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Hall of Fame quest continues for Tim Brown

Whatever happens on Saturday afternoon in Indianapolis, wide receiver Tim Brown has a plane to catch at 8 p.m. CT. Whether he'll head home as a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame has yet to be determined.

Brown, a Dallas native, is a finalist again after 17 NFL seasons with the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

"You try to keep your life as normal as possible," Brown said.

Brown has the numbers you want to see for a potential Hall of Famer. He's fourth all-time in receiving yards (14,934), fifth in receptions (1,094), fifth in all-purpose yards (19,679) and fifth in punt return yards (3,320). Brown is also tied for sixth in touchdown receptions with 100.

Brown was a nine-time Pro Bowler and played for the Raiders, one of the NFL's premier franchises.

It might not be enough.

Cris Carter and Andre Reed, two excellent receivers who also have fantastic numbers, are also finalists. The trio almost cancel each other out.

"Do we deserve to be in the Hall of Fame? If it's yes, then these men and women [the voters] have to get together and put them in," Brown said. "It has to get done. Just to say, 'You guys cancel each other out' is an easy way out of the deal."

Brown isn't being emotional when he talks about his quest for the Hall. The process frustrates him, and he doesn't like what it's done to family members, who get excited about him being a finalist and then get upset when he doesn't get elected.

In 2010, Brown was driving to a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., convention center thinking he was going to get elected and had to turn around when his name wasn't called.

"That was the worst drive of my life," Brown said.

Last year, Brown was home in Dallas watching the televised selection show alone.

"I thought I was going to get in," he said. "I didn't even make Top 10. It was deflating."

Brown said his 70-year-old mother drooped her shoulders when he didn't get in.

"It's not supposed to be this way," he said. "When you tell the loved ones [you don't get in] and they put their heads down."

He will be in Indy on Saturday, but with a different mindset.

He's headed to Maui for a charity event with the Children's Miracle Network, regardless if his name is called or not.

"You almost have to minimize the efforts of the Hall of Fame," Brown said. "Your emotions are going to get carried away."