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Thanks so much to my alma mater @utchattanooga for their continued support. I can’t THANK you enough for giving me the opportunity to be a student-athlete. I hope I “Repped the C” like it was supposed to be repped. From #BRHS to #UTC to #NFL to #HOF status!! #GOMOCS #RepTheC
If you can believe it, T.O. is still doing T.O. things well after leaving the game of football and all the way up to his retirement ceremony. It’s only right that the living embodiment of the diva wide receiver cliche decides to skip the induction in Canton and do it on his own terms. Hopefully in his driveway while doing situps as Drew Rosenhaus inducts him.
This was the statement he released today to announce his decision not to attend the ceremony in August.
Terrell Owens declined his invitation to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and released this statement: pic.twitter.com/J4P1mS6VjN
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 7, 2018
I am so grateful for all of the support my family, friends, and certainly my fans, have shown me throughout my entire career in the National Football League. When it was announced that I was going to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the response received from my fans was overwhelming, and I am truly humbled. I am honored to be included among this group of fellow inducted individuals.
While I am incredibly appreciative of this opportunity, I have made the decision to publicly decline my invitation to attend the induction ceremony in Canton. I have already shared this information with the Hall. After visiting Canton earlier this year, I came to the realization that I wish to celebrate what will be one of the most memorable days of my life, elsewhere. At a later date, I will announce where and when I will celebrate my induction.
I would also like to thank the San Francisco 49ers, the Philadelphia Eagles, the Dallas Cowboys, the Buffalo Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals for the time I was granted with each organization. I am thankful for the relationships forged and the lessons learned while part of each team
I wish to congratulate all past, current and future inductees. It is quite an honor to be part of such elite company. This honor is something that I will cherish forever.
Am I shocked T.O. is skipping this? Of course not. If you know anything about Terrell Owens, you know this was on the table. Anything was on the table. He could’ve shown up and spent his entire speech trashing McNabb and Jeff Garcia and I wouldn’t be shocked.
Let’s also not forget how these football writers snubbed Owens for two years for finally reluctantly letting him in, even though we know he’s one of the three or four best wideouts to ever do it. I actually respect that he’s shoving it back in their faces.
The real story here is now Ray Lewis’ speech might last for an hour. All that extra time is going directly into a Ray Lewis lecture about God and hard work while omitting violent crimes that he may or may not have committed.
This is the Hall’s response…I’m pretty sure this is the first time a living inductee is skipping this
Hall of Fame CEO David Baker: “We are disappointed but will respect Terrell’s decision not to participate in the Enshrinement. While unprecedented, the (HOF), the nearly 5,000 volunteers and the entire community are committed to celebrating the excellence of the Class of 2018.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 7, 2018