When I heard today that former NFL receiver Terrell Owens would not be attending the Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction, I wasn’t surprised, but instead upset.
Terrell Owens was voted into the Hall of Fame this year after falling short of election in 2016 and 2017, despite statistically having all-time great production. Many believe that Owens was being held out of the Hall of Fame due to perception that he was disruptive in most locker-rooms during his career with the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, Buffalo Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals.
As a fan of the NFL and Terrell Owens, I truly believe being passed over by the HOF had more to do with perception and not reality. However, not attending the Hall of Fame induction is a bone-headed move by Owens, which he will regret 10-20 years from now. By attending the induction, T.O. would have an opportunity to change a lot of the perception that he was a self-centered football player who required careful handling. Also by attending the induction T.O. would own the narrative that things have changed and he had gotten past those who may have shunned him.
Instead some football fans will be left thinking that nothing much has changed with Terrell Owens, and those who supported him during his career would not get the opportunity to see his induction. Sometimes its about the bigger picture, and nothing personal.
NFL Fans deserve to see Terrell Owens on stage with fellow inductees Randy Moss, Ray Lewis, Brian Urlacher, Brian Dawkins, Robert Brazile, Jerry Kramer, and Bobby Beathard who are expected to be part of the ceremony. Lets hope that Terrell Owens will cherish the honor forever by attending his induction.
By Gregory Owens