During his playing days, former NFL running back Corey Dillon was consistently one of the very best players at his position. He was rewarded for his efforts by earning four trips to the Pro Bowl as well as a Super Bowl title back in 2004. However, Dillon doesn’t seem to think he’s being properly respected when it comes to his legacy. In a recent interview on the Bengals Beat Podcast, Dillon discussed why he thinks he should be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
“I am who I am. My numbers are what they are. I don’t know if I have to go on TV to politic this thing. It seems like that’s where this thing is going where you have to go and get a job on one of these networks. I don’t think that’s the right way of going about it. Somebody should be able to just sit there and look at these numbers and say, you know what, this guy is legit.”
Dillon spent a decade in the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals and New England Patriots. He rushed for 11,241 yards in that span, which ranks 20th on the league’s all-time rushing list. One of his best seasons came in 2004, which was his first year in New England. Dillon racked up a career-high 1,635 rushing yards with 13 total touchdowns for the eventual Super Bowl champs.
Dillon added that, based on numbers, he belongs in Canton.
“I’m just bringing up this guy football wise, nothing else, nothing whatsoever. You’ve got O.J. Simpson in the Hall of Fame and my numbers are better than his. Why can’t I be there is my question? What validates him being there and I don’t. I’m not talking about his transgressions off the field, that’s on him.”
Simpson ranks 21st on the league’s all-time rushing list.