Terrell Owens, Michael Irvin have a brewing feud

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If John Madden is right about the Hall of Fame busts talking to each other at night, the conversation may soon get much more interesting.

A bronzed version of receiver Terrell Owens will debut in August, joining a room that includes the permanent sculptured likeness of receiver Michael Irvin. And Owens and Irvin have entered the early stages of a full-blown feud.

Irvin was among the many who called out Owens for choosing not to attend the induction ceremony. Said Irvin on Thursday’s edition of NFL Network’s Total Access: “It’s not about the voters. Don’t give the voters the pleasure of knowing that they meant that much to you that when you finally got in, you’re not even showing up. And the whole while you campaigned about being in. When he did not get in, he and I were shooting a commercial together one time and he came to the commercial with a Hall of Fame gold jacket with all of his records on it. So you went and made a made-up gold jacket , but you won’t show up to get the real gold jacket? It’s something beyond my capabilities of understanding up here.”

On Saturday, Owens injected Irvin’s name into a back-and-forth with FS1’s Jason Whitlock, who also has lambasted Owens for his decision to skip the enshrinement ceremony. After taking gratuitous shots at Whitlock’s weight, Owens agreed to meet Whitlock for donuts after Whitlock loses 100 pounds. And then Owens added this: “Bring ur boy too. I got some ‘powdered’ donuts for him. U 2 Uncle Tommers!”

In a subsequent tweet, it became obvious that T.O. isn’t happy about Irvin’s decision to read text messages from Owens on the air. Irvin has yet to respond to any of it.

Along the way, new Hall of Famer Randy Moss got involved, telling Owens, “u are a mess and I LUV IT!!.” But Owens stopped short of engaging the man with whom T.O. is most often compared when determining the second-best receiver in NFL history.

And so it may continue, with the critics believing that every comment from Owens proves them right — and Owens believing that every comment from the critics proves him right.

43 responses to “Terrell Owens, Michael Irvin have a brewing feud

  1. By comparison, T.O. makes Randy Moss one of the most likeable people on the planet. (Coming from someone who never minded Moss btw, though his time in Oakland is a bit hard to respect obviously)

  2. Give Irvin a rolled up hundred dollar bill and there won’t be any powder on those donuts.

  3. As I Giants’ fan, I desperately wanted them to draft him out of Miami. Hated that the Cowboys got him. Totally rooted against him during his professional career, but always admired his tenacity and leadership on the field. Yes, he has his baggage, but would have loved seeing him play in Giants’ blue. His comments here reinforce why I admire the guy.

  4. TO is a mess and not a great person but he was a first ballot HOFer. Don’t get all crazy when people attack you if your in a high profile job but the media shouldn’t get defensive when these people snap back at them even if they are doing it in poor taste.

  5. Why does being respectful to fans, owners, coaches and other humans make Irvin/Whitlock Uncle Tommers? Owens is such a sad character.

  6. Whoever gives Terrell Owens attention is wasting their attention. The man is helpless and deranged, and it is all fueled by his narcissistic ego and unbound need to be the center of attention. I would be shocked if he could find one former team official, coach, trainer, scout, grounds keeper, water boy, etc. that does not cringe with the mere mention of his name, forget having to actually introduce the sob at any function, let alone the enshrinment ceremony at the HOF, which some of us still regard as the honor in the NFL.

  7. Owens is a high maintenance diva, but none of this would have happened if the media didn’t hold a two-year grudge against him by making him wait three years to get inducted. They did the same thing to Irvin.

  8. First of all, the best WR in NFL history is not Jerry Rice. The best WR in NFL history in terms of dominating his era more than anyone else dominated theirs is Don Hutson. It isn’t even debatable.
    Now for those of you who dismiss what Hutson did when he played in the 30’s and 40’s, listen to some reason, for a change.
    WHEN DON HUTSON RETIRED, HE OWNED 23 RECORDS FOR WR’S IN THE NFL — AND HE STILL HOLDS 13 OF THEM!!!!
    if you dismiss Hutson for what he did, then is it fair to dismiss what Rice did in 40 or 50 years? I say NO!
    Judge these guys by how they dominated their era because that’s the only fair way to do it. And when you do that, Don Hutson is clearly the #1 WR who ever played in the NFL. In fact — he is the father of the modern WR’s!!! And no one — ever — dominated their era at WR the way he did.
    This is not about Jerry Rice and how great he was. He was unquestionably one of the greatest WR’s to ever play in the NFL. This is about fairness in remembering that the NFL didn’t start in 1966 with the first Super Bowl in 1967. If you dismiss the guys who played in the pre-Super Bowl era, then I don’t ever want to hear Babe Ruth’s name mentioned again!! Which is ridiculous, of course — just as ridiculous as dismissing Don Hutson!!
    Don Hutson dominated his era more than any WR dominated theirs, and as I said — it’s not even debatable. Plus — Hutson played in an era which was by far a running-the-football-era!! What he did was incredible, and he led his team to 4 championships as well! That’s one more than Jerry Rice, in case you’re counting!!

  9. TO #winning

    Whitlock is a dullard that traffics in clumsy controversy.

    Irvin deserves being chided for his powdered confections.

    Never liked TO (except for when he pulled the Sharpie stunt in Seattle, he punked my favorite team but it was a stunt with flair). He clearly wins this round too

  10. “When he did not get in, he and I were shooting a commercial together one time and he came to the commercial with a Hall of Fame gold jacket with all of his records on it.”

    Yeah, it was about a year ago, in one of Gary Myers’ pieces trashing TO, that an “anonymous” HOFer leaked that TO had bought his own gold jacket. I guess that was Irvin. And I’m guessing TO knows it.

  11. “Don Hutson is clearly the #1 WR who ever played in the NFL. In fact — he is the father of the modern WR’s!!! And no one — ever — dominated their era at WR the way he did.”

    Dominated his era, but played in a league with only 10 teams in it.

    If I might point out the obvious; the talent today is not just superior, but much more evenly dispersed. Hutson was a part player and played against other part time players. And there were no black players in his league back then.

  12. therealraider says:
    June 10, 2018 at 11:56 am
    Michael Irvin is the second most overrated WR of all time behind Lynn Swann.

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    The Steelers ran the ball first. They also had another HOF WR on the field and for a time with Smith, 3 of the best in the League. Swann spent most of his time being a decoy. If you’ve ever done that (I did, just for one year), IT SUCKS.

    If Lynn Swann played today, in an Era where you didn’t get mugged 90% of the time and drilled EVERY time, not to mention pass first, I can’t imagine what he could do.

    You either never watched him, just looked at stats or never played on a loaded offensive team. Or just a rock.

  13. It’s his right not to attend the ceremony, but T.O. needs to realize there will be repercussions from the NFL for not attending. He can kiss ever being recognized by the league again goodbye – and whether he wants to admit to it or not, that will eat him up.

  14. I only hope that TO changes his mind, and goes in as a Cowboy!!!!! You know, that IS the uniform he is wearing on the front of Madden 🙂

  15. There is no way TO is in the conversation for the 2nd best WR ever! He was a very good receiver, no doubt, but there is no way he’s anywhere near the top of that list.

  16. Next to Oj Michael Irvin is the biggest disgrace in the HOF. The only difference is OJ was a much better athlete. So he didnt fail in his murder attempt. To me theres not much difference between an attempted and actual murderer. Add all the sexual assault claims. The sexual harassment. The derailing of multiple young mens lives by involving the impressionable kids in your life of drugs, violence, and debauchery, and the disgraceful dehumanizing way he acted toward Julie Ertz during media week, touching and feeling on her, playing with her hair and rubbing her shoulders, while she was trying to be a professional, with the many other disgraceful things he has said and done, and he might actually be worse then OJ.

    Michael Irvin is Darren Sharper without the cuffs and OJ without the gloves.

  17. kevin7777777 says:
    June 10, 2018 at 12:48 pm
    There is no way TO is in the conversation for the 2nd best WR ever! He was a very good receiver, no doubt, but there is no way he’s anywhere near the top of that list.

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    U clearly are no older 26-27. Because their is no way you were old enough to be a die hard football fan who watched all the highlight and football shows who watched every monday and Sunday during T0’s if you really think that. You might have been a “football fan” when his career started but like a 10 year old is a fan. U watch some highlights n 10 or so minutes of your favorite team every once and while, but your knowledge of the league is basically what you hear 2nd hand. This isnt an attack, this is how we all started following football. Im just pointing out that if u really feel that way about TO is probably is bc you probably only really starting watching football and by extension TO during the “thats my quarterback years” and all the rest of ur opinion of him was based on what u heard about driveway situps and and how he left SF.

  18. All you former players should stop lambasting the fact T.O. is not attending and donate some of your cash in order that he can have a proper H.O.F. moment and his own small party.

  19. Wow!!!! What has happened???? I still love football, but I am really getting sick of the NFL and all the BS baggage and prima donnas that are associated with it. Could we PLEASE get back to football, talking about football and caring about football and our favorite teams?!?!?!?!?!

  20. Irvin and T.O have to square up when they meet face to face. If they try to resolve their issue in any other way, after all that’s been said, they would all credibility. So they have to shoot that fade when they bump into each other and shake hands afterwards.

  21. I love the comment someone said that in order for the bust to be unveiled ,the Hof inductee needs to do. Guess that bust goes in the canton building with the cloth over the bust.

  22. Johnston and now Irvin? Why dont these two blowhards focus on the trainwreck in Dallas instead of what T.O. is doing?

    Irvin is the last guy that should be critisizing anybody. Coked up scissor waving laid out at the Vet stretchered off loudmoth, lol.

  23. As a Cowboys fan, I had to endure a few seasons of the Diva in Big D. If the HOF is only for great players who were also good teammates, we wouldn’t be making comments because this article wouldn’t exist. I think the spirit of the HOF started that way and should be that way. Great players are only great when they give everything for their teammates rather than always thinking of themselves. In this regard TO may be the GOAT. The HOF should be just as much about character as it is about stats. Bill Parcells had TO pegged right—the player—nothing more or less.

  24. I don’t care what he does during the HOF ceremony. Because what i’ll Remember most vividly about Terrell Owens was the way he showed up for the Super Bowl with freaking SCREWS In his ankle to hold it together while he went on to post a MONSTER game even though his QB was busy folding like a cheap Chinese Armani knockoff and puking his guts up on the field.

    And that’s just the one thing I’ll remember most. TO was easily one of the greatest WRs I’ve ever seen, for many, many reasons. The man’s sheer determination and grit we’re off the charts.

    So I don’t care one bit what anybody thinks about TO. In my book, he deserves all the respect in the world and he’s going to get it from me, at least.

  25. therealraider says:

    Michael Irvin is the second most overrated WR of all time behind Lynn Swann.
    *********************************************************************************
    you are just bitter that Irvin got in the H.O.F. before Tim Brown.

  26. imaduffer says:
    “Give Irvin a rolled up hundred dollar bill and there won’t be any powder on those donuts.”

    Still laughing. Love it!

  27. brendafortheboyz says:
    June 10, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    I only hope that TO changes his mind, and goes in as a Cowboy!!!!! You know, that IS the uniform he is wearing on the front of Madden
    ……………………………………………………………….

    George Teague knocking Owens off the Star or Emmitt reclaiming it was epic. ME O was never a REAL Cowboy.

  28. Jason Whitlock and Michael Irvin both graduated magna cum laude from Uncle Tom’s Preparatory Academy. Whitlock was valedictorian.

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