TMZ might just be the greatest new source for Pro Football Hall of Fame news…or at least for former players stating their case for enshrinement. The latest is Chris Johnson, the former Running Back who told TMZ that he certainly belongsat a launch party for his supplement company in Nashville.
Johnson stated that he was a Hall of Famer “for sure” and he was the “fastest guy that ever played in the NFL”. He also added that he hoped the Hall will “do the right thing”.
Johnson’s first three seasons in the National Football League was phenomenal as the then Tennessee Titan was named to the Pro Bowl and in his second year, he was a First Team All-Pro that led the league in Rushing Yards with 2,006 and was named the AP Offensive Player of the Year. Johnson was not a Pro Bowler after 2010, but in his next three seasons with Tennessee he still rushed for over 1,000 Yards. In his final four seasons he played for the New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals. He retired with 9,651 Rushing Yards with 50 TDs, which he complimented with another 2,255 Receiving Yards. These are good numbers but in the modern era a Running Back that does not at least hit 10,000 Rushing Yards and more than one dominant season will struggle to see their bust in Canton.
The former Running Back is eligible for the Hall in 2023 and frankly he will be very lucky to become even a Semi-Finalist. The Pro Football Hall of Fame is loaded and relative to the number of players who compete and the size of the Hall it is incredibly difficult to gain admission.
Johnson is not likely to gain a gold jacket, but this one hell of a player who should always be celebrated in the state of Tennessee.
As always, we here at Notinhalloffame.com will be paying attention!