Rod Woodson: T.O. should use Hall speech to thank those who helped him get there

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Pro Football Hall of Famer Rod Woodson says the real reason that Hall of Famers give speeches when they’re inducted is to thank the people who helped them reach that point — something Terrell Owens doesn’t seem to grasp.

Woodson said on NFL Network that the most important part of his own Hall of Fame speech was acknowledging the people who had supported him along the way. Woodson thinks Owens owes it to those people — family members, teachers, high school coaches — to show up in Canton. Instead, Owens will skip the Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony.

“I really don’t care if he comes or not,” Woodson said. “But what bothers me more than anything is that in T.O.’s life, he’s had different things that happened to him in his life, but there’s people who helped him come along through his childhood, high school, college, to get to the point where he’s at to be one of the better players to ever play in the National Football League . . . you can be there to acknowledge them. And they lose out, because he’s thinking, It’s all about T.O. For all those people who helped him, for him not to acknowledge them to the public, it’s a shame.”

Owens is the first Hall of Famer ever to decline to attend the enshrinement ceremony.

63 responses to “Rod Woodson: T.O. should use Hall speech to thank those who helped him get there

  1. “I would like to thank me, myself and I because those are the three people who helped get me into the HOF and those are the only three people who matter to me”, TO

  2. TO is selfish and by choosing to not attend the ceremony he has once again made it all about him. No one is talking about the amazing careers of the other inductees instead focusing on Owens egotistical decision. Lewis, Moss, Urlacher and Dawkins should be the focus not the class clown team wrecker Terrell Owens. The less said the better and fans should just let him drift from their memory’s and focus on other guys.

  3. Legitimate points Woodson makes, but in the end, football is just a game and whether T.O. appears at the podium or not doesn’t change much either way.

  4. T.O. should do whatever he wants as nobody is going to care anyway. Talent and numbers got him there as it should. Nowhere does it say that you have to be mentally stable to be a H.O.F. member. If it did T.O. would be out.

  5. Along with thanking those who helped him
    Along the way, this would be a good opportunity to discuss Social Issues that are important to him. It would be a much better time than during our National
    Anthem…although I don’t believe he ever kneeled.

  6. This is the most thoughtful comment I’ve heard about this TO thing. I know T.O. feels he’s misunderstood and all of that but this would be a huge mistake.

  7. I would rescind the hall appointment and make it mandatory to attend unless health reasons won’t allow in the future

  8. SELF….I’d like to thank you for all that you’ve done to get me to this point…thank you!

  9. And that is precisely why he wasn’t elected in his first year of eligibility.

  10. Must be getting harder and harder to stand behind the guy who you pushed so very very hard for to get in with all of these high profile HOF and others coming out like this.

  11. I kinda feel bad for the guy. A recent article on him talked about his finances. If you look at TOs current net worth, it’s only 100k, although he earned $80 million over his career. If you own a home, odds are you are worth at least $100k. That’s nothing. I went to the hall of fame years ago when Jerry Rice went in and the parties these guys throw afterwards is insane. He can not afford it. This is a good lesson on why you don’t burn bridges, because I’m sure any team he didn’t leave on bad terms with would have helped with the cost. But what do you do, put yourself into debt so other people feel good about themselves? He’s probably doing the hard thing and not entirely the selfish thing. IDK…

  12. Sorry, Rod. Your premise is based on an improper assumption. TO doesn’t believe ANYONE helped him get to The Hall. He’s too busy being disappointed that people didn’t bow to his greatness on the first ballot. Turd once, turd forever.

  13. Yes, he does march to the beat of a different drum, but he does have a head on his shoulders. GO T.O. or you will regret it later on in your life.

  14. For TO to show up to the HOF induction would mean he is accepting the fact that voters were not wrong not sending him in first ballot. That he played a role in not getting in on first ballot.. TO has never taken responsibility for his behavior resulting in negative opinions by others.

    Memo to TO: You cannot expect that your every behavioral action to be accepted without push back.. This notion covers everyone including the Pope..

  15. So are we saying TO cant acknowledge these people wherever he decides to hold his speech/ceremony. Just because it doesn’t happen in Canton, doesn’t mean he wont. I mean antics aside he should have been in HOF years ago. So I would still be salty too. I think he should have went to Canton, but I’m not angry either way.

  16. Thanks Rod for trying, but TO will never get it. To him, the sun rises to announce his daily greatness. Trust me, we are better off with him not being there.

  17. He’s not going because he got there all by himself…and most likely that there is nobody that would agree to introduce him. Just go away.

  18. That would require TO to think about something other than himself. Don’t expect that to happen.

  19. Woodson doesn’t understand T.O. …. T.O. thinks everyone hindered him from being the greatest football player ever.

  20. Read an article about why he’s still pissed off at the Niners for not offering him a tryout after he retired and also sending his friend home in a cab once (instead of a limo). This guy takes anything as a sign of disrespect.

  21. Is he being paid to be there? Then why exactly does he have to go? Does he owe anyone anything?

    Hey Bob. You were a great worker at the forge shop you spent 45 years in and we know we had a retirement party for you but it’s been 7 years. Why don’t you come back so we can celebrate your work life again.

    You leave Cabo to go back to Ohio for that?????

  22. How would they make it mandatory to attend? What’s the penalty if you don’t?

    If they pull someone’s induction over this that just makes the Hall look like the joke many already think it is.

  23. Erik N. says:

    I kinda feel bad for the guy. A recent article on him talked about his finances. If you look at TOs current net worth, it’s only 100k, although he earned $80 million over his career. If you own a home, odds are you are worth at least $100k.

    Why feel sorry for him? He made $80M and now he’s broke? Whose fault is that? It’s hard to feel sorry for someone who still acts like a child even though he’s in his 40s. His biggest problem is there’s no chance he can ever get a job in football or in broadcasting because of his terrible attitude and non-stop childish comments. Skipping the HoF because his feelings are hurt won’t help. Whose fault is that? It’s nobody’s but TO’s. I don’t feel sorry for him one bit. In fact, I would be happy if they never ran another story about TO EVER and he would just fade away into his own pathetic life.

  24. T.O. is all about himself. He thinks he is the greatest. He deserves to be in the HOF. In fact he may think that he is better than all the other receivers in the HOF. Therefore he is not going to thank anyone for being inside the HOF. He may whine if he is excluded from it but he thinks he is entitled to be in it. Humility is not part of T.O.’s psyche. Neither is gratitude.

  25. For a guy who never committed a crime and never hurt anyone except himself, and who certainly never hurt anyone commenting here, Owens sure gets a lot of grief and disparaging from people. People who, in many cases, probably have players on their teams of choice who have done worse things without getting the same kind of grief.

    Goes to show that nonconformity will exaggerate the severity of judgment for any offense, perceived or real.

  26. I agree with M. Florio: If there is a waiting line then there needs to be transparency because HoF votes hurt TO’s feels.

  27. Just stop talking about him and the lack of attention will spawn some statement on his part. He may just want people to kiss his butt so he can come back later and show he is in control should he decide to grace everyone with his presence at the ceremony.

  28. The should put his bust in the new Hall annex building…get one of those rubbermaid closets from Home Depot and put it out back so both his fans can go see it in private.

  29. TO is going to go. He just wants the drama. He will thank the 3 greatest people in his life. Me, Myself and I.

  30. I am glad he is not going. Can you imagine the speech? I want to thank TO & no one else. I did all the hard work and I did it all by myself. No coach or teammates did anything for me. And by the way, can I sell sponsorship patches on my jacket? So what if he blew all his money? How did all these old-time players who were superstars pay for the weekend? In 2017, Owens, also known as T.O., launched a luxury “athleisure” clothing line called Prototype 81. He also is promoting a partnership with fast-food chain Jack in the Box. Owens recently drove a van for Jack in the Box, making food deliveries in the Silicon Valley area of California.

  31. thegreatsantini56 says:
    June 18, 2018 at 8:22 am
    And that is precisely why he wasn’t elected in his first year of eligibility.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Which is stupid and seriously has no bearing on whether he should be in or not. LT is a great example of a HOF’er and a terrible human. Having a big ego does not. TO is not my favorite player, but guy kept his nose clean and produced. There are a lot worse people of character in the HOF.

  32. Not a To fan, however I have no qualms with him skipping the induction. It was politics that kept him out in the first place. Tit for tat.

  33. I’d doubt that it would surprise anyone if he Suddenly Decided to Attend.
    It would be another boring display of his “Me, Me” behavior.
    But if he does that, I’d love to see him suddenly have a terrible case of the hiccups during his speech.

  34. I bet T.O. would go if they told him they were going to show the clip of him standing on the Dallas Cowboys star after scoring a touchdown for the Niners.

  35. Do people actually watch HOF speeches? He should go the Jor Pesci route and walk to the podium and just say “thanks” and walk off.

  36. TO is a jerk. Always has been, always will be. End of discussion
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    nope it all started after that catch against GB for the win, that’s when TO came to life, before then he was just terell

  37. @eddiea25 says:

    Yes, he does march to the beat of a different drum, but he does have a head on his shoulders. GO T.O. or you will regret it later on in your life.
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    I agree. If he doesn’t attend, he will end up on somebody’s talk show weeping and moaning about not going and why he didn’t. He needs that publicist that uttered the infamous “Terrell Owens has 27 million reasons not to commit suicide”.

  38. @boknowsvt says:

    Do people actually watch HOF speeches? He should go the Jor Pesci route and walk to the podium and just say “thanks” and walk off.
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    I watch them because I think the speeches are excellent, most of the time. The HOF game is what needs to be eliminated!

  39. imaduffer says:June 18, 2018 at 12:44 pm
    I bet T.O. would go if they told him they were going to show the clip of him standing on the Dallas Cowboys star after scoring a touchdown for the Niners.
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    Niners fan here. That was an incredible game. I would also approve if they also showed the next clip of TO getting creamed by George Teague.

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