Terrell Owens Will Not Attend His Pro Football HOF Ceremony
Over the years, Terrell Owens has always been someone to seek the limelight and surround himself in controversy. Based on his latest decision, the former NFL star could have saved his best for last. Owens today issued a statement that he will not attend his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which will take place in August.
Owens' decision could be a result of him not getting into Canton during his first two years of eligibility. TO was critical of the Hall of Fame voting process and his hard feelings could have factored into his decision to skip his enshrinement. The wide receiver played for five teams over his 15 years in the NFL, was a five-time all-pro selection, and he trails only Jerry Rice in career receiving yards (15,934) and ranks third in touchdown catches (153).
"We are disappointed but will respect Terrell’s decision not to participate in the Enshrinement,” Hall of Fame President & CEO David Baker shared in a statement on their website. "While unprecedented, the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the nearly 5,000 volunteers and the entire community are committed to celebrating the excellence of the Class of 2018 that will kick off the NFL’s 99th season."
Baker added, "As we do not want to detract from this great honor being enjoyed by the seven other members of the Class of 2018 (Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Ray Lewis, Randy Moss and Brian Urlacher), their family, friends, and fans; the Pro Football Hall of Fame will have no further comment on the decision made by Terrell Owens."