Lomas Brown believes playing for Detroit Lions has kept him out of Hall of Fame

During his time with the Detroit Lions, OT Lomas Brown was selected to seven-straight NFC Pro Bowl teams (1990-1996) and was even named an All-Pro in 1995.

Brown, of course, was on the offensive line that blocked for the great Barry Sanders and Sanders believes Brown should be in the Hall of Fame.


From Detroit Free Press:

“I think about my teammate Lomas Brown, who played 20 years and had a stellar career against – and we all who played the game understand what left tackle means, to play at that level,” Sanders said.

“Maybe I’m biased, but he’s an example,” Sanders said. “There’s a lot of great players that you can think of that are borderline Hall-of-Famers or probably eventually will go in type thing. But it’s certainly something to think about.”

When asked why he believes he has never even been a semifinalist for the Hall of Fame, Brown said he thinks he is being penalized because of the team he played for during his best years, the Detroit Lions.

“If I’m brutally honest (about why), I just think it’s the Lions,” Brown told the Free Press last week. “I just think (people) didn’t put the respect on our team like the Dallas Cowboys.

“We were in the playoffs what, ‘91, ‘93, ‘94 and ’95 when I was here? We were in the playoffs, but again we couldn’t win but in '91, so I think that has a lot to do with it. I really do. Even though it shouldn’t have a lot to do with it, I think it does. Cause that’s the only thing I can see.”

“I look at myself, my records or my accomplishments and I look at some of the guys that are in there and I think mine is comparable to some of the guys that had gotten in,” Brown said. “But a lot of it’s off the team that you played off of. I know a tremendous amount is off playoff success. We didn’t get a lot of that in the ‘90s even though we had some great individual players that played on the team. It’s just we couldn’t get over the hump once we got in the playoffs.”

Nation, do you agree with Lomas? Is he being left out of the Hall of Fame because he played for the Lions?