Days after wide receiver Terrell Owens was not selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2016, the controversial superstar commented on the decision.
According to ESPN's Mike & Mike on Twitter, T.O. was not surprised that he wasn't among the eight people chosen on the night before Super Bowl 50:
Mike & Mike @MikeAndMike
"I expected it. I understand the process." - @terrellowens on not being elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame https://t.co/GsQKj2MA1B2016-2-10 13:15:59
He also took a shot at 2013 inductee Cris Carter, who is a member of the Hall despite having worse career numbers than T.O., per Peter Schrager of FoxSports.com:
Peter Schrager @PSchrags
T. O., one of a kind. Instead of bowing to Hall voters and politicking, he comes out 4 days later to say Cris Carter begged to get in.2016-2-10 13:37:45
Those comments came on the heels of Owens taking a more humble approach shortly before the Hall of Fame class was officially revealed:
Terrell Owens @terrellowens
Unfortunately I did not make it. CONGRATS to the 2016 HOF CLASS. Thanks to ALL MY FANS for ur unwavering love & support. #ONLYGODCANJUDGEME2016-2-7 01:02:42
The 42-year-old ranks sixth all time in receptions with 1,078, second in receiving yardage with 15,934 yards and third in career receiving touchdowns with 153.
He reached the Pro Bowl on six occasions and was a five-time first-team All-Pro in 15 NFL seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals.
With so many accolades to his credit, ESPN's Mike Greenberg felt strongly that Owens should have been a first-ballot Hall of Famer:
Mike Greenberg @Espngreeny
Terrell Owens absolutely belongs in the Hall Of Fame. I know he'll get in. But it should have been yesterday.2016-2-7 14:47:34
It is no secret that Hall of Fame voters often look beyond the stats, and it isn't unfair to assume that Owens' attitude and antics over the course of his career played a role in the fact that he wasn't immediately elected.
The super-talented wideout wore out his welcome with several different organizations, and his brashness is something that many didn't find particularly endearing.
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The Hall of Fame is about honoring the best players to ever step foot on the gridiron, however, and there is no doubt that T.O. is among the greatest pass-catchers the game has ever seen.
It is only a matter of time before Owens takes his rightful place in Canton, Ohio, and it seems abundantly clear that the first-year snub did little to humble him.
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