Andre Johnson now eligible for Hall of Fame

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One of the greatest Houston Texans players, Andre Johnson, is eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame for the first time.

Could this finally be the Houston Texans first member of the Hall of Fame? Andre Johnson is the franchise leader in receiving yards with 13,597 yards and 64 touchdowns. When his two seasons with the Colts and Titans are added in, that number creeps up to 14,185 yards and 70 touchdowns which is good enough for 11th all-time in terms of yards.

Taken with the third overall pick of the 2003 NFL draft, the University of Miami product had seven 1,000 yard seasons. Included during his tenure were 7 Pro Bowl and 2 All-Pro selections. Johnson’s best seasons came in 2008 and 2009, where he went bonkers averaging almost 100 yards per game and posting back-to-back 1,500 yard campaigns.

It would give a lot of Texans fans some closure as arguably their greatest offensive player in team history never got a ring. A hall of fame ring would most likely be traded for a championship ring, but that hall of gold jackets and bronze busts is such an exclusive club. That itself is one of the ultimate questions in sports.

Another wide receiver gets on the ballot with Andre Johnson for the first time

Anquan Boldin, who was picked in the second round of the 2003 draft by the Arizona Cardinals is also eligible for the first time. Will both Johnson and Boldin go in together, or does one have more of a case than the other? That’s an entirely different article, but that’s pretty rare you see two nominees from the same draft.

As of right now, I don’t see why Andre Johnson can’t be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. He helped contribute to the franchise’s first-ever postseason win and countless great catches along the way to cap a 14-year career.

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Let’s hope the selection committee gets it right and puts Johnson where he belongs- in the hall.