After multiple tries, the powers that be finally got things right. Terrell Owens, one of the greatest wide receivers to ever play the game, got his Hall of Fame nod. But Owens has no interest in the ceremony. Whether it’s because he wants to have his own party or he just doesn’t care about the grand event, he won’t be there.
Naturally, the powers that be are responding in their own way. According to Clark Judge of Talk of Fame Network, they’re just not going to recognize him.
“The focus is on the guys who are here. There’s no reason to bring him up as an individual. He’s not here.”
That’s unlikely to affect Owens, of course. He’s always marched to the beat of his own drum. Media members and NFL pundits didn’t care for him throughout his career, so why should T.O. give a damn about them now? They took this long to acknowledge his greatness on the field; he might as well just enjoy himself with the people around him that actually care. It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks about that.
We cannot say enough about his presence on the field, of course. During a 15-year career, Owens racked up 15,934 yards on 1,078 receptions while adding 153 touchdowns along the way. On three separate occasions, he led the league in touchdowns. On eight separate occasions, he tallied 10 touchdowns or more. Owens ranks third in receiving yards, though Larry Fitzgerald will probably pass him up this season. He also ranks eighth in receptions and third in touchdowns.
So he’s not going to be at the Hall of Fame ceremony. Should that really upset anyone? We already know how great he was on the field. That’s always been good enough for Owens.
That should be good enough for us as well.