Entering Saturday evening, the Pro Football Hall of Fame housed 21 wide receivers. That number will not change, as three wide receivers - including former Buffalo Bills star Andre Reed - were not part of the 2011 class of enshrinees.
Richard Dent,, Chris Hanburger, Ed Richter, Ed Sabol, Deion Sanders and Shannon Sharpe were the seven men elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year.
Reed survived the preliminary cut from 15 candidates to ten, and was the only receiver to do so; Cris Carter andwere among the first five cuts. The presence of Sharpe - arguably the best receiving tight end in the history of the league - was the biggest factor working against Reed and the wide receivers this year.
This was Reed's second time as a finalist. His wait to join teammates Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas, James Lofton and Bruce Smith in the Hall continues.