T.O. defends his HOF no-show

AP

Receiver Terrell Owens has come under attack from many for his decision not to attend the Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony. Even Dick Vitale, an annoying fountain of reckless positivity, has repeatedly called T.O. out, dubbing his decision “childish.”

Owens nevertheless remains committed to his decision.

“It’s always unfortunate and people have a lot to say when someone does something different, but what I’m doing is not wrong,” Owens said prior to Wednesday’s ESPY awards.

“For me I think, overall, everybody’s obviously wondering what went into my decision. I think John Wooden said it best: ‘Be more concerned about your character than your reputation.’ I think what the noise is right now is more about my reputation than my actual character.”

Owens insisted that he’s not trying to offend the members of his newest team.

“They’re making the narrative more so about me offending the Hall of Famers, and that has nothing to do with it,” Owens said. “I respect all of those Hall of Famers that have gone in before me and going in with me and after me. It has nothing to do with those Hall of Famers.”

Owens has recently said that he’s boycotting the ceremony for the Hall of Famers who have had to wait longer than they should have. But that may have been a narrative fashioned in the wake of the criticism; the real reason(s) may be more related to: (1) the unwillingness of any of his former teams to throw a lavish party for him in Canton; and (2) the over-the-top manner in which some voters attacked Owens to justify his omission from the Hall of Fame on his first two tries. Throw in Randy Moss getting in on the first try, and that probably was enough to get T.O. to decide on a no-show.

48 responses to “T.O. defends his HOF no-show

  1. Change the HOF rules. If you’re alive and decide not to show for your HOF induction, you don’t get in. TO, you just justified WHY there was a question on whether or not you should get in. Also, if you played for more than 3 NFL teams in your career, you probably shouldn’t be eligible either. There’s no doubt this dude was a gamer, and I was on his side during the Philadelphia debacle, but in the end, he’s tarnishing his legacy by pulling this stunt.

  2. There is no defending T.O.’s stand. The enshrinement ceremony is meant to honor the inductees. The only thing T.O. accomplishing is to further tarnish his legacy.

  3. If this were really about boycotting the NFL Hall of Fame and those who didn’t make first ballot, not yet another attempt to make it all about himself, he would decline being in the HoF entirely rather than staging his own celebration and acceptance.

    And for each of the allegedly snubbed players whom he feels should have been first ballot over the decades, who should not have made it that year?
    Who should be bumped to make room for that player the following year? Hopefully not another newly eligible deserving first-ballot honors…

  4. Happy Eagles fan here…

    Being on TO’s side through the Eagle’s debacle? Scratching my head on that one. I would genuinely like to hear why? Maybe I am missing something.

    This is how I understand it. He played one year on his 7 year contract that he chose to sign and wanted a pay raise because he had one good season and played well in the Super Bowl although we won the NFC championship without him, which has the hump we couldn’t get over. How could anyone be on his side for what he did to the Eagles? That is why he lost tons of money for his actions and the Eagles won its case for behavior that was detrimental to the team. He tried to finagle a raise one year into a 7 year deal that he signed and ended up getting zero dollars for that year. He told Brad Childress, the Eagles OC at the time, that Brad should only talk to TO if TO talks to him first. LOL Unreal!!!

    But seriously I am interested to see if I am missing something about TO and why I should sympathize with him.

  5. dolphin80 says:

    ” Change the HOF rules. If you’re alive and decide not to show for your HOF induction, you don’t get in. TO, you just justified WHY there was a question on whether or not you should get in. Also, if you played for more than 3 NFL teams in your career, you probably shouldn’t be eligible either. There’s no doubt this dude was a gamer, and I was on his side during the Philadelphia debacle, but in the end, he’s tarnishing his legacy by pulling this stunt.”

    This is why Owens is protesting the hall. Getting in should only be about his performance on the field. It should have nothing to do with his attitude or how many teams he played for. Those things are completely irrelevant.

    Here’s what’s relevant:
    15,000 + receiving yards (2nd all time)
    153 tds (3rd all time )
    5 time all pro team
    6 time pro bowler

    Also Owens became the only receiver in the history of the NFL to be named a First Team All-Pro selection with three different organizations

  6. I think the HOF and TO have both been wrong in the past.

    Currently, I believe the HOF will mention TO’s name as an inductee at the ceremony, and they should. I also understand that since he won’t be there in person, the HOF will not be having a presenter on behalf of TO and that makes sense to me as well. If he doesn’t want to show up, then no need to have anyone speak for him on his behalf if it’s not that important to him, but his name should be mentioned during the ceremony as an inductee.

    However, in the past, TO has made mistakes, and I believe those who debated whether TO gets in or not made mistakes and too much was said publicly. Everyone knows TO’s past. The HOF voters should have never gotten into a public conversation about TO. We know how he behaves, and some HOF voters erred by making public comments and airing their criticism when you know TO is not going to sit back and say nothing.

  7. “Throw in Randy Moss getting in on the first try, and that probably was enough to get T.O. to decide on a no-show.”

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    Please, every team/GM/NFL owner takes Moss over TO every day and twice on Sunday. Moss wrecked defensive coordinators schemes and philosophies. TO was a good receiver who mostly thrived/excelled when attached to HoF or elite level QB’s. Thats not to say TO isn’t deserving of the Hall, but he couldn’t hold Moss’s jock on his best day!

  8. This is a manufactured slight on TO’s part. He got elected into the greatest HOF on his 3rd try. It’s an honor. Not a snub.

  9. He is wrapped up in himself. I wish he could understand the word HISTORY. He will not be remembered for being a HOF’er. He will be remembered for this foolish stunt meant to garner attention which is great when you are relatively young but won’t feel the same when you hit 60.

    I know. I am 61 and the regrets I have now over the foolish, attention getting baloney that I pulled in my younger years can be hard to swallow. Been doing a lot of “wish I made a better choice back then” and apologizing.

  10. dolphin80 says:
    July 19, 2018 at 8:51 am
    Change the HOF rules. If you’re alive and decide not to show for your HOF induction, you don’t get in.

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    Why exactly? What does the ceremony have to do with a player’s career? Players are inducted based upon their career are they not?

    You sound like an angry power hungry individual. People like you should not be in positions of authority over anyone or anything. Now go back to yelling at the neighbors kids to “stay the he!! off your lawn”!

  11. If he justified not attending because the hall of fame refused to cooperate with a subpoena issued in the eli manning fraud case would that be more reasonable?

  12. By the numbers, he should have been a first ballot. I have no issue with him not attending, lets look into the character of the voters and see if there deserve to be there.

  13. Owens character is questionable because he divided every locker room he was in. He hasn’t stopped making everything about himself and never will.

  14. His numbers are impressive, but shouldn’t character also be a big part of the equation? Would OJ have gotten in if he had killed his wife before the vote? His numbers are very impressive, are we too ignore the rest? I know OJ is an extreme example, but still..

  15. I was a huge TO fan when he was with the Niners. When he was first with the team, he was lauded for being very humble, quiet, and calling everyone, including reporters, sir. He had a LOT of drops, but you could see his potential and how hard he worked, especially with Jerry Rice mentoring him. Then, he started getting really weird, irrationally emotional, and more diva like (standing on the Cowboys star). He bashed Jeff Garcia and other coaches. He became a real cancer in the locker room and that never changed once he went to other teams.

  16. I can only wonder how Wooden would feel if he knew his quote was being used as a reason to NOT show for the HoF. He is just never going to get it. The more he mansplains his decision the worse it gets. He talks about character and then proceeds to show less and less of it.

    By this logic, Ray Guy should have tried to burn the place down to the ground when he was inducted – lol

  17. Honestly, I blame the HOF more than TO. TO says he doesn’t want to go. Ok. That’s his call. Instead of dropping it the HOF comes out and publicly announce “well, we’re going to ignore him and not mention his name.” Really? That sounds like the nonsense we used to do in junior high when we were mad at someone.

    Someone needs to be the bigger person here.

  18. Me, me, me, me. If the media would just drop it we wouldn’t have to hear me, me, me. Stop asking questions and reporting every time he says “me”.

  19. To anoint himself as the voice of those players who were inducted later than they expected or would have hoped is proof of his narcissism.

    Owens is beyond repair.

  20. “T.O. should have been born a millennial. Poster child.”

    That’s actually an insult to millennials, if you can believe that. lol

  21. Kinda like a little kid.. “I want that.. I want that….” no, you can’t have that.. “but I want that… I want that…” ok, you can have that. No, I don’t want that anymore.” What a little female dog.

  22. He can do what he wants, but the public is going to think it’s childish.

    He cries about not getting in, then he gets in and decides not to go.

    He’s always been different though, that’s for sure.

    Hell it wouldn’t surprise me for him to stills how up at the HOF during the ceremony.

  23. Maybe the HoF can mount his bust in the men’s room. Better yet the women’s…

  24. “Throw in Randy Moss getting in on the first try, and that probably was enough to get T.O. to decide on a no-show.”

    —-

    Please, every team/GM/NFL owner takes Moss over TO every day and twice on Sunday. Moss wrecked defensive coordinators schemes and philosophies. TO was a good receiver who mostly thrived/excelled when attached to HoF or elite level QB’s. Thats not to say TO isn’t deserving of the Hall, but he couldn’t hold Moss’s jock on his best day!

    ——————————————

    As a long time Raiders fan, I watched Randy Moss give up on more routes than a kid throwing a tantrum in a pee wee football game. Randy Moss quit on his team. He is not a winner. To say he is far above T.O would be a mistake and a gross overstatement. Moss was not a team player, quit on his team and consistently had a bad attitude. He and T.O could be brothers.

  25. As a long time Raiders fan, I watched Randy Moss give up on more routes than a kid throwing a tantrum in a pee wee football game. Randy Moss quit on his team. He is not a winner. To say he is far above T.O would be a mistake and a gross overstatement. Moss was not a team player, quit on his team and consistently had a bad attitude. He and T.O could be brothers.

    The only thing TO wrecked in his career was every lockeroom he was apart of and his reputation. He thrived off of great QB’s and teams with multiple legit weapons on it. Every single Defensive Coordinator after week 4 of Moss’s rookie year schemed to stop him, heck not even stop, just contain him. No one ever said that about him. He was good to great, his numbers are excellent. But he should never and will never be mentioned as a transitional wide receiver. Rice, Carter, Moss, Megatron, possibly Antonio Brown… Generational WR’s. TO??? Not even close. Also, who didn’t quit on that Raiders team?? Jk

  26. Terrell Owens was one of the great WRs I have ever seen.
    Great athlete, great player, he got it done on the field.

    Terrell Owens thinks he is bigger then the game of Football.
    He is NOT.

  27. Just because we don’t think much of TO or the NFL players spouting off, does not make us haters.
    I just look at the headlines, very rarely the articles.

  28. “They’re making the narrative more so about me offending the Hall of Famers, and that has nothing to do with it,” Owens said. “I respect all of those Hall of Famers that have gone in before me and going in with me and after me. It has nothing to do with those Hall of Famers.”

    _________________

    Couple of weeks ago, he was doing it on behalf of all those old players who had to wait like he did. Now it has NOTHING to do with them.

    Good thing, guys like Jerry Kramer who finally get in 40 years too late don’t need Terrell Owens to represent them. T.O. has NOTHING for them and after this little tirade, he doesn’t deserve to be on the same field as the guys who came before him. Mailing him his jacket “parcel post – postage due” sounds about right.

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