Terrell Owens Mad About Not Getting Picked for Pro Football Hall of Fame

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens smiles during a preseason football game in this Aug. 9, 2007 photo, in Irving, Texas. At the direction of coach Wade Phillips, and through the creativity of offensive coordinator Jason Garrett, the Dallas Cowboys are forcing defenses to search for No. 81 on every play. Owens doesn’t need tricks to succeed, but the new wrinkles are making the game fun for him again. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The people at the Pro Football Hall of Fame always seem to be jerks about letting in wide receivers – ask Art Monk or Andre Reed – but, I mean, we’re talking about T.O. here!

Terrell Owens was once again snubbed from the Hall of Fame, in his second year of eligibility. He found out Saturday. And if he’s pissed, he’s also trying to rise above the stupidity.

That’s pretty much the exact right attitude. Owens’ credentials are pretty obvious, and the Pro Football Hall of Fame committee has no one to blame but themselves if they don’t get why T.O. and his fans are mad.

Who did make it? Running backs LaDanian Tomlinson and Terrell Davis, defensive end Jason Taylor, quarterback Kurt Warner and kicker Morten Anderson. All five are deserving, but really only Tomlinson and maybe Warner have better résumés than T.O.

But let’s recap to really make this point obvious:

  • Only three players in NFL history have more than 130 receiving touchdowns: Jerry Rice (197), Randy Moss (156) and Terrell Owens (152).
  • Owens is fifth in total touchdowns scored, behind Rice, Moss, Emmitt Smith and LaDanian Tomlinson.
  • He is second – to Rice, of course – with 15,934 receiving yards.
  • He had eight 10-touchdown seasons and nine 1,000-yard seasons.
  • He was a first-team All-Pro five times.
  • His nine-catch, 122-yard performance while injured in Super Bowl XXXIX is a truly legendary showing that would have made him Super Bowl MVP had the Eagles pulled it out vs. the Patriots.
  • Unlike Monk and Reed, all those all-time ranks have held up from the time he retired until the time he became eligible for the Hall.
  • His combination of size and strength had a massive impact on the position. Look at Julio Jones or Dez Bryant or DeAndre Hopkins. They’re the new T.O. prototypes.
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Source: Caller-Times