You would think that the All-Time Leader in NFL receptions would have been at least been a finalist for the Hall of Fame. Of course, Billy Howton
was the all-time leader when he retired in 1963. He has dropped considerably since then.
Billy Howton was one of the top receivers for the Green Bay Packers throughout the 1950s. He was a constant fixture for years in every receiving category and when he became the all-time leader in receptions and yards he took that slot from the legendary Don Hutson.
A huge force works against him as he was cast off from the Green Bay Packers when the most iconic figure in professional football, Vince Lombardi, arrived in the tundra. Many speculated that if he wasn’t good enough for Lombardi, he can’t possibly be good enough for Canton. That is a very powerful argument.
Should Billy Howton be in the Hall of Fame?
Definitely put him in! - 79.1%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 11.9%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 4.5%