Terrell Owens says he’s boycotting HOF enshrinement for those who “had to wait”

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Soon-to-be Hall of Fame receiver Terrell Owens hadn’t said much to explain why he’s not attending the enshrinement ceremony. Some think he won’t be there because none of his former teams will foot the bill for a lavish party. Some think he’s miffed that the Selection Committee passed over him twice. Some think he’s particularly upset about the things that specific voters had said about him to justify making him wait.

Some think he just wants the attention.

On Saturday night, Owens suggested another motivation: That he’s making a statement for all players who had to wait longer than they should have had to wait to get in.

“I’m SO HAPPY for JERRY [Kramer]!!” Owens said in response to someone on Twitter who was criticizing Owens by citing Kramer’s decades-long snub. “[He] shouldn’t have had to wait that damn long either! I’m doing this for guys like him. Past, present and the future.”

If true, it’s admirable — albeit quixotic. The process has real flaws. With only five modern-era candidates winning induction each year, deserving players will from time to time have to wait. It’s a numbers game, plain and simple. And, like anything else hinging on ballots cast by human beings, pettiness and politics will from time to time influence who makes it, and who doesn’t. Nothing Owens or anyone else does is going to change it, unless the suggested revision entails opening the floodgates and letting 15 new Hall of Famers in every year.

Many will say this isn’t Owens’ real motivation, and that he concocted it because it seems far less selfish and (as Dick Vitale — yes, Dick Vitale, for some reason — has repeatedly said) childish if Owens has a cause bigger than himself. Regardless, it’s now clear that T.O.’s two-year wait influenced his decision heavily, and that if he’d been inducted on the first try (like Randy Moss was), Owens would probably be showing up.

135 responses to “Terrell Owens says he’s boycotting HOF enshrinement for those who “had to wait”

  1. More like, “I’m leveraging the accomplishments of others to turn the spotlight on me.”

  2. Owens appears to be an emotionally disturbed (and possibly bipolar) individual. Great player, but a problematic person in general. It’s a shame that he’s making this about everything but accepting the honor of being in the HOF like he should. Everyone loses.

  3. What Owens is doing is bringing all the attention on to himself and taking it away from great players like Lewis, Urlacher, Dawkins, Moss, Kramer, and Beatherd. Most of inductees aren’t first ballot Hall of Famers but they will be enshrined with class and dignity. The only reason MeO wasn’t a 1st ballot player is his total selfishness and lack of understanding the word “TEAM”. As far as I am concerned he shouldn’t even have been voted in at all because he was a cancer on every team he played for. You would think he would have grown up by now but he is even worse then before.

  4. “I’m not going because I’m not getting paid to show up. Tennessee Chattanooga showed how much they appreciate me by paying me to show up!”

  5. I’m not buying this at all. He’s a classic narcissist. And besides that, his stance proves nothing.

  6. Who really cares if Owens shows up? He never cared about his team. It was always ALL ABOUT HIM! The fact that he doesn’t show respect to the HOF tells me what kind of a teammate he must have been. Tremendous athlete / horrible teammate (see LeBron James). TO never got it and never will. He’s not a thankful person for what he has or did… he’s an “I want more guy”. Don’t give this guy a Hall Of Fame ring…give this Diva a tiara. I’m surprised he didn’t snub the HOF and go on Project Runway. He doesn’t have to worry about the heels… he is a heel.

  7. TO using that as an excuse to be a baby. Like Kap using the protesting as an excuse when he was really just pouting about not playing.

  8. I’m fine with Owens doing his own thing. It doesn’t come off nearly as petty as what the NFL is doing.

    They honor people that are long gone all the time. To say they don’t honor Owens because he’s not going to attend is not very honorable at all.

    And if that is really how they are going to handle it… don’t announce that. Why make a public announcement about how petty you plan on being? Just hold your ceremony and we’ll figure it out on our own.

    Oh wait, you mean this is all staged to keep people talking about the NFL? Okay, gotcha. Nevermind… carry on.

  9. First off this is no time a noble cause and secondly if he would have gotten in on the first try ,he could have cared less about those who had to wait ,Iam so glad anything NFL will be able to move on from Mr Happy Being Miserable !

  10. I think some the HOF voters are not qualified, but T.O is just being childish here – Not a surprise though.
    The HOF in the spirit of tit-for-tat has stooped down to the same level.
    Just get rid of the HOF already, and just play football.

  11. If he really feels that strongly about HoF and really wants to stand up for others not getting in then he should adamantly refuse enshrinement instead of all his (typical) whining and prancing.

  12. No,he’s boycotting it in a feeble attempt to get his name back into the news cycle to continue trying to scratch a living out of his now totally irrelevant self.

  13. Terrell Owens Is an egotistical piece of garbage. To get an honor lime this, he should go to the ceremony. He’s an embarrassment to the game of football.

  14. Terrell ,,what about some that say your only happy when your miserable,how would you respond to them ?

  15. Well, if he was as good as Randy Moss, maybe he’d have gotten in on the first try too.

  16. He doesn’t have anybody that is willing to sponsor a big party for him and he doesn’t have the money to throw one for himself…that’s really what this comes down to, so he’s going to skip it instead

  17. When people who can’t swim start to go under they always grab the poor guy next to them and take them down too.

  18. He is accomplishing his goal of getting the sports media and fans talking about him. Repeatedly.

    Why should he be treated differently than you would treat your own young child who is acting out?

  19. too many in the HOF already. 5 a year is far too many and its all getting watered down.

  20. The rules to for getting into the HOF were estabmishes kong before Ownes enteres the league, and entitlement is not in the rules. On the other side of this, the NFL made a decision to honor Owens, and that is what they should do on induction day (whether he attends or not). Why is it that anything NFL seems to deteriorate into adolescence (starting at the top)?

  21. I for one am deeply ashamed I ever doubted the motivations of this great humanitarian who is willing to sacrifice his moment in the Sun for the benefit of his brothers. Of course one can’t help but wonder since the idea was to draw attention to such gross injustice why Owens didn’t say so from the beginning…

  22. Its funny the HOF takes such issue with T.O. over his so called attitude yet openly embraces Micheal Irvin and his coke snorting or Ray McStabby Lewis and his double murder.

    Lewis shouldnt get a gold jacket until he finds his missing white one.

  23. The HOF responded accordingly they basically told T.O. the show is going on without you. It’s the writers that continue to get people riled up over this. Focus should be on those that will be in Canton.

  24. Maybe he couldn’t find anyone willing to present him and he’s embarrassed about it.

  25. What, after all these years T.O. is finally thinking about someone other than himself?

    Not buying it. This is all about T.O., always has been, always will be. And it is precisely why in a team sport, he shouldn’t be in the HoF.

  26. They should put TO’s bust and plaque in a closet in the HoF building. Then congratulate him on getting in, but tell him they won’t put them on display until he shows up for the ceremony.

  27. Just another example of TO’s lack of character and his wanting attention and forgetting about the other HOF inductees. He should receive no attention by the Sports media but they as well have no character.

  28. If only it were true. TO was a lousy teammate. Constantly was negative about teammates, stored up trouble and was a distraction to team. Now he’s a distraction to the HOF. Disgrace

  29. If you stop putting a microphone in this guys face and stop asking him questions, he will go away. He is a petulant child who wants attention. Who really cares if he made the hof, had to wait, or had his feelings hurt. He just played football. If he didn’t, that would have been fine, too. And our lives would all be fine, as well.

  30. It’s the classic, prototypical TO move, isn’t it… Make it all about himself, and claim all attention away from — in this case anyway — far more deserving “teammates.” We’re talking about TO, and as always, that’s the ONLY thing this is about.

  31. The job of the HOF committee isn’t to let everyone in but to keep people out. It is suppose to be exclusive. If you let everyone in than what would be the point. Butler and Atwater should be in before TO but I don’t hear them acting like children.

  32. Henry Ellard belongs in the HOF. He’s the greatest LA Rams wide receiver and had to deal with the Georgia F debacle as owner. He was #3 in receiving yards when he retired 20 years ago. The voters have their heads in the sand.

  33. BuckyBadger says:
    July 15, 2018 at 10:18 am
    The job of the HOF committee isn’t to let everyone in but to keep people out. It is suppose to be exclusive. If you let everyone in than what would be the point. Butler and Atwater should be in before TO but I don’t hear them acting like children

    When I hear “Greatest safeties in the history of football,” Steve Atwater doesn’t even come to mind. When you hear greatest receivers in football, you do think of TO, but throw in “but he was a jerk.” That is all opinion. The thing that is undeniable are stats.

  34. The Hall of Fame should officially put in a rule: If you’re alive and able, and decide not to show up like T. O., your honor is rescinded—for life—and the person with the next highest amount of votes who didn’t make it in will take your place.

    This is EXTREME SELFISHNESS on Owens’s part. Instead of celebrating those who ARE coming, we’re spending far too much time on someone who’s flipped the bird to not just the Hall of Fame, but to this year’s enshrinees, as well as every past member.

    This is a disaster for this dude. I’ve met and interviewed him, and actually liked him. But no way do I condone this madness. He has a right to skip it. But the Hall has a right to diss him. And they should also forgo his bust and blazer, since it doesn’t mean anything to him.

  35. BuckyBadger says:
    July 15, 2018 at 10:18 am
    The job of the HOF committee isn’t to let everyone in but to keep people out. It is suppose to be exclusive. If you let everyone in than what would be the point. Butler and Atwater should be in before TO but I don’t hear them acting like children

    When I hear “Greatest safeties in the history of football,” Steve Atwater doesn’t even come to mind. When you hear greatest receivers in football, you do think of TO, but throw in “but he was a jerk.” That is all opinion. The thing that is undeniable are stats.

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    Atwater was an all 90s 1st team decade player. He was one of the best if not the best safety of his era. He also help his team win two titles while TO took title contenders and destroyed their team. The problem is you guys go off stats in a league that has constantly changed rules to favor offense and there aren’t good stats to show how great Atwater and Butler where.

  36. edahlb says: “Five is already way too many, making it a “Hall of good players”.”
    ================================

    There are 1,696 NFL players and 5 players is 0.294% of that total. That’s 1/3 of 1%. If that’s not the definition of elite, I don’t know what it is in your little fantasy world.

  37. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    July 15, 2018 at 10:41 am
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    JustBlameTrumpOrRussia says:
    July 15, 2018 at 9:48 am
    He’s almost as selfish as Tom Brady and Meveon Bell.
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    Nice to see that patsanoia continues to eat at you like an acid. Throwing in the shot at Bell was a bit lame, so long as he honors an existing contract no one should begrudge a player maximizing his earnings.

  38. edahlb says:
    July 15, 2018 at 8:12 am

    Five is already way too many, making it a “Hall of good players”.

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    Consider that 224 players get drafted every year, not counting any un-drafted free agents. If you only put 5 into the hall of fame each year that’s 2.2% of the NFL historic population.

    *Obviously needs adjusting for facts like not always been 32 teams, not always 7 rounds, etc

  39. Clearly a better player in his early yrs. He ran poor routes and dropped so many open passes while with the Cowboys. If the HOF is about putting together a great career over its duration, I think he should be thankful he got in this soon. I wouldn’t honor him either if I was the HOF. He’s acting like a spoiled and selfish child…par for many of his antics over the course of his career. Show some thankfulness and humility and quit trying to think your better than you are. Disgraceful

  40. He’s right…

    It was an absolute travesty how long it took Art Monk to get in…When he retired, he was arguably the 2nd best receiver ever behind Rice…he was the all time leader in catches while averaging 13.5 yds per catch on a run first team…

  41. He is so full of crap. Oh boo-hoo, he had to wait three years. What a damned pity. Jerry Kramer waited DECADES, Harry Carson waited over a decade, O.J. Anderson still isn’t in. I don’t see any of them crying like babies. Owens is doing this for himself and only himself. No matter how good he was on the field, he wasn’t a good teammate. It was all about him, 24/7. The press should stop stroking his ego by giving him any notice of all. His attitude is a disgrace to the Hall.

  42. headcase to the end i see…sorry to, you weren’t a first ballot hall of famer. you aint randy moss bruh. not even close actually

  43. I say dont list his info in the hall, leave a block of clay for his bust… he wants absense as his hof inshrinement then give him absense

  44. Can anybody explain why TO is not a first ballot guy, but Moss is? They have nearly identical stats and both known for being pains in the behind. Many have suggested Moss didn’t give full effort during his time in Oakland, so it’s not like was really a team- first guy

  45. Mighty BIG of you TO, supporting other players who had to wait. I ain’t buying that crap.

  46. Can we just cut the crap? He’s not going because he’s a whiner and he also can’t afford to throw a party. He also can’t get a team to throw a party for him because he alienated everyone everywhere he went. Idiot!

  47. What is Owens going to do when this is all over? This is the final chapter for him. No one is going to come calling for him to play or be on television. This is it. Is he going to go away quietly? Nah. He has single handedly hijacked the HOF enshrinement this year. Totally made it about him. Again. Like always. Petulant. Just go away already.

  48. I do believe the HOF should be a one time YAY or NAY vote, no so many years on the ballots. After a certain amount of years you know if the person was a hall of famer or not, there is no reason to make them wait.

    BUT if that’s truly what TO is fighting for here he’s going about it the completely WRONG way

  49. Terrell Owens was no randy moss. No he was greater wr than quitter moss. Terrell never walked off the field and into the locker room before the final buzzer and left his teammates on the field like quitter moss. t.o also worked the whole field wasn’t scared to go down the middle of field like alligator arms moss. Jerry rice #1 Terrell Owens #2 randy moss #3. Congratulations t.o. not only with the induction into the NFL hall of fame but also sticking it to the corrupt nfl hall of fame voters.

  50. TO has a point, with his resume he should have been 1st ballot. A two year wait for TO is ridiculous. The 2017 HOF class was awfully weak. The HOF should be embarrassed but of course they are not which says alot about them and their process. TO’s mission is to highlight the voting flaw and the HOF biases. No one can take away from the fact that TO is one of the best WRs to play the game, not even the petty HOF voters.

  51. Who in their right mind believe this? He is simply trying to change the narrative to the I’m a victim that he’s played so well during his career. If you really believe that this is his true intention, come on over and give me the cash for the swamp land deed that I have in Florida!

  52. I don’t know a lot about NFL football. All I know is that I would always make it a point to watch TO play. I hoped he could bring Philly a championship, and I am not a Philly fan. TO is a real human being, warts & all. TO earned better with his play on the field, repeatedly. Everyone is a loser in this awful series of events. It’s a big ugly all around. TO played outstanding NFL football. TO is a real human being. Kudos for keeping it real in a mishmash of PR speak, TO.

  53. Media went at him hard back in the day; He just doesn’t care about them. And frankly he has some legitimate points to be made about them and their self-made importance to the game. He’s not the first to feel this way either.

  54. So, he gets to be the rebel one last time, then off to the dustbin of history.

    I’m sick of it.

  55. I don’t understand people who reject the locker room cancer argument. Does TO have HOF stats? Yes, of course. But locker room cancers like him neutralize a lot of what they contribute due to the polarization they breed. This negatively affects a team’s performance and absolutely should be considered by the voters.

  56. Putting his bust and display near the public restrooms would be another smart move by the hall.

  57. T.O. and Donald Tr*mp have a lot in common.

    It’s always and only about them, thin-skinned, and not very smart.

  58. jimmysee says:
    July 15, 2018 at 2:35 pm
    T.O. and Donald Tr*mp have a lot in common.

    It’s always and only about them, thin-skinned, and not very smart.

    ——–

    So how does it make you feel that this guy who is “not very smart” has more money than you, more power than you and a better looking woman than you?

  59. What a load of cr….p. Owens did not even know Kramer existed until he needed a new excuse for skipping the HOF ceremony. Of course no team will celebrate his selection. All his teammates hated him, not just the ones he threw under the bus. Can anyone out there recall just one time when T.O. complemented someone besides himself???

  60. TO was very good and for his ACL comeback, warrants consideration to be in the HOF. But expecting first time ballot much less third time is just arrogance and his arrogance is a setback. He referenced Kramer… How long did Kramer wait? 40 years? If it took Kramer 40 Owens should wait 20-80 years. Moss (and the game plan utilizing him) revolutionized the game. TO needs to understand he was never the best even in his generation (maybe perennial second best).

  61. nhpats says:
    July 15, 2018 at 2:40 pm
    jimmysee says:
    July 15, 2018 at 2:35 pm
    T.O. and Donald Tr*mp have a lot in common.

    It’s always and only about them, thin-skinned, and not very smart.

    ——–

    So how does it make you feel that this guy who is “not very smart” has more money than you, more power than you and a better looking woman than you?

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Is that’s what’s important to you? You’re as shallow and embarrassing to us all as he is. As for me, it makes me grieve for my country.

  62. I would have never voted for him to get in just because of his opera singer attitude.
    You now ” ME,ME,ME,MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE”

  63. No he’s not! It’s because he’s mentally unstable & can’t pass up the chance to make it all about T.O. He didn’t get in sooner by his own doing. He’s a cancer who burned many bridges. It’s time to put this clown in the rear view mirror and move the show along!!

  64. Jerome Bettis is in the HOF. Move it to 15 and everybody gets a participation medal!

    Take some of these writers/columnists who never played a snap of ball out of voting and let some Hall of Famers coaches/players in the voting process.

  65. July 15, 2018 at 2:35 pm
    T.O. and Donald Tr*mp have a lot in common.

    It’s always and only about them, thin-skinned, and not very smart.

    ——–

    So how does it make you feel that this guy who is “not very smart” has more money than you, more power than you and a better looking woman than you?

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Is that’s what’s important to you? You’re as shallow and embarrassing to us all as he is. As for me, it makes me grieve for my country.

    ….So you watched Obama divide and destroy this country for 8 years, and now someone
    exposes all his corruption and you now grieve?

    Keep tuning into CNN

  66. edahlb says:
    July 15, 2018 at 8:12 am
    Five is already way too many, making it a “Hall of good players”.
    _______________________________________________________________

    Completely agree! In addition, the core path to “Fame” has dramatically changed in the present technology age. Today if you have the means,you can keep your name in the minds of the voters, beginning the day you retire by saturating social media and keeping your name in the forefront of their minds.
    I am not saying it is better or worse,but definitely different now.

  67. To Terribly Obnoxious – your fifteen minutes ended years ago. Children should be seen and not heard. You shot yourself in the foot, no excuses – good riddance

  68. Well I wasn’t going to watch it to protest him going into the HOF. So now this works out for the better, for me. Haha!

  69. Original HOF inductees waited years because there was no HOF. Wait period should be 15 years and no employed sports announcers allowed. The voters would have to do research and the popularity contest it is now would end.

  70. As if anyone cares Terrell. The only legacy you will have ‘if’ remembered is one of even Jerks make it in sometimes. Go back to irrelevancy.

  71. It’s a shame. He could have shown up and shown he’s more mature and could have given a very memorable speech but instead he just shows that he is all about himself and it never has mattered about anybody but him

  72. Let’s stop talking about it and ignore him, media included. This is nothing more than a publicity stunt, and this is the last time that I will address this stunt by The Player.

  73. To all the people crying that T.O. is bad person or was a bad teammate…..who cares?? Is it the Hall of Nice Guys or is it the Hall of What I Did on the Field?? The numbers T.O. put up means he deserves to be inducted and it should have happened the first chance he was eligible. HIS/THE NUMBERS DO NOT LIE!!!!

  74. Moron… the HOF should rescind his nomination for being a bozo!! Enough of these damn protests etc!!

  75. As someone who Continues to wait for my induction into the NFL Hall of Fame, I am very appreciative of TO’s actions here, and I know that it will change everything!
    Thank you, TO, oh, Thank you…

  76. T.O. didn’t even deserve to be a first ballot hall of fame player. He is well known for Alligator arms and dropping too many balls. I also question how well he ran routes and got open because his most productive seasons were with improvisational QB’s. The 2 most important things a receiver needs to be able to do are to get open and catch the ball and those may have been his biggest weaknesses. He was great after the catch but he needed QB’s that could scramble out of trouble to get him the ball. If you need evidence for my position, just go to pro-football reference.com and compare T.O.’s catch % to Jerry Rice’s. Now they don’t have number of targets for all of Rice’s career but for the period that the do have, Rice caught 67.9% of passes that were targeted to him. T.O. on the other hand caught 57.7% of passes targeted to him. 10% is a lot and I don’t think Joe Montana is the reason that there is that much of a difference. I think Rice’s would be higher if they had the numbers for his first 7 years because his number were closer to T.O. later in his career.

  77. .
    Wow this is how pathetic TO was/is…
    He could have had more TD’s than Moss if he wasn’t such an…
    I would have played for $1 just to overtake Randy Moss.
    WOW, pathetic!

    Rank Player TD
    1 Jerry Rice+ 197
    2 Randy Moss+ 156
    3 Terrell Owens+ 153

  78. T.O., such a valiant stance….. too bad he’s full of crap!!!
    He’s just being a selfish Diva….. a move he mastered in the NFL better than any other!!!!

  79. jimmysee says:

    July 15, 2018 at 8:24 am

    He’s still a piece of work after all these years.

    ….well a piece of “something” perhaps

  80. By not showing up, I think Owens is actually doing the other inductees a favor. Owens is in an angry phase of his life and acting out in Canton would create much bigger controversies. I hope T.O. gains perspective in the coming years and gains appreciation of being a hall of famer even if it took longer than he expected.

  81. Right.

    I can’t hear you over Jerry Kramer.

    7x All-Pro, 5x 1st-Team

    Will Shields – 7x All-Pro, only 3x 1st-Team
    Russ Grimm – 4x All-Pro, 3x 1st-Team

    If anyone should protest, its Kramer. Instead, he recognizes what a honor it is, and is honoring the tradition, regardless of politics or personal resentment over the process.

  82. The man is a delusional diva that cannot stand sharing the limelight. He wants everything to be about him. He is lying when he says it is for others especially considering a couple guys who had to wait will be honored on that stage this summer. The Hof should not recognize him at all during the ceremony. Place his bust in the hall and mail him his gold jacket but as for the ceremony they should not mention him at all. Simply introduce the “Attendees from the Hall of Fame Class of 2018” and move along.

  83. TO in his time was prob the most dominant wr in the game. As for character… if character counted how did Ray Murderer Lewis get in? The hall should have put their big boy pants on and inducted him long ago. It’s about play .. it’s not a popularity , good guy contest

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