CSNPhilly: Is Terrell Owens a Hall of Fame WR?

June 30, 2011, 10:21 pm
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June 30, 201149ERS NEWS 49ERS VIDEONFL PAGEReuben Frank

Is there room for a bust of Terrell Owens in the Pro Football Hall of Fame? Is there room in the Halls second-floor Gallery next to Jerry Rice and Michael Irvin and Bobby Hayes for one of the most talented and most confounding players in recent NFL history?

Is T.O. a Hall of Famer?

With Owens recent knee surgery jeopardizing his 2011 season and perhaps ending his career after 15 seasons, this is a good time to explore that fascinating question.

After 15 NFL seasons, Owens has 1,078 catches for 15,934 yards and 153 touchdowns. He ranks fifth in NFL history in receptions, second in yards and second in touchdowns. He trails only Jerry Rice, Marvin Harrison, Cris Carter and Tim Brown in receptions and only the incomprable Rice in yards and TD catches.

But with Owens, its about much more than the numbers. It always is. His attitude issues, his constant feuds with coaches and quarterbacks, his disappointing playoff production and his late-career instability thats seen him play for four teams in the last six years wont help his chances.

Neither will the fact that the panel that decides whos a Hall of Famer and whos not is made up of a group that in general cant stand Owens. Sports writers.

If Owens doesnt play again, hed be eligible for consideration for the 2016 enshrinement class.

Will he go in? Good question.

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