Terrell Owens, one of the greatest wide receivers in NFL history, is finally in the Hall of Fame.
Not everyone is a big fan of Terrell Owens. During his 15-year NFL career, he had brush-ups with the media and fellow teammates.
During his time with the Philadelphia Eagles, he was especially volatile. Owens reportedly fought with team ambassador Hugh Douglas.
He also had a spat with quarterback Donovan McNabb. In 2005, head coach Andy Reid suspended Owens after he criticized the quarterback in an ESPN interview.
Of course it came after Owens’s fantastic 2004 season. That year, the Philadelphia Eagles went to the Super Bowl, losing to Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots.
Owens played with a screw in his leg in that Super Bowl, returning from the injury against the wishes of doctors. In spite of the injury, Owens caught nine balls for 122 yards in the loss.
It’s pretty appropriate that on the eve of a rematch between the Eagles and the Patriots in the Super Bowl, that Owens would finally break through and make the Hall of Fame.
Despite an incredible career overall, Owens had been passed up for the sport’s ultimate honor for the first two years of his eligibility. Today, that ended.
Whatever you think of his on-field antics and off-field controversies aside, Owens is an obvious inclusion to the Hall of Fame. For his career, he caught 1,078 passes (8th all-time in NFL history) for 15,934 yards (2nd), and 153 touchdowns (3rd).
We won’t know the full class until tonight’s NFL Honors. However, Owens is reportedly not the only all-time great receiver to get in.
Randy Moss will also be inducted, he in his first year of eligibility. They will reportedly be joined by former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher, Ravens legend Ray Lewis, and another Eagles great, Brian Dawkins.
Hall of Fame, Class of 2018: Randy Moss, Brian Urlacher, Ray Lewis, Brian Dawkins, Terrell Owens, Jerry Kramer, Robert Brazile and Bobby Beathard.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 3, 2018
That’s about as strong a class as you can get in the NFL. Congratulations to T.O., and all of the new Hall of Famers.