T.O. takes aim at Cris Carter

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Not many Hall of Famers who believe Terrell Owens shouldn’t be in the Hall of Fame have come forward to declare their beliefs publicly. One that has proclaimed his opposition to Owens has received a pointed response from Owens.

Appearing on WFAN with Mike Francesa, Owens took aim at Hall of Fame receiver Cris Carter.

“Even you think about guys that have gone and really tried to attack my character and called me a flawed candidate, a guy like Cris Carter. Trust me, I’m better than Cris Carter,” Owens said. “I’ll tell him that. He knows that I’m not a fan of him. . . .

“Don’t throw stones when you live in a glass house. He wants me to wait because he had to wait. I did more with less. I was better than Cris Carter. So he shouldn’t mention anything about anybody, especially me, about being a flawed candidate when here’s a guy who got released, flunked three drug tests from Philly — cocaine and alcohol addiction — and then there was somewhere down the road he’s telling guys to ask somebody to be a fall guy. What kind of character is that? So c’mon man. C’mon.”

Owens was referring to Carter’s comments at the Rookie Symposium regarding the importance of having a “fall guy” who will take the rap if/when wrongdoing occurs. Those comments came after Carter made it to Canton.

Regardless, the criticism of Carter fits with Owens’ broader objection that he’s being accused of having bad character without clear, unequivocal facts of things that would suggest bad character. As I’ll point out in a separate post, it could make for an interesting scene if/when Owens ever gets enough votes to make it to the Hall of Fame.

50 responses to “T.O. takes aim at Cris Carter

  1. Being right does not necessarily make you happy. You get more bees with honey…I’m a big 2 fan, but the guy needs to play the political game and that will give him a better chance to get in..this approach of alienating the hall is going to hurt his chances

  2. Chris Carter made his team better. Terrell Owens made his team worse. I don’t care what either did away from the football field.

  3. T.O is spot on concerning C.C considering Carter was a me 1st player especially during his time with the Vikings when he would cause friction with Dante Culpepper when he felt was though he wasn’t getting the ball enough.

    T.O deserves to be voted in the hall, but considering its now a popularity contest like the Pro bowl is the voters who have never played a down and have personal agendas will never vote him in.

  4. That’s why your not in Canton my friend. Your good at pointing out everyone else flaws but your own.

  5. T.O. deserves to be in the HOF at some point.
    There is a wait because of the log jam of receivers. Players like Art Monk, who was number 2 in receptions when he retired and Andre Reed who was number 2 in receptions and number 3 in yardage when he retired both had to wait. Jerry Rice , number 1 in both got to leapfrog over the logjam and rightfully so. TO is not Jerry Rice. Get in line and start acting like an adult. Your time will come.

  6. I can’t believe I’m writing this….But I agree wholeheartedly with Owens. Carter should shut up. Personally, I never felt Carter was a HOF WR. There’s more to the game than numbers and therein lies the crux of the matter.

    Owens should have been a first ballot recipient. Yeah, he had issues. Who doesn’t. Never arrested, had a great career. His Super Bowl performance was MVP worthy.
    Btw, I’m not, nor ever was, a t.o fan. But this is wrong.

  7. I’m so damn tired of hearing about T.O. A lot of great playersite get snubbed year in and year out. This crybaby just needs to go away, would be nice if the media just stopped talking about him.

  8. He’s right.
    He was much better than Fall guy.

    TO is a HOFer as much, end of story, the media ruins everything with their gooey feelings and cheesy, self-righteous vendettas.

    When I turn on the TV on the weekend, it ain’t to watch a reporter play sports.

  9. This is why voters won’t vote for him even if his numbers and how he played his position. My opinion he never changed how receivers plays the position. He was great receiver and teams game planned against him but never TO had never changed the game!

  10. What a wild, wacky, wired time we live in when T.O. is the sane and rational one in his fight against the media…..
    its nit like the ‘journalists’ who vote for the HOF would ever let their personal bias’ get in the way of doing the actual job…
    Riiiiiiiight ;o)

  11. Can you imagine the numbers that Owens would have put up if the opposing defense doubled and rotated against the “other” receiver. Randy Moss and Owens were dynamic. With Moss, Carter was the second best receiver on the team.

  12. After so much time has passed, I can’t believe I’m back to having to say “TO, please shut up and go away”.
    Doesn’t make me nostalgic…

  13. The more Owens talks the more he is making it look like it was a good decision to not elect him to the Hall of Fame.

    I get his stats say he should be in and I’m sure he will be at some point but to raise such a stink because he wasn’t a first ballot Hall of Fame player is just sad and showing him for the terrible, me-first person and player he is and was.

    If down the road he is still not in I may almost feel bad for the guy but at this point it is ridiculous to continue to dwell on the issue.

    It will be interesting to see what happens with Moss next year. I’m almost certain he won’t be a first ballot either and I’m interested to see how he handles the situation. I’m guessing it won’t be in such a childish manner but we’ll see… we’ll see…

  14. As long as TO keeps running his mouth, he’ll keep waiting to get voted in. Eventually one would think he’d wise up and shut his mouth but maybe not in his lifetime.

  15. Give it a rest, Mike. TO isn’t worth all the energy you’ve been putting into this…

    Barry Bonds isn’t in the MLB HOF and it is only partially due to PEDs…people just don’t like disruptive a-holes.

  16. TO deliberately made a dumpster fire of the 2005 eagles, a team that was very much a super bowl contender. He was so hurt and insulted that the Eagles didn’t give him a new contract, 1 year into a 6 year deal, that he chose to DESTROY HIS TEAM and completely derail their season. Jerry Jones cut him after the 2008 season, less than one year after signing his whiny butt to a big extension. He was an incredible WR, but the man put his own needs and interests so far above that of his team, that I have no issue at all watching him flap in the wind for a year or 10 over his HOF candidacy.

  17. Don’t know or care about the comparison to Carter, but one thing is known…Carter waited over a decade to get in, so TO can shut up and wait.

  18. “I did more with less.”

    In what way? Owens played with Pro Bowl QBs almost his whole career and had much more physical ability than Carter did.

  19. Cris Carter had way better hands than TO. TO dropped half the passes thrown to him. Not sure how this helps TO’s case by calling out CC.

  20. Cris “Fall Guy” Carter admitted on ESPN radio in 2012 to often paying bounties on his opponents. A year later Carter was inducted HoF. And yet he thinks T.O. was a bad influence!

  21. It is funny when there is an argument between two people who like to hear themselves talk, but neither of them really understand what is going on. If I had to rate or choose the level of T.O. and C.C.’s bad character, it would be easy. C.C. was by far the worse person when these two people are compared side by side.

  22. otheirony says:
    Feb 17, 2017 7:07 AM

    I can’t believe I’m writing this….But I agree wholeheartedly with Owens. Carter should shut up. Personally, I never felt Carter was a HOF WR. There’s more to the game than numbers and therein lies the crux of the matter.

    Owens should have been a first ballot recipient. Yeah, he had issues. Who doesn’t. Never arrested, had a great career. His Super Bowl performance was MVP worthy.
    Btw, I’m not, nor ever was, a t.o fan. But this is wrong.
    ————————————————————-Its fine if you were not a carter fan or disagreed with his take, but saying he doesn’t belong in the HOF is outrageous–When he retired, he was 2nd in receptions, 2nd in tds, 3rd in yardage and dwarfed other HOF WR in numbers such as: irvin, reed, lofton, largent, monk, all the while catching passes from the likes of Wade wilson, Rich gannon, Sean Salisberry, Jim Mcmahon, Warren Moon, Brad Johnson, Randal Cunningham, Jeff George, Daunte Culpepper, Jay Fielder. He also quite possibly had the best hands ever to play the position. Your doesnt belong in the HOF because there is more to stats is quite asinine….

  23. So Owens believes that during his playing career he deserves to be in the HoF.

    Now, I appreciate that entry should be based on purely the time during your NFL career, so statistics and ability are obviously important. But I think we can agree that Football is a team game.

    With that in mind let’s look back at just a few examples where Owens displayed very poor judgement which either affected his then current team, or a player he once played with who was still playing.

    Owens did an interview with Playboy whose line of questioning led him into at least intimating that quarterback Jeff Garcia, his former 49ers teammate, was gay.

    “Like my boy tells me,” Owens said, “if it looks like a rat, and smells like a rat, by golly, it is a rat.” The interview was published in August, and created a week’s worth of stories revolving around the long-since soured Owens-Garcia working relationship. Garcia even felt the need to respond to Owens’ words, insisting that his former receiver had even met some of his girlfriends. Whether Garcia was gay or not, this was a shameful comment made to make himself appear ‘funny’.

    During a game in Minnesota, Owens exploded on the sideline at his 49ers offensive coordinator, Greg Knapp. Knapp endured a ridiculous verbal thrashing from Owens on the San Francisco sideline in the Metrodome, all because things weren’t going so great for Owens in his duel with Vikings receiver Randy Moss.

    The 49ers lost that game and Owens then started ripping into Garcia during the course of a 14-minute post-game rant, in which he called for the elevation of backup Tim Rattay to the starting lineup.

    Disgruntled with his situation with the Eagles, he what can only bad called ‘staged’ a workout in front of his garage when he was suspended for once again throwing his QB under the bus – McNabb – and refusing to issue a public apology.

    He once admitted to spitting in the face of DeAngelo Hall. He justified this by saying “I got frustrated and I apologize for that. It was a situation where he kept hugging me and getting in my face. He had a lot of words, I didn’t. I just wanted to come and prove I’m not a guy to be schemed with.”

    To me Owens was a great individual player who put up some great numbers, but although he probably will get into the HoF one day, I really hope it’s in a very quiet year way down the line where the voters simply decide to put him in so that they don’t have to keep talking about him anymore!

  24. The more Owens talks, the less likely he gets in the Hall any time soon. He just can’t seem to help himself. He’s his own worst enemy. Just like when he played. I always felt sympathy for Owens because you could tell he wasn’t dealing with a full deck. He actually made his teams less competitive. Chris Carter made his teams better, and he was a mentor to the younger guys. Carter was intelligent and his teammates loved him. Carter was a plus. Owens was a minus. One’s in the HOF. One isn’t.

  25. Cris Carter was not as big of a head case as Terrell Owens was. Then again, CC was not as good a receiver as T.O. was, either. I’m a Vikings fan, and I have to say that if C.C. is in the Hall of Fame, T.O. should also be in as well.

    Knowing what I know now, and if I had the chance to draft one of them I would probably go with C.C. because he wasn’t such a destroyer of teams, but C.C. was still a headache to other players, and he wasn’t as good on the field as T.O. was, so it’s a close race.

    Now if you want to bring up a comparison of T.O. to Randy Moss, that is another story altogether. Moss was less of a head case AND he was a better player than T.O. Give me the Super Freak over T.O. every single time.

  26. zenoracledba says:
    Feb 17, 2017 6:47 AM
    Being right does not necessarily make you happy. You get more bees with honey…I’m a big 2 fan, but the guy needs to play the political game and that will give him a better chance to get in..this approach of alienating the hall is going to hurt his chances
    =================================
    “you get more bees with honey”??? Don’t you mean the more bees you have the more honey you have? If I have some honey how is that going to attract bees? Bees aren’t attracted to honey, they _make_ honey.

    I don’t think you understand what you said.

  27. Im not a T.O. Fan but he is 110% RIGHT! The fact is this…… Statistically T.O. Put up the record numbers in all phases at his position this also invludes Championships! Carter is an idiot for criticizing TO…… Carter was never half the athlete as TO! Enough said! Lets talkabout Cliff Branch not receiving the honors!!! Garbage ass L. Swann is in and he doesnt have half the stats oas Cliff did and cliff was never in the media crying an shot!! It is a popularity contest and the HOF isnt what it used to be it is a damn Jone!!!

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