The biggest snub of 2017 wasn’t with La La Land at the Oscars.
I’ve respected the National Football Hall of Fame for the majority of my life, but when the decision came down that Terrell Owens, one of the greatest wide receivers of all time, didn’t make it into the Hall, it really changed my opinion of its credibility.
Not only was he left out, he didn’t even make it beyond the initial round of voting.
Even crazier than the media for keeping Owens out are those who back up the Hall of Fames choice. People have cited his poor attitude as a player and his lack of respect for his teammates as the reason he was left out.
I say, who cares? T.O. is arguably one of the top five greatest receivers of all time, but he isn’t in the Hall of Fame because people think he was a cancer in the locker room.
Sure, he could get a little fired up from time to time, but at the end of the day, he loved his teammates, and he was always by their side.
Shortly after his Dallas Cowboys experienced another early playoff loss in the 2007 season, Owens broke down in front of the entire world when questioned about the poor play of quarterback Tony Romo.
“It’s not about Tony,” he said. “You guys can point the finger at him. You can talk about the vacation.…That’s my teammate. That’s my quarterback. We lost as a team. We lost as a team, man.”
Behind the pitch black aviators he was wearing that day were tears of anger, because people were trying to pin the loss on Romo. Personally, the fact that people say he wasn’t a good teammate must have missed this press conference.
Looking past the debate of his impact in the locker room, it is impossible to say that he wasn’t dominant on the field. He ranks second all time in total receiving yards, only trailing the GOAT, Jerry Rice. He is eighth all time in total catches, and first among slot receivers. Lastly, Owens is third all time in receiving touchdowns.
Clearly, he was a dominant player, but apparently he wasn’t good enough to get into the Hall of Fame.
Some food for thought for everyone: every single receiver in the top 15 in those three statistical categories who is old enough to qualify for the Hall of Fame, is in. So, why isn’t T.O.?