NFL: Will Terrell Owens Antics Cost Him a Shot at the Hall of Fame?

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NFL: Will Terrell Owens Antics Cost Him a Shot at the Hall of Fame?
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Terrell Owens, who ranks second on the all-time list in receiving yards and third in receiving touchdowns, recently had surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in one of his knees following an injury this offseason, sources told ESPN's Chris Mortenson. 

How did this happen?

We're still not 100 percent sure—Mortenson cited two different claims from sources: one source said the Owens was hurt while guest starring on a television show for VH1 "Single Ladies"; another source said that Owens was injured during a personal workout. 

But the bigger questions are: Will T.O. ever play again? If not, is he Hall of Fame worthy?

As a healthy 36-year-old last offseason, Owens drew interest from only five teams: Cincinnati Bengals, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Oakland Raiders and New York Jets

Now, the 37-year-old—who will turn 38 in December— will be coming off a major knee surgery, and although sources say he can be ready to play as early as mid to late November, what team would be willing to take a flyer on Owens? 

It's not like he is a low-risk, high reward type of player. In his time spent with San Francisco, Philadelphia and Dallas, Owens proved to be a major locker room distraction as well as a nightmare for his quarterbacks and head coaches. 

In the past, teams looked past his off-the-field antics only because of Owens' tremendous talent. However, now, with his diminished talent and aging legs, Owens will be hard-pressed to find a team that is willing to take a chance on him. 

Apparently, teams might not even have that opportunity. According to NBC sports, Owens has reportedly told "several people in the NFL" that he is considering retirement. 

Of course, that doesn't mean much—veteran players often "consider" retirement after a serious injury—and until we actually hear something from T.O., I wouldn't rule him out for the 2011 NFL season (don't worry; I knocked on wood while I wrote the last part of that sentence). 

However, that raises the question: "If T.O. never plays again, is he a sure-fire Hall of Fame candidate?" 

In the following slides, I'll examine Owens' career (both on and off the field) and determine whether he is a Hall of Fame lock. 

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