3 reasons Andre Johnson should enter the HOF before Anquan Boldin
Andre Johnson didn’t want to leave, but the Texans wanted to move on.
When it comes to the impact that they had on their teams, both were tremendous. Johnson gave the city of Houston something to cheer for and an offensive weapon. Boldin helped the Cardinals reach Super Bowl XLIII, even after his outburst at offensive coordinator Todd Hayley.
Now somewhere with Boldin things got so bad with his contract that he was traded to the Baltimore Ravens, where he did get a ring. The way Boldin left still stings Cardinals fans to this day as the Cardinals organization didn’t get him the contract he wanted.
Meanwhile, Andre Johnson did prolong his time in Houston and was valued enough to even have a role in the organization after he retired. He recently walked away from that role last year, but the point still rings true. Johnson has a place in the team’s ring of honor, Boldin does not.
Correlation does not equal causation, and just because someone isn’t in a ring of honor doesn’t mean that they can’t be in the hall of fame. Yes, Boldin has done lots of work outside of football for charities and other good-natured groups.
This just all goes back to the selection committee and what they’ll look at when considering these very close (in terms of stats) careers. We’ll see what happens down the road, and best of luck to both of these men as they wait to get “the knock”.