Oh, come ON.
ESPN's Page 2 is doing something I generally love - making silly lists, filled with predictions.
This one is guessing which active NFL players will make the Hall of Fame. Some obvious names start the list - Brett Favre, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Jonathan Ogedn, Ray Lewis... and then, there is this entry:
21. Shawne Merriman
Merriman possesses an unparalleled combination of size and speed, evoking memories of a young Lawrence Taylor. But in addition to the risk of injury, which any player faces, there is also the specter of last season's four-game steroid suspension. Will he test positive for performance enhancers again and have his reputation permanently tarnished? Or will he test clean from now on and have the episode blow over like with Julius Peppers in 2002? With the prospect of playing against the Raiders twice a season for the rest of his career, it's not difficult to imagine Merriman ranking among the career sacks leaders someday.
Bold and italics mine. Um...aren't we being a bit premature here? The dude has played for TWO YEARS, one of which - as noted - he got busted for roids. The list of guys who looked like surefire Hallof Famers at that point in their career is pretty damn long. The odds of Merriman either getting hurt or in more trouble with the law is significantly higher than his chances of being the alltime sacks leader.
I started this post before I'd read the whole article, and was going to make a joke about, hey...why not put Reggie Bush on this list?
34. Reggie Bush
Reggie Bush isn't going to barge his way to NFL stardom as a bruising, between-the-tackles bully in the Earl Campbell mold. That's no secret. But Bush's agility, speed and soft hands make him one of the most explosive players in the league. His 88 receptions last season are the third-most by a rookie in NFL history and the most ever by a rookie running back. Teamed with an offensive core of Drew Brees, Marques Colston and Deuce McAllister in New Orleans, it's not difficult to imagine Bush getting the chance to play for a Super Bowl ring in the near future.
Wait...he had the THIRD most receptions as a rookie...ever? He might PLAY for a Super Bowl ring sometime in the future? Well, start working on his Canton bust now, silly!
I like Reggie Bush as a football player, and as a fantasy football player. But he's played one year in the league. If you can't find 50 active players who have a more sizable tenure...MAKE THE LIST SHORTER.