Terrell Owens, second all-time in receiving yards, somehow denied entry to Hall of Fame again

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Terrell Owens has the résumé of a first-ballot Pro Football Hall of Famer. Yet, he’s been a finalist two times and has not gotten into the Hall.

Owens was denied again. He tweeted on Saturday evening that he wasn’t voted in. The voters must really hold his controversial ways against him, because it’s hard to believe that someone who trails only Jerry Rice in career receiving yards is not worthy of being in Canton.



Owens was controversial through his career, which is one reason he played with five different teams. But he was one of the most productive receivers ever. In NFL history, only Rice had more receiving yards than Owens’ 15,934. His 153 touchdowns are third to just Rice and Randy Moss. He has 23 more touchdowns than Cris Carter, who is fourth all-time.

Owens went so far as to call the Hall of Fame a “total joke” on Twitter.


Owens’ outspoken ways led to him leaving the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys. Perhaps voters are still holding that against him, because the numbers were undeniably great. Owens had an amazing combination of size, explosiveness and a work ethic that helped him become a five-time All-Pro.

Owens is undeniably one of the greatest receivers to ever play in the NFL. Presumably, he’ll become a Hall of Famer someday. But one of the all-time greats has to wait another year for a spot he deserves.

Terrell Owens said he was not voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his second time as a finalist. (AP)
Terrell Owens said he was not voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his second time as a finalist. (AP)

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