Kryk: Wistert, Pearson and how deeply it hurts when Canton doesn't call

Clark Judge

When the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Wednesday announced its Centennial Class for 2020, you saw the joy it brought to inductees like wide receiver Harold Carmichael and safety Donnie Shell. Both were guests on the NFL Network, and both were overwhelmed.

"I'm numb," said Carmichael.

But it also brought disappointment and sadness to others, most notably wide receiver Drew Pearson. He thought he was going to make it and had TV cameras present in his living room. When he didn’t he was crushed.

“They broke my heart,” he said.

He wasn’t alone, and the *Toronto Sun’*s John Kryk chronicled how deep the last cut went for Pearson … and, more notably, someone he got to know several years ago: Former Eagles’ tackle Al Wistert. He was another expected to reach Canton Wednesday, and he was another who did not.

Wistert no longer is alive. He died in 2016. But that doesn’t lessen the pain he would’ve felt and the pain of those who knew him. Kryk tells us why the last cut was the deepest, and it’s worth a read:


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