T.O. suggests he won’t attend his Hall of Fame enshrinement

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One thing has become clear in the 13 days since the Hall of Fame selection meeting: Even those who have opposed Terrell Owens’ enshrinement admit he’ll eventually get in.

When he does, will he show up? Consider this exchange from T.O.’s interview with Mike Francesa of WFAN.

“God has something better in store, bigger and better than the Hall of Fame,” Owens said. “If I get in great, if I don’t, OK. The first two years, OK, cool, it would have been an honor. But after this year, when they keep moving the sticks in order for me not to get in, I’ve lost respect for the process.”

“Harry Carson got upset and got to a point where he said, ‘I don’t care,'” Francesa said. “‘If they vote me in now I’m not going.’ When he got in he went. You’ll do the same thing. When they vote you in, you’ll go because you’ll be happy that you got in, and you will get in.”

“I’m not Harry Carson,” Owens replied, “and I’m sure if you’ve done your research, everybody will tell you. And you just alluded to it earlier. I’m a different guy.”

“Yeah, but you’ll go when you get in. You will. You’ll be happy.”

“I’m a different guy,” Owens said. “I’m a special guy.”

“So what are you saying now? You’re saying now you wouldn’t go if you get in now?”

“I’m a committed guy. When I put my mind to something, I succeed.”

“So what are you saying?”

“I’m saying, if I get in, I get in. If I don’t, it’s not a big deal.”

“But if you get in, you’ll go right? You’ll still acknowledge it and accept it, right?”

“Don’t interpret anything. I’ve already given you my answer.”

The answer seems to be, based on the things the said, that he won’t attend. Owens specifically said: (1) “I’m not Harry Carson”; (2) “I’m a different guy”; and (3) “When I put my mind to something, I succeed.”

If Owens has, as it appears, put his mind to not showing up for his gold jacket and bronze bust, maybe he won’t. The next question is whether that will influence the voters.

It shouldn’t. But keep in mind that Hall of Fame voter Dan Fouts already has said that Owens isn’t helping his case by ripping the process. Which confirms that the members of the committee aren’t above human nature. Which invites speculation as to whether the voters will use T.O.’s apparent refusal to show up for the party as justification for the lingering refusal to invite him.

79 responses to “T.O. suggests he won’t attend his Hall of Fame enshrinement

  1. When did it become socially acceptable for retired NFL players to gripe about themselves not getting into the Hall of Fame? So Owens has to wait a couple of years, and he’s acting like this is the greatest injustice the HOF voters have ever committed.

    Seriously? I never heard Ken Stabler complain about his exclusion, and he’s only getting in after passing away, as part of the ‘old-timers’ group. You want the greatest snub by the HOF? Try Paul Krause, who retired as the NFL’s all time interception leader, a record he still holds today and will likely hold forever. Krause had to wait 14 years to be inducted, and he never once complained publicly about that snub.

    Owens needs to get over himself.

  2. There are tons of jerks that are great at their jobs. Some of those jerks don’t get promoted because of who they are–and that sucks, but some climb the ladder anyway because the work speaks for itself.

    Let the man in. He’ll get a jacket and fade away. Plus–the best part, perhaps–you can see TO (via bust) and not have to hear him. Can’t be “disruptive” in Canton.

  3. Sure is a lot of time being spent trying to convince the world that a great injustice has been done to an entertainer just because he didn’t get that entertainment industry’s biggest honor.

    You said it right at the start of your post–he’s getting in eventually, so relax.

    Get back with me on the injustice thing if the HoF puts Randy Moss in before TO.

    Meanwhile remember HoF enshrinement is an honor and not an entitlement.

  4. Too easy: He may not have to worry about it if it never happens.

    PFT, get over TO. The guy’s mouth and crazy talk put him where he is today.

  5. Way to endear yourself to the HOF selection committee and the existing HOF members. You go.

    This idiot can’t see that this is exactly the type of thing that has kept him out of the HOF.

    I hope he never gets in and if he does I’ll enjoy him not being present for the induction.

  6. The past few weeks have made me realize that I didn’t fully appreciate just how much I had been enjoying TO’s retirement.

    I had forgotten just how childish and irritating he is when you gave him a platform. I can only pry he’ll not attend his next media platform. Poor TO. He’s got it rough.

  7. Jeepers – keep throwing tantrums like this – and indicating he won’t show up if elected to the hall in the future … voters might just decide – Okay Then – See Ya! – we’ll put somebody else in your spot.

    Not the wisest move on T.O.’s part.

    But of course .. if he Really doesn’t care ….

  8. You mean to tell me that if he gets voted in after his third year of eligibility, that he will pass up a chance to have a microphone in his face for 15-20 minutes?
    Not a chance. This guy will have the longest acceptance speech of the day!

  9. “So see, here’s the deal. I do kind of want to be invited to your party. But if invited, I’m not going to show up because I’ve lost respect for you because you didn’t invite me sooner.”

    Uh… nice strategy????

  10. I’m missing all the Terrell Owens hate here.

    He is right. This HOF process is a joke. Its biased, its politics, its ridiculous.

    No way Terrell Davis is a HOF’er. Sorry, he’s not. To me, just another guy. Warren Sapp being 1st ballot despite being a turd is more proof its politics.

    Terrell Owens was the best of a generation, that bought us all a lot of entertainment, love him or hate him.

    Not making it in this year, but Davis and a Kicker? COME ON MAN

  11. Apparently he was surprised to find out the mere threatened loss of respect isn’t enough to convince HOF voters.

  12. Can’t believe I’m saying this, but Ron Borges wrote what I thought was an excellent article in the Boston Herald about why T.O. not getting in(yet) isn’t the travesty some people make it out to be.

  13. this dude is the polar opposite of Art Monk. When Monk was snubbed for YEARS he said nothing. Us, the fans, let them know it when he got in by giving him a standing ovation that lasted for almost 30 minutes!!

    I’m glad Sean Taylor used to light him up like the whiny chump he is.

  14. The guy continues to tell us why he doesn’t belong in the HOF. Stop talking, just stop talking – you suck at. Had T.O not been talking so much back when he played he would have been 1st ballot.

  15. It’s spoiled brat behavior like this that keeps him out of the HOF.

    Everyone is freaking out because he wasn’t a first ballot Hall of Famer. He will get in eventually but none of the voters wanted to award this disrespectful diva a first ballot selection.

    So let’s just chill and he’ll be in a another year or two.

  16. I hope he DOESN’T show up (but we all know he will).

    No one can deny his production is HOF-worthy. But certain voters are keeping him out over their personal politics — they don’t like him.

    So if they are screwing over a HOF-worthy player because they don’t like him personally, he should screw them over by not showing up.

    But, we all know he will be there and be all smiles for his induction.

    Speaking of which…who will present him? If there is any justice in the world, it will be Jeff Garcia!!! That would be must-see tv!!!

  17. Owens: “I don’t care about getting in to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.”
    Owens: “If I don’t get in, it’s okay.”
    Owens: “If I don’t get in, it’s not a big deal.”

    =====

    T.O., if you didn’t care — the topic wouldn’t consume you 24/7 (as it clearly does). The opposite of love isn’t hate; it’s indifference — which you show none of. You care, and it’s obvious.

    Having stated that T.O. — you most assuredly deserved enshrinement on the first ballot. And if the HOF had tiers for induction worthiness, you would be at the very top tier too (IMO).

  18. Travesty that he is not yet in. Never took a play off. Should have been a 1st ballot inductee. This coming from a member of the Raider Nation! The original and ONLY true Nation!

  19. This idiot just doesn’t get it. He seems to think that the HOF should be honored to let him in, when really he is the one that should be honored and humbled. His stats say that he should be there, that’s a given. But when you are a member of the NFL you all ready belong to an elite club and you should represent yourself in such a manner, it’s a total package, not just stats. Personally, I hope he never gets in.

  20. This blog article must have been written by USA Today. They don’t seem to learn their lesson, putting words into an interviewee’s mouth that he didn’t say and drawing conclusions that were specifically negated. Despicable is what they are.

  21. The HOF is trash. The HOF voters have ruined the honor of it by making it a popularity contest. The HOF is supposed to be filled up of the greatest players to ever play the game, not just who a small group of people like. It should be purely statistical or if someone did someone to change the game. If your one of the best WR to ever play the game and top 5 in just about every stat you should then be a shoe in. If your telling the history of the NFL you can tell it without mentioning Morton Anderson but you cant tell the story without TO. He is a jerk and annoying and complained away part of his career but he was a game changer on the field.

  22. And he just proved what the voters are hanging over his head, it was always and will forever be about him. Great football player, complete turd of a human being, and definitely not too bright.

  23. Gotta laugh at the non-answers. Sounds like he’s been taking lessons from a certain person currently at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave in Washington DC on how not to answer questions.

  24. …“I’m a special guy.”…

    Yep. You got that right.

    For some reason, Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain” popped into my head.

    When he gets his vote he’ll show up, because to boycott the attention is completely antithetical for him. He won’t be able to suffer not getting that attention.

  25. TO is Special Ed. How bitter can you be? I hope we move on and never hear from this clown again. I did not miss him at all.

  26. Seriously, please somebody help this guy. What we don’t want to do is wake up one morning and hear about another “accidental overdose” of pills from this guy.

  27. this dude is the polar opposite of Art Monk. When Monk was snubbed for YEARS he said nothing.
    ===

    It’s UNBELIEVABLY easy to make a case against Monk.

    He led the League in receptions 1 time
    Monk only had 5 1000-yard seasons
    He NEVER had a double-digit td season. NEVER
    Only 68 td receptions in 224 NFL games

    Monk was the ultimate compiler.

    Ownens once had 5 1000-yard seasons.. IN A ROW
    Owens had 65 tds from 2000-2004 alone
    Owens finished with 156 tds in 219 games

    One of these players belongs. One does not.

  28. no big deal if he does or doesn’t but he whines about not being in every day and how he is being mistreated for not getting in. you reap what you sew big mouth so shut up and wait your turn. what did he think was going to happen the way he acted especially to the press that you know helps elect people into the hall? no sympathy for this jerk what so ever.

  29. aarons444 says:
    Feb 17, 2017 11:32 AM
    this dude is the polar opposite of Art Monk. When Monk was snubbed for YEARS he said nothing.
    ===

    It’s UNBELIEVABLY easy to make a case against Monk.

    He led the League in receptions 1 time
    Monk only had 5 1000-yard seasons
    He NEVER had a double-digit td season. NEVER
    Only 68 td receptions in 224 NFL games

    Monk was the ultimate compiler.

    Ownens once had 5 1000-yard seasons.. IN A ROW
    Owens had 65 tds from 2000-2004 alone
    Owens finished with 156 tds in 219 games

    One of these players belongs. One does not.

    It’s not fair to Monk to compare numbers from a different era to Owens’ era. Under your reasoning half of the guys in the HoF wouldn’t have good enough numbers to be in the HoF.

  30. Terrell Davis over Terrell Owens?

    HOF is an absolute joke forever more.

    TO
    #2 All Time Receiving Yards
    # 3 All Time Receiving TDs

    TD
    #55 All Time Rushing Yards
    #48 All Time Rushing TDs

    what else do you need to know?

    TO is a top 3 all time WR in NFL History.

    TD is a very good player that had 3 outstanding seasons but that’s it.

  31. mostepicgnar says:
    Feb 17, 2017 11:19 AM
    And he just proved what the voters are hanging over his head, it was always and will forever be about him. Great football player, complete turd of a human being, and definitely not too bright.

    – – – –

    Doesn’t matter one bit. The HOF is for what players did on the field, not what kind of person they are.

    OJ Simpson is still in the HOF, and I can guarantee you Ray Lewis will be in soon, too.

  32. “phinatic29 says:
    Feb 17, 2017 1:51 PM

    Terrell Davis over Terrell Owens?

    HOF is an absolute joke forever more.

    TO
    #2 All Time Receiving Yards
    # 3 All Time Receiving TDs

    TD
    #55 All Time Rushing Yards
    #48 All Time Rushing TDs”

    Stop being silly.

    First – yes, TO should be in – and he will be.

    Second – TD deserves to be in. There’s more to HOF than just numbers – here’s another one for you:

    68 games; 991 rushes for 4,956 yards; 39 TD’s; 5.0 YPC; five good years, but only two over 1,000 yards. #137 all time rushing list. HOF’er?

    Gale Sayers.

    There’s more to getting into the HOF than numbers.

  33. It’s not fair to Monk to compare numbers from a different era to Owens’ era. Under your reasoning half of the guys in the HoF wouldn’t have good enough numbers to be in the HoF.
    ===

    Okay, lets stick with Monks era (80s-early 90s)

    Monk contemporaries with 5 1000-yard seasons;

    Gary Clark
    Mark Clayton
    Drew Hill
    Sterling Sharpe

    Monk contemporaries with 60 tds or more;

    Gary Clark – 65 in 167 games
    Mark Clayton – 84 in 158 games
    Drew Hill – 60 in 211 games
    Sterling Sharpe – 65 in only 112 games

    Those guys aren’t sniffing the Hall. Sharpe may get in thanks to the Veterans Committee, but thats it.

    Monk doesn’t stack up to Rice, Reed, Irvin, and his other HOF peers.

    .. and the most d@mning bit.

    He’s in beacuse he topped Steve Largents receptions record, agreed?

    Largent whips Monk across the board

    8 1000-yard seasons
    3 double-digit td seasons
    65 yards per game, which is a 1000 yard/season average, 100 yards more than Monk.

    Monk isn’t HOF worthy, IMO.

  34. All this has done is give TO more attention. TO loves attention, and this has brought him that. This story reminds me of how happy I was not dealing with TO soundbites since he’s left the league… Let’s be clear, of course he is going to go when he gets elected, and of course it’s going to be all about him, and of course we’re all going to roll our eyes and be happy when his “speech” is over. TO may actually be the first HOFer that introduces himself. TO is a selfish man, who lives for one person, and one person only. Maybe this is why, the HOF voters are keeping TO out of the greatest “team” ever ensembled. And maybe, just maybe I’m okay with it.

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