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Terrell Owens doesn't care if he makes the Hall of Fame

Terrell Owens spent the weekend in Canton, Ohio, and played in the Hall of Fame game. But the visit doesn’t have Owens thinking about getting a bust in the Hall of Fame himself some day.

In fact, Owens says he doesn’t particularly care if he’s a Hall of Famer.

“If I get in, I get in; if I don’t, I don’t,” Owens said, per USA Today. “It’s not a big deal. I think that the best thing for me is just to really be proud of what I’ve accomplished.”

Owens says that if he’s judged solely by his production on the field, he’s a lock for Canton.

“People they tend to say well, ‘You’re gonna be here one day,’ ” Owens said. “Of course, from a statistics standpoint, then yeah, I’ll be here.”

I’m not so sure that Owens is right about that, though. Cris Carter and Tim Brown both have comparable career statistics to Owens, and the Hall of Fame selection committee voted both Carter and Brown down this year.

The bigger issue, however, is whether Owens’ reputation as a locker room cancer will hurt his chances.

“A lot of people are probably going to bring up reputation, character, things of that nature, and honestly, I could really care less,” Owens said. “I didn’t start start playing this game to get into the Hall of Fame.”

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58 Responses to “Terrell Owens doesn't care if he makes the Hall of Fame”
  1. K-Rock says: Aug 9, 2010 2:18 PM

    Owens knows that the HOF selection process is a complete sham.

  2. Stone says: Aug 9, 2010 2:19 PM

    Didn’t you guys already post this story yesterday? Yawwwwwwwwwn.

  3. brasho says: Aug 9, 2010 2:19 PM

    No, he started “started” playing football because he’s most interested in fostering relationships with teammates that will last a lifetime.

  4. John El Way says: Aug 9, 2010 2:19 PM

    “I could really care less”
    really?, how much less?

  5. Stone says: Aug 9, 2010 2:19 PM

    Oh wait, everyone else on earth did. Well, way to keep up then.

  6. csloan99 says: Aug 9, 2010 2:21 PM

    Already making excuses for not being a Hall of Famer because he knows he’s not worthy.

  7. geo1113 says: Aug 9, 2010 2:25 PM

    Yeh, sure, Terrell.

  8. aimpai says: Aug 9, 2010 2:31 PM

    T.O is a already a lock to the HOF. Maybe not as a first ballot, but he’ll definitely get in.

  9. Igottz5onit says: Aug 9, 2010 2:31 PM

    Good, he shouldn’t be in the HoF anyways.

  10. Citizen Strange says: Aug 9, 2010 2:31 PM

    Oh, I bet those old grapes are sour anyway!

  11. TBRaiders says: Aug 9, 2010 2:32 PM

    I am not a huge T.O. fan, but numbers don’t lie and he is a Hall of Famer.

  12. HooskerDo says: Aug 9, 2010 2:33 PM

    Weird…I was just thinking the same thing.

  13. Krashie21 says: Aug 9, 2010 2:33 PM

    Apparently, he didn’t start playing the game to get a ring either……..

  14. Bwa Ha Ha says: Aug 9, 2010 2:36 PM

    It all depends if he want to pay for the admission ticket.
    He already has been something of a “bust” in four cities, so I guess you could say that he has the “bust” part covered.
    Now, just the price of that ticket, and he will be in that HOF!

  15. HuckNZ says: Aug 9, 2010 2:37 PM

    Comparing Owens to Carter or Brown is nuts. The reason they aren’t in the HoF is that they were both possession guys — they were good players, but the guy who runs a crisp out route just doesn’t have the same impact on the game as the guy who can run amuck through your defense on any given play.
    Over an 8-year stretch, Owens had per-16-game averages of 95 catches, 1407 yards, and 14 TDs.
    Carter and Brown played a combined 28 seasons and only hit that many yards (Brown, 1997) or TDs (Carter, 1995) once. Owens averaged that level for eight years.
    Carter and Brown combined for two All-Pro selections; Owens had five by himself. Look, I hate Owens just as much as any of you, but there’s no denying that he was a dominant game-changing receiver.

  16. Florio-is-a-tool says: Aug 9, 2010 2:41 PM

    Owens suffers from “I broke up with you before you could break up with me” syndrome.

  17. Popeye says: Aug 9, 2010 2:42 PM

    if #’s dont lie, why is Lynn Swann in the HOF? He sucked but got in because of 3 good catches…..SHAM!!!!!!!!!!

  18. Kay Bee says: Aug 9, 2010 2:48 PM

    Anyone who thinks T.O. isn’t a Hall of Famer is a complete moron.

  19. Florio-is-a-tool says: Aug 9, 2010 2:50 PM

    Oh, my mistake; Owens also suffers from “I rejected you before you could reject me” syndrome. Wonder if that’s a problem with Cushing too.

  20. Youngone says: Aug 9, 2010 2:50 PM

    #2 in receiving TD’s. A few solid years and he is in. It doesn’t matter what your name is…

  21. lifelongphinfan says: Aug 9, 2010 2:52 PM

    t.o. says he dont care about the hall because he knows he’s not getting in.

  22. 2000TJ says: Aug 9, 2010 2:52 PM

    “Terrell Owens doesn’t care if he makes the Hall of Fame”
    I don’t think anyone else cares either.

  23. green man says: Aug 9, 2010 2:55 PM

    Whether he cares or not he is a HoF’er…
    Anyone who can’t objectively see he’s one the greatest at his position of all time is a moron.

  24. NDallasruss says: Aug 9, 2010 2:56 PM

    csloan99 says:
    August 9, 2010 2:21 PM
    Already making excuses for not being a Hall of Famer because he knows he’s not worthy.
    ———————————————–
    So, the guy who’ll be 2nd or 3rd in career receiving yards and touchdowns won’t be worthy for the HOF?

  25. Phreakin says: Aug 9, 2010 2:57 PM

    Kay Bee – Couldn’t agree more.
    As a football fan that doesn’t necessarily include T.O., he’s a HoF player the same way Moss will be. The Patriot Moss, not the HGH Moss.

  26. The RBM says: Aug 9, 2010 3:01 PM

    It amazes me how many people believe that players just make statements such as this to reporters for absolutely no reason.

  27. DallasNiner says: Aug 9, 2010 3:03 PM

    Kay Bee says:
    August 9, 2010 2:48 PM
    Anyone who thinks T.O. isn’t a Hall of Famer is a complete moron.
    Exactly. He’s a lock and was much more dominate than Carter or Tim Brown

  28. Igottz5onit says: Aug 9, 2010 3:05 PM

    If you just look at numbers Owens probably gets in. What you have to look at is how he contributed to his team’s success. A player who has a hundred catches for 2000 yards a season isn’t crap if in doing so he ensures the destruction and failure of his team what fameworthy achievement has he really accomplished? Owens only really had one year where his team almost won a ring (Philly 04). I think it will be a surprise if he gets in on the first ballot but I ca see him making it in on a weak year.

  29. Kaz says: Aug 9, 2010 3:05 PM

    Maybe he should have gotten arrested a couple times, or had a substance abuse problem, used steroids and got suspended so that his character wouldn’t be called into question.
    No arrest, addictions, illegal substance abuse = bad character, no Hall of Fame.

  30. jamaltimore says: Aug 9, 2010 3:07 PM

    The guy who only care’s about ME doesn’t CARE if HE gets in the HOF? Sure. They guy had a great career and would have been a first ballot hall of famer if he wasn’t such an idiot. May even have a superbowl ring or two but he’d rather be a star of his own reality show!

  31. Maddog says: Aug 9, 2010 3:11 PM

    HuckNZ says:
    August 9, 2010 2:37 PM
    Comparing Owens to Carter or Brown is nuts. The reason they aren’t in the HoF is that they were both possession guys — they were good players, but the guy who runs a crisp out route just doesn’t have the same impact on the game as the guy who can run amuck through your defense on any given play.
    Over an 8-year stretch, Owens had per-16-game averages of 95 catches, 1407 yards, and 14 TDs.
    ———————————————-
    what 8 year stretch are you talking about? I just looked up his numbers and he’s never met those averages for any of the three categories in any 8 year stretch.

  32. dabarber says: Aug 9, 2010 3:11 PM

    He’s a lock–especially if he plays 2-3 more seasons and puts up halfway decent stats.

  33. Maddog says: Aug 9, 2010 3:12 PM

    HuckNZ says:
    August 9, 2010 2:37 PM
    Comparing Owens to Carter or Brown is nuts. The reason they aren’t in the HoF is that they were both possession guys — they were good players, but the guy who runs a crisp out route just doesn’t have the same impact on the game as the guy who can run amuck through your defense on any given play.
    Over an 8-year stretch, Owens had per-16-game averages of 95 catches, 1407 yards, and 14 TDs.
    ———————————————-
    what 8 year stretch are you talking about? I just looked up his numbers and he’s never met those averages for any of the three categories in any 8 year stretch.

  34. Joe says: Aug 9, 2010 3:20 PM

    dude is to selfish to deserve such an honor…

  35. BucHater says: Aug 9, 2010 3:30 PM

    Thats because its the Hall of Fame … not hall of SHAME … aside from your numbers you are a POS in the world of football … more worried about yourself and how much media attention you can get then anything else … you have done nothing but piss off every team you have ever played for and never accepted any of the blame when things go wrong. I can’t wait for you and your sideshow friend (ocho) .. to botch this like both of you have done with everything else. I wouldn’t even deam you worthy enought to be the TP that whipes Jerry Rice’s ass .. a true H.O.F. .. a true player of the game … a person that put his , Team, Teammates, and FANS above anything that he was doing … Hopefully you meet some crazy bitch on your joke of a “reality” show and she makes you her bitch like you “try” to do to everyone else.

  36. Yash says: Aug 9, 2010 3:34 PM

    any mongloid who says he doesn’t get in becaus eof his locker room antics should be slapped across the face.
    numbers have to get him in, along with the fact that he revolutionized the position, otherwise the HOF is a complete joke. He’s a threat to score every time he touches the ball. If Michael Irvin gets in with all his baggage and serious drug habits, but they don’t let TO in because he pissed off a few players along the way then the busts in Canton should be melted down to bullets and handed out to each HOF voter along with a gun. And i for one HATE T.O.

  37. db3300 says: Aug 9, 2010 3:43 PM

    If the definition of who is a HOFer is what they’ve done on the field, then you have to include the on-field arguments, the low-class behavior, and the cancer he spreads every time he does one of these things. Everyone has always said it’s what happens on the field and if you’re thumbing your nose at the wrong people during the game, you have to live and die by it.

  38. dvdman says: Aug 9, 2010 3:49 PM

    Well the good thing is he’ll never have to worry about being in the Hall Of Fame anyway because it’s not going to happen anyway.

  39. The Black Cat says: Aug 9, 2010 3:51 PM

    How can you be a hall of fame receiver when you can’t catch the football?

  40. The Black Cat says: Aug 9, 2010 3:53 PM

    Hall of Fame speech excerpt: “Just imagine how incredible my numbers could have been if I had played just one season with a decent NFL quarterback….”

  41. LvSteelersH8Ben says: Aug 9, 2010 3:58 PM

    T.O. not a Hall Of Famer? CHILD PLEASE……1
    I couldnt resist. Those that say he is not, just dont like him. Since when do you have to be liked to be a Hall Of Famer? Funny T.O. is a cancer but Brett Favre isnt? Favre gets a pass but T.O. gets crucified.
    Dont forget Farve threw Javon Walker or Donald Driver under the bus while holding out but thats ok. I believe it was Driver.
    Look how Favre has jerked around the Packers, Jets and Vikings the past 4 seasons. But no HE’S not a cancer.

  42. favrecansuckit says: Aug 9, 2010 4:00 PM

    Kay Bee says:
    August 9, 2010 2:48 PM
    Anyone who thinks T.O. isn’t a Hall of Famer is a complete moron.
    ——————————————————–
    This.

  43. Phenom says: Aug 9, 2010 4:13 PM

    John El Way,
    I was beginning to think I was the only one that gets annoyed when someone says “I could care less” instead of the correct “I couldn’t care less”.
    BTW, TO should be a shoo-in for the hall of fame by his numbers alone. He is/was a better player than Tim Brown.

  44. Real Football Fan says: Aug 9, 2010 4:17 PM

    He’ll get in eventually, but it just will further show the farce that the Hall of Fame is when he has to wait a few years. I mean, when Michael Irvin doesn’t go in right away, it calls into question the credibility of the organization, while Troy Aikman (who never threw for over 20 TD’s in a season during the passing era) and Steve Young (with only about 5 good years of football) go in without any questions. You have to question exactly what those people are evaluating.
    Whatever it is that rubs you wrong about Owens, he was among the league’s best on the field for about 10 years. same goes for Randy Moss. Those personal feelings about whether you like a guy has no place in these discussions. My criteria for any receiver with good numbers is the yards per catch stat. He was always around 15 ypc regardless of the offense that he was playing in, which is pretty amazing.

  45. ninjapleazee says: Aug 9, 2010 4:17 PM

    of course you wouldn’t care cuz there’s no way in hell you’ll make it in

  46. shawnc16 says: Aug 9, 2010 4:34 PM

    HuckNZ says:
    August 9, 2010 2:37 PM
    Over an 8-year stretch, Owens had per-16-game averages of 95 catches, 1407 yards, and 14 TDs.
    ———————————-
    In 14 Seasons:
    Owens has had 95 receptions or more twice in his career.
    He has had 1400 yards or better twice.
    And he has had at least 14 tds 4 times.
    Lets not inflate his numbers, He has been a great player at times and I can’t say he shouldn’t be in the Hall of Fame but he is not a lock, based on the numbers of guys who aren’t in yet.

  47. VoxVagina says: Aug 9, 2010 4:35 PM

    Well he had the production to get in, but I can’t figure out which team would want him. The 49ers? Definitely not the Eagles, Cowboys, Bills, or Bengals. But I can’t see T.O. to being enshrined as a 49er for some reason

  48. parasonic says: Aug 9, 2010 4:52 PM

    Anyone of the above that says TO isn’t a HOFer is a lock to be 50+ and thinks that any sports HOFer must be Cal Ripkin or Tony Gwynn. Stop being so close minded and stfu. TO is in and notice that the only receiver with more TDs than him is Jerry Rice. Therefore he deserves to be in. If Michael Irvin gets in with his coke habit and push offs based on his team’s legacy and Lynn Swann gets in based on amazing post season catches but Marino gets in (not arguing obviously) based on freakish numbers especially in his era, then TO is a lock.
    I just had this argument with my 55 year old father who made a comment about how chad johnson (that’s right, johnson) and TO were terrible for the league. And I had to point out TO’s numbers and how they’ve had no run ins with the law etc. Old timers just focus on the media and are blind to real numbers. It’s not the 1980’s NFL so get over it. And the practice squad of the Lions would dominate most teams from the 70’s and 80’s so get with the times.

  49. The Hogster says: Aug 9, 2010 4:58 PM

    In order for the Hall of Fame to maintain the credibility it has, people like T.O. have to get in. It’s based on football, period.
    Media dorks insert too much personal preference, and emotion into an honor that should be based on pure football. It’s almost as ridiculous as giving fans equal say in the NBA All Star Game.

  50. Pack_Attack says: Aug 9, 2010 5:07 PM

    Good neither do I.

  51. Ram_Country says: Aug 9, 2010 5:23 PM

    TO has always been about TO. We’ll hear from him if he’s passed over a couple times.

  52. Ty Redofbuck says: Aug 9, 2010 5:33 PM

    If you don’t think Terrell Owens is a hall of fame receiver, you need to question your knowledge of football.
    He will be in the top 5 the three major receiving statistical categories when he finishes his career and can play at a high level at the age of 36.
    Oh, and despite the grumblings that he’s a quarterback killer and coach killer. Jeff Garcia and Steve Mariucci aren’t exactly hall of fame worthy, neither are Donovan McNabb and Andy Reid, neither are Wade Phillips and Tony Romo.
    My point. He makes the coaches and quarterbacks he’s playing with better. He makes his team better and he makes whatever offense he’s in tremendously better. He sets a great example for others in his work ethic and has been a great mentor for a lot of receivers like Sam Hurd, James Hardy, Miles Austin, Chad Ochocinco and countless others.
    Say what you want about the way he handles himself with the media. But the guy is a pro, and a hall of fame pro at that.

  53. trademcscab says: Aug 9, 2010 5:44 PM

    HOF selection is nothing but a jury………a bunch of Mike Florios voting for whoever they liked the most……..sports journalists suck the fans should be the one voting anyway the only reason the NFL exists and the HOF exist is because we spend money on the shit…without us they would be nothing but another american bankrupt business

  54. purplepuzzyeatrz says: Aug 9, 2010 5:54 PM

    OWENS = HOF
    VIKINGS FAN ALL THE WAY…… LOVE CHRIS CARTER!!!!
    TIM BROWN WAS A STUD TOO….
    I ACTUALLY DONT REALLY FIND T.O. THAT ANNOYING…AS A FAN, HE IS ENTERTAINING. LOOK AT T.O. AND SAY, MARVIN HARRISON IN COMPARISON. HARRISON WAS QUIET, AND ARGUABLY ONE OF THE BEST…
    BUT AS A FAN, HE WAS NOT EXCITING TO WATCH OR LISTEN TO, UNTIL HE WAS INVOLVED IN A SHOOTING OUTSIDE A BAR.
    T.O. HAS DONE ALOT FOR THE GAME OF FOOTBALL. AS DID CHAD JOHNSON, AND RANDY MOSS.
    SO LIKE HIM, HATE HIM, FAN OR NOT..
    HIS NUMBERS ALONE ARE HOF WORTHLY & HE WAS DEFINATELY FUN TO WATCH TOO

  55. lieutenant Dan's Ice Cream says: Aug 9, 2010 6:06 PM

    Is this even an argument?
    TO is a top 5 receiver, of any NFL era. If scrubs like Swann got in and total clowns/tools with far inferior numbers like Irvin got in, TO is in on the first ballot.
    Was he a Rice or Largent type of team player and leader? No, buts its the hall of fame, not hall of team spirit.

  56. antdam30 says: Aug 9, 2010 6:26 PM

    So Tim Brown and Cris Carter don’t get voted in but Floyd Little, who doesn’t even have 7,000 career rushing yards, is voted in? Obviously the system is flawed.
    If character traits are a credential for the HOF, then Owens should certainly get in when people who have committed crimes (think Jim Brown, Irvin, LT) are already in. Off the field, Owens is a model citizen.

  57. HuckNZ says: Aug 9, 2010 7:34 PM

    @maddog and shawnc16
    I said “per-16-game averages”, not per season.
    The 8-season-stretch I was referring to was 2000-2007. He was banged up a lot, playing 14 or 15 games in most of those seasons, so he didn’t average 95-1407-14 per season, but that is his average per 16 games.
    Carter and Brown were healthier than Owens; neither of them missed any games in their primes, so their per-16-game averages and their season averages were the same. But unless you want to argue that Owens doesn’t belong in the HoF because he missed a game or two in several seasons, I think you’ll have to admit that in his prime he was much more feared than either of them.

  58. Drafty says: Aug 9, 2010 8:49 PM

    Krashie21 wins. Makes the most sense in succinct, cutting fashion. Kudos.
    On the ass end of the spectrum, Purplepuzzyeatrz also wins. For shouting, misspelling numerous words, and generally sounding like a dips**t.

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