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Jason Taylor: “T.O. deserves to be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame”

HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05:  Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Jason Taylor looks on prior to Super Bowl 51 between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) Getty Images

New Pro Football Hall of Famer Jason Taylor is disappointed that Terrell Owens won’t be with him on enshrinement day in Canton.

Taylor said this morning on PFT Live that he’s baffled that Owens wasn’t selected.

“I don’t get it,” Taylor said. “His numbers, football wise? Come on. He stacks up for sure. He can wreck your team on Sunday. His all-time numbers stand and show he’s one of the top receivers and I think a Pro Football Hall of Famer. People have different agendas, people have different opinions. The people who have the votes are the ones who matter, and for whatever reason, they keep — I don’t want to say picking on T.O., but they keep beating him up a little bit for some of the off-the-field stuff, the distractions, he’s left teams and all this stuff.”

Taylor said from what he’s heard, Owens wasn’t the disruptive presence that people made him out to be.

“I was talking to Jerry Jones a little bit about it and he said the same thing: T.O. was great in Dallas,” Taylor said. “He understands T.O., he got T.O., and T.O. deserves to be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and he wasn’t these things that some people are saying. It’s a shame, I hate to see it, it’s disappointing because his on-field play was so amazing. But sometimes the things we say or do off the field rub people wrong and unfortunately people hold that against him.”

Taylor said that great football players can sometimes be difficult people, but that doesn’t mean they’re not good teammates. Owens, in Taylor’s view, was a player whose greatness easily overshadows his sometimes difficult personality.

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47 Responses to “Jason Taylor: “T.O. deserves to be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame””
  1. jimnaizeeum says: Feb 9, 2017 8:21 AM

    And Jason Taylor does not.

  2. greenlargo says: Feb 9, 2017 8:27 AM

    I never minded him. But I never worked with him so I cant speak to that side of the story.

  3. ctiggs says: Feb 9, 2017 8:30 AM

    Hey Packers fans do you remember the pass from Steve Young to Terrell Owens that turned him into T.O. ? I sure do #NobodyhasitbetterthanUS #TObelongsintheHOF

  4. kcchefs58 says: Feb 9, 2017 8:33 AM

    His numbers are there. No PEDs issues to inflate those numbers. That should be all that matters.

  5. insider7 says: Feb 9, 2017 8:34 AM

    So now the criteria for getting into the Hall of Fame is whether people like you? The numbers no longer matter?

    This is not some cheesy game show on cable TV where the only thing that matters is one’s popularity. It’s the NFL Hall of Fame where one’s career achievements in the game matter.

    It looks like the entire process for selecting members to the Hall of Fame has become warped needs to be completely revamped. What about “the integrity of the process”?

  6. rodgerstonelson says: Feb 9, 2017 8:41 AM

    T.O should have made it before Jason Taylor.

  7. tv426 says: Feb 9, 2017 8:49 AM

    Numbers are one thing. But TO was a team cancer, for every team he played for, in a team game.

    It isn’t hard to understand why he wasn’t voted in.

  8. phinatic29 says: Feb 9, 2017 8:56 AM

    Terrell Davis being voted in and Terrell Owens not being voted in means the the pro football HOF has no credibility.

  9. exhelodrvr says: Feb 9, 2017 9:09 AM

    If Charles Haley made it, with all his issues in the locker room, T.O. ought to be a shoo-in.

  10. whywerule says: Feb 9, 2017 9:17 AM

    insider7 says:
    Feb 9, 2017 8:34 AM
    So now the criteria for getting into the Hall of Fame is whether people like you?…

    Working for NFL Network helps too.

    T.O. deserved in more than any of the modern era players that were elected this year.

  11. factschecker says: Feb 9, 2017 9:17 AM

    To me, Jerry Jones getting in and Jimmy Johnson being left out of the HOF seems like a crime against humanity.

  12. nhpats says: Feb 9, 2017 9:22 AM

    phinatic29 says:
    Feb 9, 2017 8:56 AM
    Terrell Davis being voted in and Terrell Owens not being voted in means the the pro football HOF has no credibility.

    ——————

    This

  13. classclown71 says: Feb 9, 2017 9:31 AM

    I’m still trying to figure out how Jason Taylor got in…
    I mean, he was a good player, but not a great one.

  14. streetyson says: Feb 9, 2017 9:32 AM

    Do you know how many players and staffers were inducted into the English soccer and English rugby Halls of Fame this year? Zero. Because these biggest, oldest two leagues in the world don’t bother with this nonsense.

  15. mogogo1 says: Feb 9, 2017 9:42 AM

    He deserves it and would get in eventually. Real concern now is that TO has torpedoed his chances by griping about it. That really shouldn’t make a difference but we all know it does.

  16. higgy1 says: Feb 9, 2017 9:50 AM

    I do not know the ins and outs of TOs career. To me to get into the HOF you should be the greatest of the great. They water it down every year. Guess what some years there may not be any players deserving of the hall but they pick some anyway. Its kind of like the probowl nowadays a name event. Just my opinion

  17. wannabear says: Feb 9, 2017 9:53 AM

    HE SHOULD BE IN THERE PERIOD. PLEASE DO THE RIGHT THING.

  18. jssebastian2014 says: Feb 9, 2017 9:54 AM

    Jason Taylor getting in before TO was like Jethro Tull winning Best Heavy Metal grammy over Metallica (yes, it happened)

  19. scoreatwill says: Feb 9, 2017 9:59 AM

    Well Jason, since they take the maximum allowed every year (unlike baseball) who do you want to take out in order to allow him in?

  20. kemp13 says: Feb 9, 2017 10:13 AM

    Says the guy who inexplicably got in his first time, while more deserving players like Joe Jacoby wait and wait and wait.

  21. Kingmj4891 says: Feb 9, 2017 10:20 AM

    TO should have made it before everyone else in the class except for Morten Andersen.

    But we have at least 3 players in the class that have no business at all being there

    Terrell Davis – too short a career 95-01, great player not a HOFer
    Kenny Easley – too short a career 81-87, good player, nothing special
    Kurt Warner – Great in 1999, 2001 and 2008, rest of his career was average in between we he could not even be a starter.

  22. gpclaw says: Feb 9, 2017 10:24 AM

    “Well Jason, since they take the maximum allowed every year (unlike baseball) who do you want to take out in order to allow him in?”

    Morten Anderson?
    LaDanian Tomlinson?
    Kurt Warner?
    Jason Taylor?

    Second all time in receiving yards
    Third all time in receiving TD’s
    Eight all time in receptions

    Who cares about personality. The guy is one of the most productive players in the history of the league.

  23. pau49ers says: Feb 9, 2017 10:31 AM

    He’ll get in next year.

  24. electricboogalo says: Feb 9, 2017 10:35 AM

    ctiggs says:
    Feb 9, 2017 8:30 AM

    Hey Packers fans do you remember the pass from Steve Young to Terrell Owens that turned him into T.O. ? I sure do #NobodyhasitbetterthanUS #TObelongsintheHOF
    ———————————————————-
    Remember when Jerry Rice fumbled on that drive and Packers recovered but the refs ruled him down? Coaches challenges and instant replay was brought back the following year.

  25. joetoronto says: Feb 9, 2017 10:44 AM

    This was a tremendously weak list, completely pathetic what they’ve done to the HOF.

  26. alltee says: Feb 9, 2017 10:55 AM

    T.O. never committed a single crime, he may have been a distraction for owners but that shouldnt negate his undebatable hall of fame career when on the field.

    he was fined several times for his conurbations and many owners and league officials didn’t approve of that. they should all come to the realisation that T.O. and all his celbrations were great for the game and made for some exciting T.V. the fines he accumulated should negate all his locker room trouble once people understand that he improved the game.

    get your popcorn ready, sharpie, taking a nap, using pompoms, standing on the cowboys star….

    oh and dont forget an outstanding game in the Superbowl with a broken ankle

    hi might have been disliked in locker rooms, and had some issues but his stats are beyond hall of fame worthy and he made the nfl better and more exciting.

    shame on the voters, and im not a fan of any team T.O. ever played on

  27. patfanken says: Feb 9, 2017 10:56 AM

    It is almost incomprehensible that TO isn’t in and Jerry Jones is in. But what do you expect. Look at who votes them in. The MEDIOTS – the same narcisistic ego driven, it’s all about me, group of individuals who often have their own agendas to deal with.

    BTW- I have yet to hear a decent explanation of why Jones got in. Exactly what were his contributions? Having the best party bus? Extracting the most public money, while building the most ostentatious stadium? Gettin on TV the most?

  28. sumkat says: Feb 9, 2017 11:00 AM

    Yeah he does

    You do not

    Taylor was good, there was never a time where he was the best at his position, but somehow he is first ballot? By far the biggest joke in Canton this year, much worse than TO getting snubbed

  29. sumkat says: Feb 9, 2017 11:03 AM

    streetyson says:
    Feb 9, 2017 9:32 AM
    Do you know how many players and staffers were inducted into the English soccer and English rugby Halls of Fame this year? Zero. Because these biggest, oldest two leagues in the world don’t bother with this nonsense.

    __________________

    Can you say that in German? No? Than all I want to hear from you is “thank you”

  30. granadafan says: Feb 9, 2017 11:11 AM

    I couldn’t stand TO and all his grandstanding, media whoring, situps in the driveway, etc, though I loved him with the 49ers until his true personality came out. That said, he never took plays off, worked hard, and produced. Put him in the Hall.

  31. alltee says: Feb 9, 2017 11:16 AM

    patfanken says:
    Feb 9, 2017 10:56 AM

    BTW- I have yet to hear a decent explanation of why Jones got in. Exactly what were his contributions? Having the best party bus? Extracting the most public money, while building the most ostentatious stadium? Gettin on TV the most?

    ========================================

    im a pats fan and dont even like jerry jones. but either you know nothing about the nfl or you are 20 years old or younger and just really are clueless to the history of teh nfl

    It was Jones who stonewalled the proposed financial rebates to the television networks in 1992 when CBS and NBC pleaded poverty. Jones got Fox involved and instead of returning $238 million to the networks through rebates, the next TV contract scored a $790 million increase. That 1994 TV contract was worth $4.39 billion. Three contracts later, it’s worth $44.5 billion. That money has driven the salary cap from $34 million in 1994 to $155 million in 2016.

    The stadium revenue streams that Jones introduced in the mid-1990s also have contributed to the salary-cap inflation. His Texas Stadium sponsorships with American Express, Nike and Pepsi created stadium revenue streams that all NFL teams needed to generate, which triggered a boom in stadium construction.

    he introduced new revenue streams to the league and his fellow owners in markets around the countr

    Jones revolutionized the league’s dealings with television networks and reinvented how owners could independently turn marketing of their teams and their stadiums into gushers.

    Jones serves on a variety of league committees. In 2011, he was was a member of the Management Council Executive Committee that was involved in the labor negotiations for the current Collective Bargaining Agreement.

    Jones serves on a variety of league committees. In 2011, he was was a member of the Management Council Executive Committee that was involved in the labor negotiations for the current Collective Bargaining Agreement.

    Jones serves on a variety of league committees. In 2011, he was was a member of the Management Council Executive Committee that was involved in the labor negotiations for the current Collective Bargaining Agreement.

    Jones serves on a variety of league committees. In 2011, he was was a member of the Management Council Executive Committee that was involved in the labor negotiations for the current Collective Bargaining Agreement.

    i could keep going, and like i said im not a cowboys fan or a fan of jerry, i just hate stupidity

  32. maust1013 says: Feb 9, 2017 11:17 AM

    Owens deserves to be in the HoF and no one should doubt that he will get in at some point. If some old school voters are letting an infamous ‘me’ guy twist in the wind for it I am fine with that just so long as it doesn’t keep him out.

  33. tombombadill says: Feb 9, 2017 11:22 AM

    Kind of interesting to think that T.O. can’t get into the hall of fame because the voters don’t like him; considering that he’s never done anything illegal off the field and there are guys in the HOF who have raped, banged prostitutes, beat up women, killed people, etc. And T.O. can’t get it simply because he was too aggressive about wanting to win and getting the ball. If T.O. played in the era Michael Irvin played in, he would have gotten in first try.

  34. jags2daship says: Feb 9, 2017 11:39 AM

    TO was a better football player than Jason Taylor. The hall of fame is a scam

  35. finsphan says: Feb 9, 2017 11:40 AM

    Jason Taylor is a HOF caliber player. The season he won DPOY he had 13.5 sacks and 10 forced fumbles…..again, 10 forced fumbles while recovering 2 of them and 2 int’s (both returned for TD’s). Not mentioning the QB’s hurries, the passes he defended and the 62 tackles. It wasn’t just that year, he was consistent his whole career which is why he is 7th all time in sacks. Not bad for an undersized DE.

    The player that was not consistent his whole career was Davis. It’s a joke that he got in before TO. Davis basically had 2 great years and somehow that’s good enough to get in the HOF?

  36. orangecrush21 says: Feb 9, 2017 12:31 PM

    FYI Higgy1……………..

    If Terrell Owens would be “watered down” hall of fame selection then I guess stats are meaningless.

    TO is 2nd ALL TIME in receiving yards, 8th ALL TIME in receptions, 3rd ALL TIME in receiving TD?

    TO isn’t “the greatest of all time” but his numbers are right up there and better than most WR in the Hall. Stats don’t lie.

  37. todd6162 says: Feb 9, 2017 12:38 PM

    I cannot for the life of me figure out why you’re in there

  38. nard100 says: Feb 9, 2017 12:47 PM

    It’s funny that Jerrah says he had no problem with him, yet released him when he was still playing well. Why? Because he was disruptive, divisive force on the team. I believe he has the numbers to get in and he will, but people don’t forget how he divided locker rooms in each of his stops especially when he felt like things didn’t go his way. It’s true , he was not a bad guy off the field, but he didn’t make the players around him better either unless he was motivated to so do. Also, he often left teams much worse off after he left. This may seem like a “captain obvious” thing, but he often joined teams that were playoff teams or close to it, but when he left, often times they were not. Why? because these teams often gave up good role players to add his skill set, so his loss off the team was made that much bigger.

  39. nard100 says: Feb 9, 2017 12:49 PM

    I think the big reason why he is hated so much was his tendency to throw anyone under the bus to promote himself under the guise of “just telling it like it is”.

  40. whispersd says: Feb 9, 2017 1:23 PM

    Pro Football Hall of Fame has taken the same number of inductees since back in the ’60s when the league only had 14 teams. They really need to bump the number up from 5. They could double it for a few years just to process the deserving players who have been stuck in limbo.

  41. mezanine10 says: Feb 9, 2017 1:33 PM

    Of course Owens deserves to be in the HOF. The only reason he isn’t is sports writers playing moral cops. Curt Schilling got less votes in the MLB voting this year b/c his political beliefs. That should tell everyone something.

  42. vinzclorth0 says: Feb 9, 2017 1:34 PM

    Meh. He was a ME guy and never won anything. He can wait his turn.

  43. youdrivemenutseagles says: Feb 9, 2017 1:51 PM

    It makes me wonder if Moss will get the same treatment when his time comes.
    I hope not, but I don’t trust the Halls decision making.

  44. youdrivemenutseagles says: Feb 9, 2017 1:54 PM

    What does Young, Garcia, McNabb and Romo think? Where’s that article?

  45. thrifty says: Feb 9, 2017 2:31 PM

    He certain does if Jason Taylor gets in. Then again, letting Jason Taylor in indicates how low the bar is.

  46. baronvonmonocle says: Feb 9, 2017 4:17 PM

    jssebastian2014 says:

    “Jason Taylor getting in before TO was like Jethro Tull winning Best Heavy Metal grammy over Metallica (yes, it happened)”

    No, it didn’t. The category was Hard Rock/Metal, not just metal. Everyone seems to forget that.

  47. mrba4775 says: Feb 12, 2017 1:12 AM

    Get your popcorn ready. TO will probably get in with Randy Moss, in 2018, maybe?

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