Tim Brown caught balls over the middle in an era when wide receivers didn't go over the middle. Brown played WR before the NFL outlawed playing defense. There were no "hit a defenseless receiver penalties" in his era. They also didn't call pass interference every time a defender farted in his general direction. Even through that, Brown finished in the top 5 or top 10 in every meaningful statistic for a WR....mostly with shitty QB's throwing him the ball. Jay Schroeder? Vince Evans? Rich Gannon? Its a joke he's not in the HOF. Why is it his fault that Peyton Manning was on the Colts?
....and don't even get me started on Bettis. Maybe these writers should spend a year taking 300 carries straight up the middle to appreciate what Bettis has done.