- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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Reed was turned down again after just missing the cut to become a member of the 2013 Hall of Fame class. He was one of 10 modern-era finalists but did not make the final five. This year's class includes Jonathan Ogden, Bill Parcells, Larry Allen, Cris Carter and Warren Sapp. It's a very strong group and all are deserving.
But you have to wonder if Reed's chances are dwindling. After being turned down as a finalist seven times, it’s clear the Hall of Fame committee views Reed as a very good receiver but not a Hall of Famer. Maybe that opinion will change over time. Maybe it won’t.
You can certainly make a good case for Reed. His 951 receptions, 13,198 yards and 87 touchdowns are solid, especially considering most of those numbers were put up in poor weather conditions in Buffalo.
However, more and more receivers are putting up similar or better numbers in this age of high-volume passing. Over time, that will make Reed's accomplishments look less impressive.
For example, receivers Terrell Owens, Randy Moss, Marvin Harrison, Isaac Bruce, Torry Holt and tight end Tony Gonzalez have all surpassed Reed in career yards in recent years. These half-dozen players and others will be coming down the pike for Hall of Fame voting, which clogs the position.
Reed came close to getting in this year. He has to hope his window for the Hall of Fame remains open and this wasn't his best chance.