active years: 2001-2016
HOF PFR Monitor: 98.41 (17th among WRthe average HOF WR is 103.63)
why he might come in:
The body is there. Among wides, Smith’s has amassed the seventh most receiving yards of all time (14,731) and the tenth most receptions (1,031) – more than a number of current Hall of Famers. , including Isaac Bruce, Randy Moss, Andre Reed, Michael Irvin and Calvin Johnson.
He is also a two-time first-team All-Pro, second-team All-Pro in 2008, a five-time Pro Bowler, and the 2005 owner’s Returning Player of the Year award and receiving triple crown. 89’s 16-year incendiary career has proven, among other things, that he is undoubtedly one of the greatest pound-for-pound players in the history of the game.
Why wouldn’t he come in:
Smith’s first application to Hall was shut down before he could even be named a finalist for this year’s class. This is likely because voters may want to get some of the older names, hence the possible exclusions of Demarcus Ware, Andre Johnson and Devin Hester.
Additionally, Smith was (and still is), well, a little outspoken — another trait on which voters’ tax hopes are taxed. Like Terrell Owens, however, he’ll probably have to wait another round or two to get his bust.