37. Harold Carmichael

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37.  Harold Carmichael
At 6’ 8, we were not sure how anybody watching Philadelphia Eagles games could ever miss Harold Carmichael, no matter how bad their television was.  Luckily for those same fans, Eagles Quarterbacks didn’t miss him either.

Harold Carmichael was a sure handed receiver for over a decade.  He had a magical 1973 campaign where he led the league in receptions and receiving yards.  Although he never duplicated those stats, he would twice more hit the 1,000 yard mark.  Carmichael was one of the game’s all time clutch Wide Receivers and he was the man who you expected to penetrate the end zone for the Eagles.  A whopping thirteen percent of his catches were for touchdowns, and remember this is someone who is firmly entrenched in the top one hundred all time in receptions.

As a member of the 1970’s All Decade team, Harold Carmichael would not be out of place in Canton, but as of now, he has yet to be named as a finalist.  If it doesn’t happen soon, it won’t happen at all.

Should Harold Carmichael be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 84.8%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 10.6%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 2.6%
No opinion. - 0.7%
No way! - 1.3%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Monday, 01 January 1990
  • Position: Wide Receiver
  • Played For: Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles
  • College: Southern
  • Drafted: 7th Round, 161st Overall in 1971
  • Major Accolades and Awards: Pro Bowl Selections (4) (1973, 1978, 1979 & 1980)
    Second Team All Pro Selection (2) (1973 & 1979)
    Most Receptions (1) (1973)
    Most Receiving Yards (1) (1973)
    Most Receiving Yards/Game (1) (1973)
    NFL 1970’s All Decade Team
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten Finishes: Receptions (2) (1973 & 1994)
    Top Ten Finishes: Receiving Yards (2) (1973 & 1978)
    Top Ten Finishes: Receiving Touchdowns (8) (1973, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980 & 1982)
    Top Ten Finishes: Receiving Yards/Game (2) (1973 & 1978)
    Top Ten Finishes: Touchdowns (1) (1973)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 28. Receiving Touchdowns: 79
    62. Receiving Yards: 8,985
    64. Touchdowns: 79
    80. Receptions: 590

Should Harold Carmichael be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 84.8%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 10.6%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 2.6%
No opinion. - 0.7%
No way! - 1.3%
Last modified on Saturday, 26 October 2019 14:53


+1 #2 Johnny Edwards 2014-05-25 23:26
Your argument would have been more creditabl
If you compared him to players of his era. Unfortunatel y Carmichael didn't play with a Super Bowl caliber organization or with other great players most of his career. Early in his career he had likes of Pete Liske, John Reves, and Roman Gabriel in the twilight of his career. Not until Ron Jaworski came to the Eagles did he
have any semblance of quality at the

Quarterback position. Unlike Lynn Swann, John
Stalworth and Fred Bilitnokoft he didn't win a
Super Bowl; however, his career statistics far exceed anything Lynn Swann and Fred Bilitnokoft ever did and best Stalworth marks. Carmichael didn't play with Ken Stabler or Terry Bradshaw and yet he played at a higher level than most his contemporari es. There is no other
player that played during his era that had such high production. In the era of the running game
when the rules favored the defense. Please don't
be a sybermetrics geek do your homework and
compare the era the player performed in then
ask the question did he dominate his
competition. Did teams game plan against the
player. Was the player able to still have success
despite the increased attention to contain him. It is not whether he deserves to be in the HOF. Durability allowed him to play in a tough time for receiving. Over the middle, outside and deep down the field, Carmichael could beat you.
0 #1 Matt Bird 2013-06-25 01:01
I did a writeup on another site about tall receivers that I'll summarize here, just going to show how impressive Carmichael's accomplishme nts were for a man of his size.

I found that 3.6% of productive receivers (I had a whole formula for what that meant that I won't bore you with) in the Super Bowl era are 6-4 or taller, compared to .8% of the general population. However, only .1% was over 6-5, exactly one player. Harold Carmichael. Height is an advantage at receiver, it seems, but only to a point.

I still don't think he's HOF-caliber, but his achievements are impressive for a guy with such a tall frame.

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