“Look in the mirror, and don’t be tempted to equate transient domination with either intrinsic superiority or prospects for extended survival.”
—Stephen Jay Gould
The Pro Football Hall of Fame inducted Raymond Berry on July 28, 1973. That moment capped a remarkable career in which he had caught a record six hundred thirty-one passes. He teamed with quarterback Johnny Unitas to form one of the great quarterback-receiver tandems in football history. Together, they led the Baltimore Colts to two National Football League (NFL) championships.1
Berry’s story is remarkable because of the rather unexceptional start to his career.2 In high school, he played for a team coached by his father, yet he did not become a starter ...