Originally Posted by 76Texan
AJ only needs 9 more to catch up with HOF Art Monk.
Give him another year, and it is quite feasible.
Art Monk played in a different era, one that was not pass happy. It is a fallacy to compare stats from different eras, especially the current one where rules obviously favor offense.
When you have a guy like Nick Foles tying 40+ year old records with 7 touchdowns in a game, it is rather obvious that today's game is fundamentally different. Heck, receivers aren't even scared to go across the middle anymore like the old days. That is a foundational shift in the game and what defenses are allowed (and not allowed) to do now.
As far as AJ in the HoF, I'd like it as a Texans fan. However, if you study trends with Hall of Fame voting, it is clear that voters are slow to put receivers in. Cris Carter waited through six years of voting before finally getting the vote. Other WRs like Andre Reed (7 time finalist) and Tim Brown (4 time finalist) continue to wait. Then we still have Marvin Harrison coming up for eligibility, and all signs point to a long wait for him, as well. (In the not too distant future - before AJ retires probably - we have Isaac Bruce, Torry Holt, Terrell Owens, and Randy Moss, among others).
AJ is going to have to wait to get in, no doubt about it. This first ballot HoF talk is nice, but it's not realistic based on HoF voting history.