Terrell Owens: Why Controversial WR is Hall of Fame Bound

Ryan DavenportContributor ISeptember 5, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 22:  Terrell Owens #81 of the Dallas Cowboys walks off the field after scoring a touchdown against Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 22, 2007 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Canton, Ohio; get your popcorn ready.

It may be five years away, but Terrell Owens will eventually take his rightful place among the game's all-time greats at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

At this point, the question shouldn't be whether he gets inducted, but rather it should be when, because his numbers should speak for themselves.

A five-time All-Pro selection, Owens was at one time the most dangerous wide receiver in the game. Although he may scare some voters away with his performances in front of reporters and showboating, he has done more than enough to earn a spot in Canton.

During his prime, Owens was an unstoppable deep threat, as he set single-season touchdown records in both Dallas and Philadelphia after leading the league in scores twice during his time with San Francisco.

A born entertainer, Owens' passion and intensity on the field was always evident, even if it lead to some blatant displays of poor judgment.

Unfortunately, Owens is often remembered more for his off-field antics, such as the impromptu mid-workout press conference he conducted in his driveway in 2005.

No, T.O. wasn't a model teammate, but one can never say that the man didn't play hard.

Just months before that infamous press conference, and the public spat with Donovan McNabb, Owens remarkably returned from a broken leg in order to join the Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX, despite being told by doctors he wouldn't be ready to play for several weeks.

Though the Eagles lost, Owens racked up 122 yards on nine receptions, in what was one of the grittiest individual performances in Super Bowl history.

Owens shouldn't be celebrated for the way he criticized his quarterbacks or coaches, but he should be recognized for the way he played the game.

Some of the members of the selection committee, like Len Pasquarelli of Fox Sports may not give him their vote, despite recognizing that he's second in all-time receiving yards and touchdowns, and that would be an injustice to both Owens and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

He's got the numbers, and except for that elusive Super Bowl ring, he's got the pedigree, so Owens will be enshrined in Canton at some point. 

Unless another NFL team thinks Owens has something left that Pete Carroll and the Seahawks didn't see, the Pro Football Hall of Fame should be playing host to one of the most colorful induction speeches of all-time in 2017.