The Hall of Fame finally offered him an opportunity to be recognized as one of the greatest football players in history, and he flat refused. "Take advantage of the reps you get".
Owens entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame in a celebration uniquely his own Saturday afternoon at his alma mater before approximately 3,000 fans who frequently cheered, chanted "T.O." and gave him the occasional standing ovation.
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Owens thanked everyone from his late grandmother and mother to coaches from his high school days in Alexander City, Alabama, through his time at Chattanooga and into the NFL.
This year's class includes linebacker Ray Lewis, wide receiver Randy Moss, contributor Bobby Beathard, linebacker Robert Brazile, safety Brian Dawkins, guard Jerry Kramer, linebacker Brian Urlacher and wide receiver Terrell Owens.
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"When I came into the NFL I had no sense of direction", Moss said.
Terrell Owens had almost everyone in McKenzie Arena standing by the end of his Hall of Fame speech.
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He has every right to call himself a Hall of Famer and now he can do just that. They were going to mail it to him Saturday. "Many of you may be wondering why we're here instead of Canton", Owens said. His friend, whom he referred to as Dave Brown and who also is friends with Lewis, brought it from Canton. Across 16 seasons, Owens played for the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals. "I want to thank you for opening the door and not being scared to reach out", Moss said. He's also eighth on the all-time career receptions list (1,078) and third in receiving touchdowns (153). Not for one day did I not think God was with me. "When you walk off the last time with that thing, that Lombardi, it's a confirmation I am living proof of the impossible". "But I love me more".