Larry Brown: My HOF vote's for Drew Pearson, not Terrell Owens

If former Super Bowl MVP Larry Brown had one Hall of Fame vote for a wide receiver he wouldn't cast it for Terrell Owens. Nope, his choice would be former Cowboy Drew Pearson.

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Terrell Owens says players should be judged Hall-of-Fame worthy “purely on stats,” and because his compare with the best wide receivers of all time, he believes, he should be a slam dunk for Canton.

Only he didn’t make it in his first year of eligibility. And while he was a finalist, he didn’t make the first cut to 10 … which, if you listen to former Super Bowl MVP Larry Brown, isn’t all that surprising.

The former star cornerback was a guest on the latest Talk of Fame Network broadcast, and we asked him to cast one vote for the Hall … with Owens and Randy Moss his choices.

He never mentioned Owens.

“If I had one vote,” said Brown, “I think I’d put Drew Pearson in. I think he deserves that. It’s always hard, and each era is different. For sure, if I were to elect a guy in the Randy Moss-era (it would) probably him and Isaac Bruce. Those two … I mean they were dynamic.

"I don’t think it’s going to be if they get in the Hall of Fame; the question is when. That’s a very tough vote, and I’m happy I’m not on that board to have to make those types of votes.”

Drew Pearson completes 50-yard touchdown vs. Minnesota Dec. 28, 1975, in "Hail Mary" pass sequence in NFC Playoff game at Bloomington, Minn. (Photo courtesy of Dallas Cowboys)
Drew Pearson completes 50-yard touchdown vs. Minnesota Dec. 28, 1975, in "Hail Mary" pass sequence in NFC Playoff game at Bloomington, Minn. (Photo courtesy of the Dallas Cowboys)

Bruce has been eligible the past two years but hasn’t qualified as a finalist, something that irked former coach Mike Martz, who said both Bruce and Torry Holt, who has been eligible the past two years, too, are more qualified than Owens. But Brown’s choice of Pearson is important for two reasons: 1) He didn’t play in the same era, and 2) Pearson is the only starting wide receiver from all-decade teams of the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s not in Canton.

Pearson was a first-team wideout on the 1970s’ all-decade team.

“What did you like about him?” Pearson was asked.

“Everything,” he said. “He was Mr. Clutch. You can’t say Staubach (Hall-of-Fame quarterback Roger Staubach) without saying Pearson. I think it’s impossible. The names are intertwined together. Just as it is Rice and Montana, Harrison and Peyton … The list goes on … Swann and Bradshaw …

“I just don’t know how anyone could say the name without mentioning Drew Pearson, Mr. Clutch, Mr. Big Game, for so many years for the Cowboys. And that’s also having a Hall-of-Fame running back, Tony Dorsett, on the team. It’s tough, but I just believe he belongs.”

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