Despite antics, Terrell Owens belongs in the NFL Hall of Fame

By Marian Hinton

It seems like former NLF star receiver Terrell Owens cannot stay away from the spotlight, though I seriously doubt he has tried very hard to do so. In fact, I think he’s lived his life trying to find ways to make the spotlight find him.

With the latest news that the often-troubled star has been dismissed from his arena league team, the Allen Wranglers, one has to assume that the 38-year-old’s playing career is over.

And what a crazy career it was.

Unfortunately, when it is all said and done, T.O. will most likely be remembered for his absurd behavior rather than than his amazing football prowess.

He’s an egomaniac. He’s selfish. He’s over-the-top. He just can’t seem to get out of his own way.

But his over-zealous, “look at me” personality shouldn’t mar an otherwise brilliant playing career.

In the end, Owens had one of the best NFL careers of all time.

Owens spent the bulk of his career with the San Francisco 49ers, before making brief stops with the Philadelphia Eagles, the Dallas Cowboys, the Buffalo Bills, and the Cincinnati Bengals.

He ends his NFL career (most likely) with some of the best receiving numbers in NFL history. He ranks 2nd all-time in NFL receiving yards (15,934), 4th in touchdowns (156), and 6th in catches (1,078). He’s the only player to ever catch a touchdown against all 32 teams, and he’s caught 2–not 1–against them all.

He was selected to the Pro Bowl 6 times throughout his career and to the All Pro team 5 times. He is also a member of the NFL’s 2000 All-Decade team, and is a Super Bowl champion.

Yes, Owens has always managed to surround himself with controversy.

Yes he will forever be remembered for his ridiculous behavior and outrageous antics.

Yes, he very well may be the most disliked player of all time, but fortunately for him, popularity isn’t a requirement for Canton.

Truth be told, we shouldn’t let his any of this overshadow his outstanding playing career.

Terrell Owens was certainly one of the best receivers to ever play the game. His credentials and numbers speak for themselves, and one day, he will deserve his spot in NFL Hall of Fame.

Besides, do we really want to deprive the world of his sure-to-be-outlandish induction speech?






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