I am one hundred percent biased, Drew Pearson should be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It’s past due.
The 2017 NFL Draft in Philly may be the spark Pearson needs to get the conversation started about how the first team All Decade 1970’s wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys. He played on the Cowboys Super Bowll XII title team.
He announced the Cowboys 2017 second round draft pick in front of a massive crowd of booing Eagles fans he egged on with his New Jersey swag. He sent some younger football fans to google to figure out just who he was. Drew's career ended in 1983.
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Hall of Fame voter Clark Judge recently wrote a column supporting a second look at The Original 88's great NFL career. He writes:
The former Dallas Cowboys’ wide receiver is … and has been … Hall-of-Fame worthy, yet his candidacy has never gained traction. Forget that he’s the only first-team choice from the 1970s’ all-decade offense not in Canton. Forget that he’s one of two first-teamers from that club not to be included, too (former teammate Cliff Harris is the other). And forget that he’s one of two wide receivers from any all-decade teams of the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s (Harold Carmichael, a 1970s’ second-teamer, is the other) not in the Hall.
Drew Pearson is one of only two first-team position players from all-decade teams of the 1970s, 80s and 90s (former Bears’ tackle Jimbo Covert is the other) never to be discussed.
You heard me. Never. The two not only haven’t been finalists; they’ve never been semifinalists … and that’s more than inexplicable. It’s downright wrong. You know it. I know it. And Drew Pearson knows it.
On NBC 5, Drew and I discussed how his moment at the NFL Draft could spark conversation about why he isn't in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.