Comparing Chad Johnson to potential Hall of Fame arguments

James Walker compares Hines Ward to the best receivers that are still active in potential hall of fame discussions. Of his chart, he compares Ward to Marvin Harrison, Terrell Owens, Randy Moss and Torry Holt. So I wondered where Chad Johnson stacked amongst these notable nominations for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Player Catches Yards TDs Pro Bowls SB Wins
Marvin Harrison 1,102 14,580 128 8 1
Terrell Owens 951 14,122 139 6 0
Randy Moss 843 13,201 135 6 0
Torry Holt 869 12,660 74 7 1
Hines Ward 800 9,780 72 4 1
Chad Johnson 612 8,905 53 5 0

The noticeable issue here is that the "elite" guys, the receivers likely bound for Hall of Fame arguments, have played several seasons more than Johnson. So how does Johnson compare when we break down the numbers by the amount of seasons they've played?

Player Seasons Catches Yards TDs
Marvin Harrison 13 84.8 1,121.5 9.8
Terrell Owens 13 73.2 1,086.3 10.7
Randy Moss 11 76.6 1,200.1 12.3
Torry Holt 10 86.9 1,266 7.4
Hines Ward 11 72.7 889.1 6.5
Chad Johnson 8 76.5 1,113.1 6.6

Johnson's touchdown production barely beats out Ward's, and Owens and Moss each have double-digit touchdown averages. In fact, Johnson's averages kind of took me by surprise; I really expected more production. In truth, 2008 really hurt his averages, but so have injured or down seasons by the others.

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