2. Career Receptions
Wayne’s road to the Hall will get a lot easier next year, when the list of competing wide receivers will shrink significantly — not to mention that decorated pass rusher DeMarcus Ware will likely be the only first-ballot finalist who will receive induction.
By that time, it might be impossible for voters to deny Wayne a spot in Canton. After all, he ranks 10th in league history with 1,070 career receptions. The good news for the former first-round pick is that all five Hall of Fame-eligible players ahead of him in that department have already been inducted. If that isn’t enough to convince you that Wayne deserves enshrinement, even though his career accolades don’t align with those ahead of him, then nothing does.
Let’s be honest — the only reason Wayne doesn’t rank higher in that category is because he spent most of his career playing second fiddle to Marvin Harrison. You might think we’re biased, but objectively speaking, Wayne having to fight for targets alongside another all-time great shouldn’t be used against him. In fact, the fact that he was so consistent despite his unfortunate situation should only strengthen his case.