Look, I'm going to preface this by saying there isn't an NFL writer out there with more skins on the wall than Rick Gosselin of The Dallas Morning News. The guy is widely known as one of the best, most respected guys in the game. He's a Hall of Fame voter, which should be a huge concern to two of the most productive wide receivers of the last decade.
Gosselin said Tuesday on the Norm Hitzges show on KTCK-The TIcket that former Dallas Cowboys castaway Terrell Owens and former Cowboys shunee Randy Moss are not surefire Hall of Famers, and will most likely be left on the doorstep of Canton.
As Owens' current teammate Chad Ochocinco might say, "Child, please."
Since coming into the league in 1998 and holding a grudge against Jerry Jones for not picking him in the draft, Moss has been one of the most dangerous offensive weapons in the game and continuously tormented the Cowboys for passing him up due to his off the field issues, which obviously were not a fluke. But regardless, the guy is a player. His career stats? 14,840 receiving yards, 153 touchdowns with an average of 74.2 yards per game.
T.O. is even better. You can say what you want about his obvious character flaws, but the guy has never even sniffed trouble with the law in his career. Gosselin argued that he was shown the door by four teams in the prime of his career -- the 49ers, the Eagles, the Cowboys and the Bills, and suggested the Bengals will show him the door following this season, although he's definitely not in the prime of his career anymore. There must be a reason those teams did that, some more publicized than others (public spats with his quarterbacks in San Fran and Philly). But look at the stats, Rick. 15,934 receiving yards, 153 touchdowns with 72.8 yards per game.
Now, for comparison's sake, let's look at the stats of Marvin Harrison, who Gosselin said is a surefire Hall of Famer. Career stats? 14,580 yards with 128 touchdowns. Both categories are lower than those of Moss and Owens.
Gosselin said the Hall of Fame is for the top two or three players at one position in an era, not seven or eight receivers from the same era. You'd be hard pressed to find many receivers more worthy of Moss and Owens in this era. Sorry Goose, gonna have to disagree with you here.