As shown with earlier entries, the 1970’s may have delivered some great wide receivers but statistically they don’t measure up to the huge numbers put out by the current generation. Drew Pearson was a star in his time, but he his sometimes forgotten due to the time in which he played.
In the mid 70’s Drew Pearson was the Cowboy’s go to receiver and the one they counted on in the clutch. He was a big play receiver and was named to the 1970’s All Decade team and led the league in receiving yards in 1977. Had there been ESPN when he played he would have been a Sunday night staple on Sports Center.
As good as he was, he had been overtaken by the stats later receivers tabulated in the more open game. This could be why someone like Pearson who was considered to be bubble Hall of Fame candidate can not even get on the Semi Finalist list.
The Bullet Points:
Country of Origin: South River, New Jersey, U.S.A.
Eligible Since: 1989
Position: Wide Receiver
Played for: Dallas Cowboys
Drafted: Undrafted in 1973
Major Accolades and Awards: Pro Bowl Selections (3) (1974, 1976 & 1977) First Team All Pro Selection (3) (1974, 1976 & 1977) Second Team All Pro Selection (1) (1975) Most Receiving Yards (1) (1977) Most Receiving Yards/Game (1) (1977) Super Bowl Ring (1) (Dallas Cowboys, Super Bowl XII) NFL 1970’s All Decade Team
Other Points of Note: Top Ten Finishes: Receptions (3) (1974, 1976 & 1977) Top Ten Finishes: Receiving Yards (5) (1974, 1975, 1976, 1977 & 1979) Top Ten Finishes: Receiving Touchdowns (2) (1975 & 1979) Top Ten Finishes: Receiving Yards/Game (3) (1974, 1975, 1977 & 1979)
Notable All Time Rankings: 84. Receiving Yards: 7,822