watch the induction ceremony like everyone else. Instead of being in Canton, this year he's at training camp with the Kansas City Chiefs, where he has been interning as a minority coaching fellow during training camp. His head coach there, Andy Reid, told reporters this week that Reed should be in the Hall of Fame.
"I’ve been close, I’m pretty close right now, I’m probably as close as I’ve ever been," Reed told SB Nation's Joel Thorman on Wednesday from Chiefs camp. "If I really worried about that, if it was really on my mind all day, I would drive myself crazy. I’m doing something I want to do and when that happens, it happens on someone else’s time. But, for Andy to say that about me, it’s pretty special.”
The induction ceremony is tonight at 7 PM on NFL Network featuring the Class of 2013: Larry Allen, Cris Carter, Curley Culp, Jonathan Ogden, Bill Parcells, Dave Robinson and Warren Sapp.