Terrell Owens won't be honored at Hall of Fame induction
Next month, eight individuals will be inducted into the NFL Pro Hall of Fame (HOF) in a ceremony at the Hall in Canton, OH. Among the inductees are Randy Moss, Brian Urlacher, Jerry Kramer, Brian Dawkins, Ray Lewis, Robert Brazile, Bobby Beathard and Terrell Owens. While all of the enshrinees typically receive personal attention during the ceremony, Owens will be skipped, reportedly because he opted not to attend the event.
Owens will still have his name included when the class is announced and his photograph will still appear in publicity material about the event. However, his gold jacket will be unceremoniously sent to him through the mail. The decision came from HOF Executive Director Joe Horrigan over Owens' decision not to be present at the ceremony. Says Horrigan, "The focus is on the guys who are here. There's no reason to bring him up as an individual. He's not here."
Owens, who has decried his being passed over for induction the past two years, has chalked up his absence to a "scheduling conflict." He said last month that he couldn't attend because he was giving a speech at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga where he went to school. He added that he will give his acceptance speech during an appearance at the campus on August 4, the same day as the POF enshrinement ceremony.