Recent Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Terrell Owens made a bold statement by skipping the induction ceremony held for players after they’ve gotten the call. Instead, he opted to receive his ring where he spent eight years making a name for himself: San Francisco. During halftime between the Oakland Raiders and 49ers Thursday night, Owens was presented with his Hall of Fame ring. And then, he just took in the atmosphere.
“This is awesome,” Owens told all in attendance (via ESPN). “This is an opportunity to give something to the fans. Ever since I left in 2003 and went on and did some great things, but this is where it started, my first eight years of my career.”
In eight seasons with the Niners, Owens brought in 592 receptions for 8,572 yards and 81 touchdowns. He was finally voted into the Hall of Fame this year. However, he purposely declined an appearance in Canton, Ohio — where the NFL honors each inductee with its Hall of Fame game. Owens held his own Hall of Fame party at his college in Chattanooga, Tennessee instead.
According to the former wideout, the reason he did not attend was that he was “upset” for having to wait three years. But at the end of the day, he doesn’t care anymore. And he’s perfect fine with the decision he made.
“No regrets at all,” Owens added. “If anybody knows who Terrell Owens is outside the media portrayal of me throughout the course of my career. They know what I did. I stand by what I did. When they tried to bring other things outside my body of work and my accomplishments, that was an issue for me. My stats spoke loudly. They spoke for themselves.”
They sure did. We’re talking about one of the greatest wide receivers of all time here. Who says he has to show up to the ceremony?