Terrell Owens puts on his gold jacket, criticizes Hall of Fame voters

AP

Terrell Owens officially becomes a Pro Football Hall of Famer today, and he officially becomes the first Hall of Famer to boycott the enshrinement ceremony.

Owens instead gave a speech in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in which he critiqued the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s selection committee, which is made up primarily of members of the media.

“The sports writers are not in alignment with the mission and core values of the Hall of Fame,” Owens said, via Kevin Boilard of 24/7 Sports.

Owens said he showed courage by sticking to his guns.

“I am a man of courage. Courageous enough to choose Chattanooga over Canton,” he said.

But if Owens wanted to be courageous, why not speak truth to power, show up in Canton and deliver the same remarks there, face to face with the Hall of Fame voters who attend the enshrinement ceremony? Why not follow the lead of Lynn Swann, who was snubbed for many years before finally getting voted in to the Hall of Fame, and who used his enshrinement speech to advocate for his teammate John Stallworth, who had been similarly snubbed. The next year, the voters put Stallworth in the Hall of Fame, too.

Owens gave his speech and made his case, but the voters he wants to persuade weren’t there to hear it.

132 responses to “Terrell Owens puts on his gold jacket, criticizes Hall of Fame voters

  1. I don’t agree with how he’s handled everything, but he should have gone in on the first ballot. Period.

    Randy Moss had far more issues with teams and off the field than Owens ever did and he gets in on the first ballot because he’s now a member of the media.

  2. Somehow, somewhere he lost his soul. Look at who this many was when he caught that famous TD from Steve Young. Compare the reaction, the interview, the man we saw at that time, to the man we saw in his last several years playing. To the man we see today. He’s changed. He’s jaded. Something is truly wrong. He is lost.

  3. Guy would literally light himself on fire to try to be relevant again. You get back what you put out. Karma will catch up to you eventually. This is a prime example. Dude had all the talent on earth, and the maturity level of a 5 year old…

  4. Nobody really cares about this and he is simply a footnote to this year’s induction. He has an inflated value of his NFL worth as well. Does he think that he even registers as a top hall of fame? He is not even the best WR inducted this year?

  5. “Why not follow the lead of Lynn Swann…”

    Maybe because Swann only did it to help Stallworth get in? I don’t know his true motives, but it’s been clear to any legit NFL fan that Owens was a great WR, and should’ve been voted in in his first year of eligibility.

    Not sure why Owens should have to do it any way other than his own way. Everybody knows who he is, and he’s been very consistent staying that way. Like him or not, he has the integrity to be himself, and face the consequences. He seems to be doing just fine.

  6. While not being anti-journalist, I think there’s a case to be made for former players voting on entrees to the hall. Require they played in the league 5+ years and have been retired at least 5 years and then are eligible to vote. Its really them who should have the keys to deciding who was great at their sport.

  7. He could’ve gone into the HOF as someone to be admired and appreciated for his football skills. Instead, he’s just going to be a sad footnote and a cautionary tale. What a waste: a million-dollar talent and a ten-cent head.

  8. “Why not follow the lead of Lynn Swann, who was snubbed for many years before finally getting voted in to the Hall of Fame,”

    BECAUSE LYNN SWANN DOESN’T DESERVE TO BE IN THE H.O.F.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Lynn should be thankful he wore the black & mustard, without it he is simply another career 336 catch (250+ all-time), less than 5,500 yard(232nd), 51 TD (T-115) Wide Receiver.
    Del Shofner??? Frank Clarke??? Tony Hill??? Charley Hennigan??? Ever hear of these guys?
    All played during or before Swann’s era, all have better numbers, more accolades. Some suited up for big name franchises like NYG or Dallas.
    But they were not part of the Western PA – Eastern Ohio region/ connection…just like Swann should not be a part of the HOF.

  9. But if Owens wanted to be courageous, why not speak truth to power, show up in Canton and deliver the same remarks there,
    ===================================================

    And waste his own money for the trip? The league doesn’t pay for it and you certainly wouldn’t volunteer your money. The HOF has been irrelevant ever since Dungy got in.

  10. I must have missed the part of the HOF selection process that says you have to show up to Canton. TO has demons, like most of us, and his come out through actions like this. In his head he’s totally justified. Who am I as a guy who has only seen him perform on TV and never talked to the dude or anything to judge how he celebrates what is the capstone to his life’s work?

    Nobel Prize winners don’t always show up for the ceremony and that’s a far more prestigious and exclusive club than a sports HOF. Celebrate TO for taking his god given abilities as far as they could go. That’s something few people ever achieve.

  11. A guy who spends his time in front of a microphone bashing the media…hmmmm, where have I heard that before?

  12. T.O. was a tremendous talent on the field, but that is overshadowed by him being selfish, egotistical, immature, and insecure … so sad that he doesn’t get it. Seems he’s suffering from the same mental shortfalls as that Trump guy.

  13. I have never see so much Hate AND Conceit in a person given the biggest honor in the business. If it were up to me, I’d take the jacket back and use his bust as a door stop
    on the outhouse door! Dude is just screwing up the last stop on the bus. I wonder who will be the first one to spit on his bust?

  14. Rate This

    NinersFan1973 says:

    August 4, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    I don’t agree with how he’s handled everything, but he should have gone in on the first ballot. Period.

    Randy Moss had far more issues with teams and off the field than Owens ever did and he gets in on the first ballot because he’s now a member of the media.

    —–

    Randy Moss’s issues off the field were minor. He was immature more than anything. He also wasn’t cancer to teams, more to himself with his not wanting to give 100% on every play. But on the field, it isn’t even close. He changed entire offenses. The Vikings set the NFL scoring record with Randy Moss and then the Pats set the NFL scoring record with Moss. That isn’t by accident. When he decides to play, no one was as much of a game changer. To say he got in on the first ballot because he is a media member is silly.

  15. It’s funny, TO has never been in trouble with the law, injured no one etc…he tells the truth and is despised for it…he always stood for the pledge too. Lol, some people just have hatred in their hearts no matter what.

  16. I’d much rather listen to Terrell Owens speak than a self congratulatory egotistical beat the rap dancing white suit losing two time murderer like Ray Lewis.

    Say what you like about T.O. no arrests, no ped or drug suspensions and he sure as hell never killed anybody.

    Congrats T.O., one of the all time greats!!!

  17. There’s no way Swann should be in the HoF. He’s an example of the media taking care of it’s own. Terrible example to cite if tring to counterpoint T.O….it plays right into what Owens is saying.

    He’s a perfect example of a guy getting in because he was a well liked member of the media and not based on merit or his accomplishments on the field, and he then compounded than error by using his influence to get another dubious (albeit, far more deserving than he was) candidate in because he was his friend and teammate.

    I would have rather seen him in the Canton ceremony, too. But it’s not like he’s incorrect in what he is saying.

  18. Terrell Owens must be honored as one of the “new breed” of NFL Hall of Famers; uniquely talented, unrelenting pass catching ability, gifted speed, ability to re-sign with another team after being released from many teams even though he possesses aforementioned qualities…headstrong, “me first” mentality, emotionally immature, unable to handle criticism, locker room cancer cell, and all around narcissist.

    Yes Terrell, when I think of the word “courage,” I think of you… NOT.

    What kind of idiot would equate you with “courage”?

    Seriously, when I think of “courage”, I think of our law enforcement and military personnel.

    Take your popcorn and shove it.

  19. The HOF has become a complete joke, when you see inductees like Jerry Jones and Bobby Betheard, its too comical.
    The HOF should be for great players only voted in by HOF members, that’s the solution!
    No more media clowns holding grudges as voters!

  20. homerhunter says:
    August 4, 2018 at 5:24 pm
    Jerry Kramer waited 45 years and is grateful.

    ———————-

    And it’s ridiculous that he had to. 7 rings, 5 All-Pros, lead blocker on Lombardi’s revolutionary power sweep, the Ice Bowl, etc. He was unquestionably one of the 2 greatest guards (along with Dick Stanfel) of all-time when he retired. Comparing eras is problematic, of course, but you could make a pretty compelling argument that only Gene Upshaw and John Hannah have surpassed him in the 45 years since.

  21. Owens is just following the lead of the Commander in Sensitive Snowflake who insanely tweets out insults and is a massive narcissist

  22. Older generations before Jerry Kramer was elected. Really need to elect those before anybody else. As it is a joke. And really most of these players were team players. For TO it is all about me me me. Sad but true.

  23. oh they heard it and they’re guilty as sin. but their arrogance is so profound that they’re immune to the message. btw, has peter king reminded us lately that he has a vote and is very powerfuand influential?

  24. God bless Jerry Kramer waiting 45 years and being grateful, that’s great. God bless him. TO isn’t Jerry Kramer Incase people forgot.

  25. Swann is a HOF member because he was a member of the media. Just like Warner, Carter, Irvin, Dungy etc.

  26. Cmon you don’t think they screen all the speech’s before given?? There’s no way he coulda given that speech in canton but hey it makes for a great rebuttal in your story to further vilify him.

  27. rogbg says:
    August 4, 2018 at 5:43 pm
    T.O. was a tremendous talent on the field, but that is overshadowed by him being selfish, egotistical, immature, and insecure … so sad that he doesn’t get it. Seems he’s suffering from the same mental shortfalls as that Trump guy.&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&7&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&
    You Liberals are quite the piece of work! Trum is out there UN-DOING the damage done by O(bum)a, the jon market is taking off,Trump has finally delt with N. Korea and Iran in that horrible deal by the biggest loser we have had as chief Executive. The traffic of illegals sneaking across the border is at a fraction of what it has been since the 70’s. Trump brought China to the table about the unfair tariffs they have imposed, perhaps he will even get some factories reopened, jobless rates have fallen, yet you still bash him. I honestly cannot fathom the fantasy Liberals live in? This isn’t a story book you can wish to make happen! This is real life and your Flower Power mentality makes ZERO Fiscal sense. Why don’t you invite 10 or 15 illegals into your home, to eat your food, watch them work for cash and sending 80% of it home to bring more up all the time letting you feed them, and pay for them having 7 or 8 children all the while never giving back in any way except bring illegal drugs and violence, especially like the gang (Westside Locos) I have to live with in this small town, we have had 4 murders ALL by illegals using a knife… This is EXACTLY what you want so why don’t YOU take the incentive but you always want someone ELSE to pay for it.

  28. Maybe learn some manners, but it’s too late. He took his own rude walk and didn’t have the courage to stand up at Canton and say all this.
    What a looser. Too bad it can’t be taken away😎

  29. I’m so happy people have mentioned Lymn Swann not being deserving of the HOF!

    It was painful to watch Art Monk get passed over every year while Swann was already in with his average 37 catches per year.

  30. “Why not follow the lead of Lynn Swann, who was snubbed for many years before finally getting voted in to the Hall of Fame, and who used his enshrinement speech to advocate for his teammate John Stallworth, who had been similarly snubbed.”

    That sounds too much like right… Something T.O. knows nothing about

  31. Not many remember Swann’s speech. But not many will forget Owens didn’t even show up. Way more poignant. I’m glad he didn’t bow down to this league or this for-profit organization that uses volunteers. Stop pretending he owed anybody anything. The league took 5+ prime years from him. He doesn’t owe them a damn thing.

  32. They man had a point. Do athletes vote on who is the sportswriter of the year or the NSMA Hall of Fame? I can understand him being upset that someone not his peer judges his life’s work and determines if he’s worthy to be one of the best. Do you think Kramer would’ve had to wait 45 years…I’m 44, so he finished playing long before I was born, if he was voted on by other players? Maybe it’s time to reassess the entire process.

  33. With technology, voters can hear his message LOUD AND CLEAR!

    CONGRATS T.O.

    THE NFL HOF IS A JOKE AND VERY POLITICAL

  34. ARod(in his collarbone) says:
    August 4, 2018 at 6:43 pm
    T.O. Is a baby, he would fit right in on the GB Packers.
    ___________________

    Since T.O. is a petty, jealous, self entitled D-bag, he obviously could be a Viking fan.
    And because he’s never won a Super Bowl, he’d fit right in with the rest of the historical Viking lineup.

  35. rogbg says:
    August 4, 2018 at 5:43 pm
    T.O. was a tremendous talent on the field, but that is overshadowed by him being selfish, egotistical, immature, and insecure … so sad that he doesn’t get it. Seems he’s suffering from the same mental shortfalls as that Trump guy.

    So sad to ruin a valid post by giving in to a adolescent urge at the end.

  36. From ESPN:

    Owens also dropped some humor in when a fan yelled out, “I love you, T.O.”

    “I love you, too,” Owens said. “But I love me more.”

    I don’t think TO was joking…..

  37. This is someone who has overvalued his position in life. You just played football. Everywhere you went you were a d head and people couldn’t wait for you to leave. This last stunt to ” shun canton ” is the last grasp you have for relevance. You have failed at everything following retirement and are starving for attention. At the end of the day people will say that guy was a very good football player but left no other impact in this world…pathetic.

  38. At some point you’d think he’d grow up but he never will. He always wants to play the victim and doesn’t realize his biggest enemy is himself. He’ll always act like a petulant child. He was a great WR but he’s a lousy human being. He just needs to let it go and get over it.

  39. I realize TO is a classic Narcissist, and that was his main objective here. It’s always about him, and that will be the narrative that defines his career. But their seems to be a double standard at times. And I doubt he cares about players not being inducted. For example, the media talked about him being a bad teammate as their reasoning. Ok Fine. But you have Steve McNair, a teammate that was beloved for his toughness, and put up comparable stats to the QB’s of his day in the hall. Warner, Aikman, Young. They all are members of the media. And in the Hall, but Mcnair isn’t. Just an observation.

  40. How did he get his hands on the jacket? He should not have been given it if he didn’t bother showing up for the cereomony…

  41. All this because it took 2-3 years to get into the HOF. Jeez what an Ego so huge that he’s still probably not happy about being in. He won’t ever appreciate it or enjoy it. Pretty sad actually

  42. He’s handled this like a baby, but he should have gone in on the first ballot. As great as Moss was, he was notorious for taking plays off if he wasn’t getting the ball. Owens never did that, not once. He was an effective and willing blocker, a transcendent receiver, and for all of his many, MANY faults, he gave 100% on the field.

    So many of the Hall of Fame selectors want it to be about them, not the people who actually contributed to football, and that needs to change.

  43. I would have liked to seen Owens make his point with examples.

    A perfect example is 1970’s All Decade and Super Bowl winning quarterback Ken Snake Stabler. That piece of trash writer Paul Zimmerman’s crusade against Stabler over a personal issue is one of the biggest travesties in Hall of Fame history.

    The Pro Football Hall of Fame also has it’s own issues outside of their many biased and judgmental writers. Such as withholding Hall of Fame rings and jackets from the families of Hall of Famers such as Stabler. They waited until after this legend died to elect him. Then they withheld his rightfully earned property from his heirs.

  44. Ron Jull says:
    August 4, 2018 at 8:36 pm

    Career homicides :

    Terrell Owens – 0
    Ray Lewis – 2

    Exactly why is everyone trashing on T.O.?

    ————

    Because they’re a bunch of clowns who can’t separate their personal distaste for T.O.’s narcissistic personality from his obviously transcendent playing career.

    His only sin was being too mouthy for a bunch of weak-willed QB’s who couldn’t handle his criticism. He gave 110% to the game all day, every day and deserves to be in the Hall.

    The puritans in this thread who think you should only be recognized for your greatness if you behave like a preacher (or like Ray Lewis fakes it) are the real cancer here.

  45. He never understood football is team sport and even today he fails to see that
    What player would not want to be able to shake the hand of the men in that elite club?

  46. I’d much rather listen to Terrell Owens speak than a self congratulatory egotistical beat the rap dancing white suit losing two time murderer like Ray Lewis.

    Say what you like about T.O. no arrests, no ped or drug suspensions and he sure as hell never killed anybody.

    Congrats T.O., one of the all time greats!!!

  47. Terrell Owens is wearing a gold HOF jacket. Regardless of where he donned it, he is wearing it. Your tears are making it ever so much better. He deserves it, and no one can deny it… but I appreciate your tears. The crying makes it all the better.

  48. Loved watching him as a player, but always left me shaking my head when he would open his mouth. Such an amazing talent that never saw its full potential. Wish the guy luck, and hope he finds some peace in that head of his.

  49. Dear ME OH. You were a great individual player. You were a lousy team player. Simple as that in a team sport. You don’t deserve HOF

  50. People are really obsessed about this guy. A lot of people that actually love to hate out there. They love it more than anything else.

  51. I hate to say it, but I agree in part with TO. He should have been inducted on his first ballot. Sure he had his issues, but he was a game changer, a hard worker, and one of the very best relievers in the league for a decade.

  52. His protest was stupid but he is not wrong. Sportwriters should not get a vote as to who is a HOFer. The criteria for HOF is pretty straightfrward – were you a great player? NOTHING about being polite or helpful to a sportwriter’s career. In fact, one voter actually said he would not have voted for him if he knew he was going to protest the ceremony – WTF? Being an ass is NOT a criteria for the HOF. Apparently being investigated in the death of a guy DURING YOUR CAREER does not affect you getting in on the first ballot, being an ass is? WTF? Michael Irvin and Randy Moss were smarter than TO. They got jobs in the media to cozy up to the voters, buy them a round or just “hang out” with them for a few years to smooth the way to the HOF … is that the better way? ask sportwriters that who did not vote fr To the first years eligible?

  53. Incredible talent. Meet…. look at me. It’s ok to be proud. Another to be self entitled

  54. Zach Thomas while not a receiver had more total tackles than any linebacker in the HOF when he retired. (1727 total, now 3rd to Junior Seau & Ray Lewis). He was a 7 time Pro Bowler & 5 time All Pro. Brian Urlacher was a 1st ballot HOF’er with 350 fewer total tackles & fewer All Pro’s. (4 vs 5). Thomas was a unanimous All American but wasn’t taken until the 5th round while Urlacher was a 1st round pick. He hasn’t even come close to being voted into the HOF. Yet I’ve never heard Zach Thomas bitch about it. He used it as motivation to be a better man & a better person.

  55. Richard Nguyen says:
    August 4, 2018 at 9:13 pm
    Ron Jull says:
    August 4, 2018 at 8:36 pm

    Career homicides :

    Terrell Owens – 0
    Ray Lewis – 2

    Exactly why is everyone trashing on T.O.?

    ————

    Because they’re a bunch of clowns who can’t separate their personal distaste for T.O.’s narcissistic personality from his obviously transcendent playing career.

    His only sin was being too mouthy for a bunch of weak-willed QB’s who couldn’t handle his criticism. He gave 110% to the game all day, every day and deserves to be in the Hall.

    The puritans in this thread who think you should only be recognized for your greatness if you behave like a preacher (or like Ray Lewis fakes it) are the real cancer here.

    Rod Smith. UDFA. 2 Superbowls.. Probably never get in. Oh btw, works with community, spleaks engrish. Coaches and players and fans love him.

  56. “This is real life and your Flower Power mentality makes ZERO Fiscal sense.”

    ————————

    The rest of this post was a compilation of every PAC polluting the airwaves with ad buys supporting ANY cookie cutter neo-Republican conservative currently running for office. So … ya know, do some independent critical thinking. I recognize that people will vote for a rock if it has an “R” after it these days, but, your reply is vital because as you say, “This is real life…”.

    The one quote I pulled out caught my eye because I’ve been a fiscal conservative Republican voter for the last 40 years. Want to explain to me how this President and this Congress are fiscally conservative? It’s important that you explain it to me because I’ve evidently missed something.

  57. He legitimized every negative sterotype about him. He was a crap teammate when he played and now he’s a crap HOF teammate. So glad I didn’t have to hear his speech. He found a way to ruin this for himself just he did his stay in SF, Philly and Dallas. Just can’t help himself.

  58. I have to wonder, if the HOF voters would have voted differently, if they’d of know that T.O would be such an ingrate, and show absolutely NO class, about the whole induction process.

  59. Who is the 2nd best receiver of all time?

    Why, Jerry Rice of course. And it isn’t debatable.

    The best receiver of all time, by the widest of margins, is Don Hutson.

  60. Lynn and Stallworth are ones to complain, just ask Stanley Morgan. smh
    HOF is a popularity contest, it is and always has been a joke

  61. It’s always been about T.O.
    This stunt takes all the attention away from the group and focuses it on him.
    Which is exactly what he wanted all along.

  62. I think the one thing that TO proves over and over again is that when he said “I love me some me” he wasn’t lying!

  63. kevines255 says:
    August 4, 2018 at 5:10 pm
    We can officially stop hearing from this guy now.

    547 92 Rate This

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    i am not sure you know who were are talking about here

  64. Say what you will about Owens, but he’s right.

    A player involved in a murder, who’s still never owned up to it or been challenged by HOF media voters on it, walks in on the first ballot to thunderous applause, but Owens gets very nearly blacklisted just for his attitude.

    And many of you people here are guilty of the same hypocrisy.

  65. omeimontis says:
    August 5, 2018 at 5:29 am
    TO thinks he is entitled to be in the HOF.

    ==============

    Players with the kind of elite ability and stats as Owens are precisely those who ARE entitled to be in the HOF.

  66. Is this where he gets turned into some type of hero for his misguided stance?
    Was this the 3rd or 4th different explanation as to why he’s boycotting Canton?
    If TO really feels the conviction he should have declined the award. All he did was stay away from the ceremony. He’s still happy to let his bust and name go into the HOF. He’s all over the place with his reasoning and strategy.

  67. But if Lynn already tried it and it only ever did anything that one single time, then why was Owens still snubbed for years, year later?

    NFL HOF voter’s very culture needs to change, Lynn didn’t change anything at the end of the day, only made the writers of that time period look bad/embarrassed. No culture change, that is the real point here. 21st century here and voters are still very much using that 20th century dino ethics, how bout the NFL HOF fix that?

  68. tinye67 says:
    August 5, 2018 at 10:50 am

    For the record….getting elected to the greatest HOF of them all on your 3rd try is NOT a slight.

    ——

    When you’re undeniably one of the best to ever play the position, yes it is. It would be the same travesty as if they made Peyton Manning wait past the first ballot. You just don’t do that.

    Regardless of how you feel about the player, qualifications for the Hall is about the product on the field and scarcely anyone put out a better product than T.O.

  69. So much anger towards Owens over not attending the ceremonies. Wheres all the outrage over a double murderer getting in?

    Baseball bans you for life for betting, football puts you in the HOF after you kill two people.

    Wheres the outrage?!?!

  70. I think too many NFL fans have a stick up their butts. I didn’t approve of every stunt he has pulled, but he is my hero for running out there and standing on the cowgirl’s star. I’ll always love that move. Cowgirls suck, even WITH T.O.
    He was a great receiver, and he got his jacket. Stand up if you have one, or shaddup.

  71. TO is mentally ill. Not saying that with malice or judgment but it’s clear he’s got something significant going on bipolar, borderline personality etc.

  72. I’d trade mentally ill or being self promoting if I could catch a ball like T.O. and run away from defenders like they lost their legs.

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