There’s a bit of sour air breezing in the Detroit Lions alumni atmosphere.
In a recent interview with Dan Leach on 97.1 The Ticket, Lions’ legendary wide receiver Herman Moore went into clear detail on his opinion of Calvin Johnson’s legitimacy as a first-ballot Pro Football Hall of Famer.
“I don’t think he’ll get in and it’s not so much right now whether it’s deserving — I think there’s a time and place for everyone. I’m the type that believes — because I’m one of those guys that ‘you played well, you did well in your time’ — if it’s all based on statistics and who’s got more now then it’s unfair.”
The former three-time, first team All-Pro would go on to further explain his reasoning and hit hard on the fact that he doesn’t think Johnson is as deserving as others (like Moore himself) who are waiting for the illustrious nod.
“Guys that have been waiting and played their careers and done well and have even more accolades — I think they go in first,” Moore explained. “That’s not a hit towards Calvin, I think he will have his turn. But for now I don’t think he gets in on the first ballot and if he does, I think you’re doing a disservice to a few of the other guys that I think are deserving given the careers that they’ve had.”
Megatron’s first year of Hall of Fame eligibility will be in 2021. Other players who will become eligible that year is quarterback Peyton Manning, defensive back Charles Woodson, running back Marshawn Lynch and defensive end Jared Allen. The only wide receivers to ever be selected in their first year of HOF eligibility is Jerry Rice and Steve Largent.
Herman Moore has been eligible since 2006 but is yet to be selected.