Hall of Fame voter: I would have snubbed T.O. if I’d known he wouldn’t show up

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One of the most vocal opponents of Terrell Owens’ Hall of Fame candidacy has a new retroactive basis for opposing Owens’ induction.

Gary Myers, formerly of the New York Daily News, was at the front end of the bashing of Owens that occurred when voters snubbed him twice for enshrinement. In the aftermath of Owens’ decision not to show up for the Hall of Fame ceremony, Myers has a new basis for trying to keep Owens out.

“Terrell Owens informed Pro Football HOF he’s not attending induction ceremony,” Myers said in a Thursday tweet that has since been deleted. “Unprecedented. Classy guy. If I knew he would not show up, I would have voted for somebody who would have. T.O was not happy it took until third year to get in. Don’t know reason he’s not showing up.”

It wasn’t just that it took Owens three tries to get in. Plenty of guys need three tries to get in, including Hall of Fame receiver Michael Irvin. But when Irvin didn’t make it on his first or second try, none of the voters felt compelled to say anything other than, “Only five modern-era candidates get in each year, which means that many eventual Hall of Famers will have to wait.”

And they could have said other things. After all, Irvin stabbed a teammate in the neck with scissors. But it’s Owens, not Irvin, who has the “bad teammate” label routinely applied to him.

“The bottom line on T.O. is he was so disruptive,” Myers said after Owens was overlooked the first time, in early 2016. “[H]e tore teams apart. . . . He’s a Hall of Fame player that five teams couldn’t wait to get rid of. So what does that tell you about how disruptive he was?”

Apart from the fact that the “couldn’t wait to get rid of” Owens take is deeply flawed, the exercise remains gratuitous and, in light of the fact that he eventually got in, odd. By obsessing over trumped-up narratives and downplaying the finest moment of his career before eventually letting him in — possibly in response to the enormous pressure to relent — the voters have created a sense that Owens is only reluctantly welcome, and that he’s not truly as worthy as the rest of the Hall of Famers.

Owens gets it, and it could be (should be) one of the reasons why he doesn’t want to attend the ceremony. Myers’ admission that his vote on Owens’ eligibility would have been influenced by knowledge of his willingness to show up for the enshrinement could be (should be) a basis for the Hall of Fame to consider whether Myers should continue to have a vote.

109 responses to “Hall of Fame voter: I would have snubbed T.O. if I’d known he wouldn’t show up

  1. Getting in is supposed to be based on his career, not if he is willing to show up for a photo op.

  2. TO was a first Ballot HOF’er.

    The Hall of Very Good is lucky to have him it there. He should be put in a special wing along with the other True Hall of Famers.

    Separate from all the Very Good Politically correct people.

  3. TO is a turd, but the process of voting him to the hall of fame should be based on his stats not how the writer personally feels about him.

  4. I love it. All those HOF voters are so full of themselves making him wait two years and judging his character and “worthiness”. Now he’s making them look stupid.

    I’ve always hated the HOF. Who needs those guys to validate your career accomplishments. It really means nothing.

  5. I love how you try to downplay the fact all the teams he played for could not wait to get rid of him. the fact he played for 5 teams and caused problems with all them is not misleading in any way. he was a good player but a jerk! the hall should not even mention his name or show his statue during the ceremony, let the focus be on the guys who showed up.

  6. Why exactly? Is “showing up” an essential part of being inducted into the HOF? And here I thought it was to honor the player’s performance on the field when he was an active NFL player

  7. This is exactly why T.O is not going. He knows he was being put through the ringer by the media and voters based on his personality, and he is not giving these same folks the satisfaction of thinking he now owes them something.

    His career is without a doubt HOF. He is a part of probably three of the top 50 moments in NFL history, aside from his top 3 statistics of all time.

    – Garrison Hearst 94Yd Overtime TD run where Owens blocks 5 dudes, including 80 yards down the field.
    – TD catch from Steve Young in playoffs vs. Packers
    – Superbowl over 100 yards on a broken ankle

    It’s also sad at the same time. Owens never connected with any fan base, and as a result, doesn’t have a team to really identify completely with, so it may have made for an awkward moment without hoards of fans cheering him on.

  8. Wow! Gary Myers and his little gang of T.O. haters should be relieved of their duties immediately! I’m liking T.O’s decision more and more each day!

  9. Patrick says:
    June 8, 2018 at 10:29 am
    Maybe athletes should decide who gets in rather than petty loser writers?
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    Seriously? Have you seen the annual players top 100 list?

  10. They should take that guys voting rights away. Getting in the hall should be based on the players career, not based on “sending messages” or vendetta’s

  11. ” Myers’ admission that his vote on Owens’ eligibility would have been influenced by knowledge of his willingness to show up for the enshrinement could be (should be) a basis for the Hall of Fame to consider whether Myers should continue to have a vote.”
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    This sums it up. Owens is right if he’s nubbing them. He deserved to be a first ballet inductee, on merit. But despite that, voters didn’t/don’t like him and now it’s his turn.

  12. Knew this kind of backlash would be coming. Unfortunately the big loser from all this will be any future HOF candidates who are very talented who have off-the-field issues.

  13. his induction should have nothing to do with if he wants to show up. Lots of guys are dead before they get in. That is a personal choice. If he was endeared by his teammates as some people want to tell you forget how he left every situation. If he was so great teams would have tried to keep him but in the end he was never worth the headache. 4-8 in the playoffs with only really 1 outstanding game. Put up great regular season numbers when he wasn’t holding out or tearing up the team. Wouldn’t want him anywhere near my team.

  14. I don’t understand why this is a headline. Is it not common knowledge that HOF eligibility includes off the field actions? I’m not saying it SHOULD be but when you let the press decide who is a HOFer of course they’re going to consider player interaction on and off the field. You want to fix the problem, hand over the voting process to select players and coaches and individuals who are actually IN the HOF.

  15. 6thsense10 says:
    June 8, 2018 at 10:41 am
    Patrick says:
    June 8, 2018 at 10:29 am
    Maybe athletes should decide who gets in rather than petty loser writers?
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    Seriously? Have you seen the annual players top 100 list?

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    That list is chosen by the players themselves. Nice try.

  16. That’s really quite a lot of bitterness and vindictiveness coming from T.O. He’s also famous. He surely will be part of the Trump administration by the end of the year.

  17. It’s also sad at the same time. Owens never connected with any fan base, and as a result, doesn’t have a team to really identify completely with, so it may have made for an awkward moment without hoards of fans cheering him on.

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    TO could’ve been Mayor of Philly, what you talking about?

  18. I don’t even know where to begin with the irony that Ray Lewis is getting in in his first year of eligibility vs. TO’s 3rd.

  19. Patrick – 1st they have a veteran committee, 2nd so you wpuld rather give votes to players who likely haven’t even seen certain people play? People seem to forget not all players love the sport they play enough to watch others but guess what writers do and their the same people you read the day after the games.

  20. All these grown men with God complexes. T.O’s career alone is first-ballot HOF worthy. If you don’t like the guy it’s understandable, but to use your disdain to wield power is disgusting.

  21. I wish the HOF was decided by ex players and nobody else. The way media grudges impact admission (and as we see here the media voters don’t deny this at all) is so childish and petty.

  22. A play should be judged by his merit, not wiliness to attend a ceremony. That writer is a pure hater.

  23. Mike Golic Jr. said today that “being a good teammate has nothing to do with football.” Seems odd for a Notre Damer to say, but is he right? Is Florio right? Does being a destructive hateful bleep to your teammates, and unquestionably valuing personal acclaim over team success, have anything to do with football, or is Golic Jr. right, is Florio right, that nothing matters but how you personally do on the field?

  24. This sanctimonious comment really does show how broken the system is…and why none of us care about the HOF much anymore.

  25. Myers’ admission that his vote on Owens’ eligibility would have been influenced by knowledge of his willingness to show up for the enshrinement could be (should be) a basis for the Hall of Fame to consider whether Myers should continue to have a vote.

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    I don’t see how he can keep his vote. Even if he apologizes or says he was joking could anyone ever trust him to vote fairly for players with attitudes he doesn’t like?

  26. TO is an obvious Hall of Famer. It’s his choice whether he wants to show up at the induction ceremony or not. He has chosen not to attend. That’s it. Deal with it and get over it.

  27. Being in the Hall of Fame isn’t supposed to be predicated on kissing the ass of the Hall of Fame.

    But this does shine some light on the motivations of some of the voters.

  28. This guy shouldn’t be voting if that is his criteria. His career was over 5 years ago. If he chooses not to attend, that’s his business. Treating it that way is like Trump uninviting the Eagles. Sour grapes type stuff.

    If that is an honest voters opinion, then there needs to be an entire wipe of the system, and a process established with all new voters.

  29. T.O is, and always will be, a bad apple. No amount of press, spin, awards, and feeding his ego will change that. He belongs in the hall, as an exceptional player……….and since y’all think players should not go to important events, gets to sit out. All it does is strengthen the fans distaste for him, his choice.
    You getting the message NFL players? Shall I write it down on some cue cards for ya Malcolm> You are not listening either.

  30. We cant have something as simple as the NFL HOF ceremony without some sort of controversy any longer. Everything is a “platform” for social commentary or an opportunity to further an agenda or a ban or something.

  31. This makes me happy TO isn’t going, guy was the best player on the field in a super bowl with a broken leg in 2004, this dude was a different type of dude on the field. People who don’t think he belongs based on merit are looking at him without a clear lense. I would guess the majority of those folks are just looking for a reason to dislike PoC anyway so a guy with the attitude of TO is a no brainer for their type of disdain. While I see Myers point in not being pleased by this, his idle threat is childish but I guess that’s the world we live in now

  32. This is the reason he isn’t going, because of the personal feelings which compelled those who vote to not vote for him in his first two years of eligibility. They should have voted him in when he first became eligible,his numbers and production clearly warranted it. He is snubbing those jerks back.
    I for one hopes he changes his mind. I’d love to hear his speech.

  33. Generally, I agree with Florio…but on this, I do not. If anything, this only reinforces the idea that TO was a bad teammate and isn’t exactly a good team guy…this time in the “team of HOFers”. If he wants to be an anti-social person, which I think he is (despite his antics), that’s fine…but don’t make lame excuses for it, like they’re only “reluctantly” letting him in. He should revel in that reluctance then and shove it down their face, not reinforce the reasons why they were reluctant in the first place.

  34. In the past 40 years there are 3 NFL receivers who played more than 10 years and were dominant for at least 10 years: Jerry Rice (The GOAT) Terrell Owens and Randy Moss. I don’t give a darn how you perceived him as being a cancer or how much you believed teams couldn’t wait to get rid of him, you couldn’t cover him for 10+ years.

    They begrudgingly let him in the Hall of Fame and he took this chance on the big stage to stick it to them like they stuck it to him for 3 years.

  35. It’s nice to know being willing to show up is one of the criteria for getting in.

  36. Apart from the fact that the “couldn’t wait to get rid of” Owens take is deeply flawed

    I disagree. Teams were glad to get rid of him because of his behavior. The only reason he stayed in the NFL as long as he did was because he was a phenomenal talent. The problem is he was also a phenomenal nut-job. You can’t ever convince me teams weren’t glad when he was no longer on their team. Same with Jeff George. Guys like that are an addition by subtraction.

  37. Just as TO has made an unprecedented decision, so should the Hall of Fame, and rescind it. No player is bigger than the sport or the Hall of Fame. There’s hundreds more who would gladly take his place. It’s such a selfish move. And what about his presenting coach, family, friends, fans and teammates who will get robbed of that moment? Now, it’s all about TO, and NOT the men who WILL BE THERE.

  38. Nothing worse that writers with HoF votes that put themselves above the job they are required. The vote is strictly based on past career achievements not your personal opinion of the player and when you “feel” he/she is ready to be enshrined forever in greatness.

    Bob Ryan and his ridiculous crusade against Barry Bonds is a prime example. He needs to be stripped of his HoF vote as he’s clearly too biased to be making such a selection.

  39. bloghalla voter: i’m a baby, and i still hold a grudge because t.o. hurt my feelers 10 years ago, and what i say goes!

  40. Well, this is the reason why the voting needs to change. You would snub a player due to a conflict in personality and a decision? Agree or disagree on this choice he earned the HOF. You Mr Anonymous Voter don’t deserve a vote.

  41. Ken ‘Snake’ Stabler a 1970’s All Decade Team Quarterback didn’t even get in until recently (after passing away). And Stabler had a voter/writer (Paul Zimmerman) who did his best to keep him out of the HOF for personal reasons unrelated to Stabler’s play on the field.

    Enough crying about TO “not getting in on time”. Seriously, enough.

  42. Myers is yet more proof that the voters think they’re more important than they actually are. Be quiet, cast your vote, and stay quiet. Fans shouldn’t ever even know the voters names.

  43. How is the “couldn’t wait to get rid of” Owens take deeply flawed? As an Eagles fan I saw his news conference when he signed with the Birds where he flat out stated ‘this isn’t about money. I could have signed elsewhere for more money but that’s not important to me. It’s all about championships and playing with a great coach and quarterback.’

    Supremely talented WR, I will give him that. 2004 was an incredibly exciting season to watch as an Eagles fan, regardless of the outcome in that years SB. T.O. was a stud – even working his way back from injury to play in a SB that most players would have had to miss due to that.

    Less than a full after joining the Birds, there he was holding out for a new contract. Doing push ups in the driveway while Rosenhaus answered reporters with “next question” over and over again. Owens repeatedly threw his quarterback under the bus to anyone who would listen; he ripped the coaching staff. He refused to attend training camp. The locker room was divided. He finally got his wish and got released, but the team was never the same after that. Again, only ONE year with the team.

    After he moved on he continued to criticize McNabb, and his former QB in San Fran Jeff Garcia. I vaguely remember him having issues in Dallas as well, although I can’t speak too well to that because I honestly just don’t remember.

    But having said all that…yes, he deserves to be in the Hall for his talent alone. However, to say he didn’t divide locker rooms and wasn’t a cancer to the teams he played for is beyond ridiculous. And yeah, that SHOULD play a very big part in their decision to induct him. His little temper tantrum about waiting a whopping three years to get into the Hall just shows he’s still the same me first guy he has always been. He could have been so much more if he had just found a way to put his ego in check. T.O.’s problem is, and always has been T.O.

  44. whodatnhollywood says:
    June 8, 2018 at 11:57 am
    Just as TO has made an unprecedented decision, so should the Hall of Fame, and rescind it. No player is bigger than the sport or the Hall of Fame. There’s hundreds more who would gladly take his place. It’s such a selfish move. And what about his presenting coach, family, friends, fans and teammates who will get robbed of that moment? Now, it’s all about TO, and NOT the men who WILL BE THERE.
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    Saddown.

  45. Who is surprised???? What he does, is for only him. He still believes he did nothing wrong on the teams he blew up. He can’t help being TO.

  46. TO deserves to be in the HOF as he was one of the greatest wide receivers of all time. I did not realize this turned into a humanitarian award.

  47. Bravo TO. Instead of thinking about the guys who stumped for you right from the beginning, you only think about the ones who snubbed you and yourself. Let’s talk about some other hall of famers who had to wait:

    1. Michael Irvin
    2. Thurman Thomas
    3. Brian Dawkins

    These are all grateful for being in the hall and many thought they should get in on their first year of eligibility. They still showed up to accept their gold jackets because they knew it was still a privilege to be inducted.

    Honestly, I was worried that he would be there and his acceptance speech would be him chastising the voters and ruining the occasion for everyone. Instead he will do what he has always done, make it about him so that he doesn’t have to share the spotlight with those he considers less worthy. it’s going to blow up in his face… as usual because he just doesn’t get it.

    No, I will not get my popcorn ready TO.

  48. nhpats says:
    June 8, 2018 at 10:34 am
    Why exactly? Is “showing up” an essential part of being inducted into the HOF? And here I thought it was to honor the player’s performance on the field when he was an active NFL player.
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    Why show up to a marriage if you’ve already signed the license/certificate?

  49. Regardless of how you feel about his attendance…..

    If I had told you 5 years ago that Terrell Owens would be voted into the HOF and have a chance to stand in front of thousands of people, have a video package all about him, a bust made of his likeness, and an open mic to say whatever he wanted to say about his career…….and I told you he wasn’t going to attend?

    You’d say I was insane.

  50. “Myers’ admission that his vote on Owens’ eligibility would have been influenced by knowledge of his willingness to show up for the enshrinement could be (should be) a basis for the Hall of Fame to consider whether Myers should continue to have a vote.”

    Exactly.

  51. I think the reason he doesn’t want to go is that he still thinks he can play. You aren’t eligible for he HoF until you have been out of the game for 5 years, correct? T.O. still wants to play and says so repeatedly every year since the last time he got cut. Time to face the music, Terrell. You’re retired.

  52. tinye67 says:
    June 8, 2018 at 11:16 am
    TO joins CK and Reid in the PFT Protected Players Club.

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    Kaep couldn’t carry T.O.’s jockstrap

  53. Time to revoke his votes into the HOF since what he is now is the same exact cancer he was as a player – he had no business in the HOF to begin with. Correct the “mistake” now. He declares no show. Here’s your out, committee.

  54. lebrickie says:
    June 8, 2018 at 1:44 pm
    Time to revoke his votes into the HOF since what he is now is the same exact cancer he was as a player – he had no business in the HOF to begin with. Correct the “mistake” now. He declares no show. Here’s your out, committee.

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    If T.O. doesn’t belong in the HOF then you could say the same for all but a couple of other WRs who were ever inducted

  55. Shows the voters are petty and getting a HOF call is meaningless. Either he is a HOF player or not. Nothing to do with if he shows up to a pompous event.

  56. Trying to give Owens a little benefit of the doubt here, but maybe, just maybe, this could be more of a Social Anxiety Disorder thing.

  57. HOF voters should not be petty journalists. They should be people that know the NFL, been connected to the NFL by playing, coaching,….

    Someone who understands, and respects what it takes.

  58. “….the voters have created a sense that Owens is only reluctantly welcome, and that he’s not truly as worthy as the rest of the Hall of Famers.”

    Are you kidding with that comment? Owens is ticked because he’s not a first ballot Hall of Famer? I’m sorry, but there are a long list of far better players who had to wait far longer than three years to get into the Hall of Fame. While Myers is coming across as petty with his comments, I don’t think it’s a completely wrong reaction to Owens deciding not to show up at all.

    Maybe Owens needs to look at how Jerry Kramer is handling his induction. Kramer retired from Pro football in 1968, 50 years ago, and five years before Owens was even born. If anyone has justification for telling the HOF he’s not showing up, it’s Jerry Kramer. I could far better understand Kramer begging off the ceremony than Terrell Owens. Kramer was part of a Packer team that won five NFL championships. Compare that to what Owens is best remembered for…

  59. While I agree with Gary Myers, the fact is, TO did all NFL fans a favor by saying he will no not show up. It saved us from hitting the change-the-channel-button on our remotes when he was about to be introduced.

  60. Never really saw TO as a Hall of Famer. Yes his numbers are great, but like ARod, was a compiler…would always make the catch with a 14 point lead but never could make the big play in crunch time. And he was always the first guy to blame a teammate for his drops

  61. This proves exactly how some players get into the Hall of Fame … have a good relationship with the writers who vote. Who cares what you did on the field.

  62. There’s a rumor going around that Owens backed out of attending when Donovan McNabb refused to give a speech at the induction ceremony introducing T.O.

  63. As far as I know, Owens has never been involved in criminal activity. So he had beef with Jeff Garcia and Donovan McNabb…ok. How many HoFers have played for more than one team? Now people are mad that he may or may not show up to ramble on at a podium? For once we won’t hear him talk about “me”.

  64. Who among you actually expected T.O. to play nice once he got what he wanted? Behavior like this is the very reason why they wanted make him wait to get in! T. O. playing nice and with others is not in his DNA, he is who he is.

  65. T.O. is a very insecure person. I’m glad he finally got in; he deserves it. Hopefully he can move on from feeling hurt and enjoy the H.O.F. weekend.

  66. And that tells you all you need to know about most of these voters. Yes TO had his warts. But was the man one of the Best to ever play? Heck yeah. Love him or hate him you can’t argue with what he did on the field. And for some pencil neck writer to think he can play god over weather Owens should be in is Shameful. He or she is ignoring the mans body of work. On the field. J.C. Michael Irvin is in the hall. T.O. Doesn’t have to same issues floating around.

  67. What the great irony is that the Hall Of Fame and the induction ceremony is the primo example of a day of narcissism,hero worship and bathing in mass idolatry and adoration. You would think of all people Terrell Owens would be the last person to skip out on a day that reinforces everything he stood for during his career. Though it was telling when asked what teammates would there to celebrate with him he couldn’t come up with any names and only brought up some assistant coaches. Maybe that maybe a reason he is not coming.

  68. Its the HOF. After reading all the comments on this, am blown away at the amount of people thinking TO is justified in not turning up due to not being picked first round. Yeh stick it to them because they stuck it to you….seriously? No matter who the voters are it has to be a privilege to be included no matter how long. Turn up, accept the honor or pass it on to someone who will.

  69. If he thought him worthy enough to vote him in, and now says he wouldn’t just because Owens won’t show up, then I don’t think that voter should still have a vote. Who would have thought we would find a voter as petty as T.O.?

  70. Dude’s still pissed that marvin harrison got in b4 he did 😂😂….he sooooo needs to get over that

  71. There is no doubt TO was a beast. He played hard, and was a terror on the field. He belongs in the hall of fame. However I understand not voting him in first ballot. First ballot is always reserved for the best of the best (in my opinion) as far as I have seen. Owens was a beast and was great…but he was a cancer, he wrecked some teams and QBs. That can’t be ignored. I think getting in third try was more than fair.

  72. “possibly in response to the enormous pressure to relent” – Glad you qualified that BS statement with possibly since you added a fabricated premise to try to add to your case.

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