By Bryan Jeon
Keyshawn Johnson has hung up his pads after 11 seasons on several teams after being the top pick in the 1996 draft by the New York Jets. After the Carolina Panthers released their number two receiver in favor of the younger Dwayne Jarrett earlier this month, Johnson decided to call it quits rather than join the Tennessee Titans, where it now appears that they were the only team interested in the receiver. The three-time Pro Bowler made it clear he would not play for little money, but it seems as though he also wasn’t going to play for a team that had no chance of winning the Super Bowl.
Johnson has agreed to a multi-year contract with ESPN and will appear on several telecasts, including pre-game shows on Sunday NFL Countdown and Monday Night Countdown, as well as a new weekly ESPN Radio NFL show hosted by Chris Mortensen and Bill Parcells as an analyst.
He finishes with 814 receptions for 10,571 yards and 64 touchdowns in 167 games. The question now is if those numbers are worthy of him making it into the Hall of Fame.
Johnson is in good company — tied for 15th all-time in receptions (ahead of James Lofton and Michael Irvin and actives Terrell Owens, Torry Holt and Randy Moss) and 23rd in receiving yards. But in my opinion, Keyshawn just doesn’t strike me as a player worthy of football eternity. Don’t get me wrong, he was a consistently, very good receiver but stands just outside the entrance to the Hall.
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