I have to tip my cap to Bolt Beat contributor Steven Haglund, who first said that Vincent Jackson is a Hall of Fame-caliber player over Julian Edelman. Steven is absolutely right, if Edelman gets it then it is sad that Jackson did not get in himself.
It is probably the right decision to keep Jackson out of the Hall of Fame but he certainly has a better case than Edelman. Sure, Edelman has the playoff numbers, but Jackson would have had just as good, if not better, playoff numbers if he benefitted from playing with Tom Brady for a decade-plus.
Jackson has over 2,000 more receiving yards than Edelman, 19 more touchdowns and had a much better prime. Jackson had six seasons over 1,000 receiving yards in his career and had one of the most dominant primes in recent NFL history.
He got hurt in 2010 and that hurts his overall run but from 2009 to 2014 he was nothing short of elite. He had over 1,000 receiving yards in each of those seasons besides 2010 and averaged over 1,110 yards in those years.
Jackson is ranked 63rd all-time in receiving yards, which might not seem that high, but is higher than other Hall of Famers. He has more receiving yards than Charley Taylor, Fred Biletnikoff and John Stalworth.
The game was much different when those guys played, but you get the point.