Terrell Owens Not Inducted into Hall of Fame 2017: Twitter Reacts to WR's Snub

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistFebruary 5, 2017

HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 03:  Former NFL player Terrell Owens visits the SiriusXM set at Super Bowl LI Radio Row at the George R. Brown Convention Center on February 3, 2017 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM )
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For the second time in as many years, legendary wide receiver Terrell Owens was denied entrance to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. 

The news, which came as a shock to those across the football universe, was relayed by the man himself shortly before the sixth annual NFL Honors got underway in Houston on Saturday night: 

Terrell Owens @terrellowens

Unfortunately I DID NOT MAKE IT again this year. Thanks to ALL my fans & supporters. #FlawedProcess

Terrell Owens @terrellowens

HOF is a total joke. Honestly, doesn't mean anything to me to get in beyond this point. https://t.co/wJJ8vVSp9d

Considering Owens finished his 15-year career second all-time in receiving yards (15,934), eighth in total receptions (1,078) and third in receiving touchdowns (153), outrage poured out in swift fashion. 

Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman was among those who believed Owens deserved induction: 

mike freeman @mikefreemanNFL

Three best receivers of all time: 1. Jerry Rice 2. Randy Moss 3. Owens Owens defines Hall of Fame.

Pro Football Focus' Nathan Jahnke joined that chorus by taking note of T.O.'s place among the nominees in this year's class: 

Nathan Jahnke @PFF_NateJahnke

Out of the 15 Hall of Fame finalist this year, the only one I think I put in before TO would be LT.

But as Football Perspective's Chase Stuart noted, Owens' inability to secure a spot in Canton, Ohio, marks the continuation of a trend at the wide receiver position: 

Football Perspective @fbgchase

https://t.co/AlfQk2vhA9 Look at how many tries it took (black oval) some WRs to make the HOF. Wrote this 4 years ago. https://t.co/eHGVYpeoBV

ESPN's Bomani Jones also criticized the voting process after kicker Morten Andersen got in while Owens was left out: 

El Flaco @bomani_jones

hard to argue you're not a bunch of haters when you put a kicker in before t.o. that's pathetic.

Here's a look at the best of the rest: 

Tim Graham @ByTimGraham

This is why the votes need to be made public. I guarantee Owens gets in if voters have to defend their decision. https://t.co/skWF7iUqev

SN's Vinnie Iyer @vinnieiyer

Travashamockery Terrell Owens didn't make Hall. But hardest for mercurial guy who played on multiple teams to get stumped for by media.

Joe Giglio @JoeGiglioSports

One of these players is a Pro Football Hall of Famer. https://t.co/8Nd3AnN3Ue

Albert Breer @AlbertBreer

Stunned that Terrell Owens didn't get in. At his peak, the most dominant receiver of his generation. This one doesn't make sense.

Cris Collinsworth @CollinsworthPFF

No HOF for @terrellowens? Really? We didn't always see eye-to-eye but he was dominant.

Mike Tanier @MikeTanier

The argument that TO should be in the HOF despite his clubhouse antics has great merit. The argument that his antics don't matter is false.

Aaron Nagler @AaronNagler

Michael Irvin, who stabbed a teammate with a pair of scissors, is in the HOF. But yes, I'm sure TO eating popcorn traumatized his teammates.

Jon Machota @jonmachota

Jerry Jones on Terrell Owens: https://t.co/0W9elmLkAq

Owens should be honored with a bust and a gold jacket sooner rather than later, but it's clear based on the last two years of voting that the enigmatic wide receiver's tendency to draw attention to himself in sometimes unflattering ways resonated in the minds of those casting ballots. 

But as Saturday's reaction indicated, Owens' eventual induction may wind up being viewed as too little, too late in the minds of the sport's most passionate fans.