As an official member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018, Terrell Owens has reluctantly chosen not to attend the induction ceremony in Canton, Ohio, on August 4 due to the organization’s failure to vote him in during his first two years on the ballot.
Consequently, his name will not be announced during either the Gold Jacket ceremony Friday or the induction ceremony Saturday.
“The focus is on the guys who are here,” Hall of Fame executive director Joe Horrigan said, via Talk of Fame Network’s Clark Judge, adding: “There’s no reason to bring him up as an individual. He’s not here.”
Instead of making the trip to Canton, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga alumni will be giving his Hall of Fame speech at his alma mater.
The decision to forego the official induction ceremony is unusual. As a result, Hall of Fame President and CEO David Baker released a statement via Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk, to address the matter.
“We are disappointed but will respect Terrell’s decision not to participate in the enshrinement,” Baker said. “While unprecedented, the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the nearly 5,000 volunteers and the entire community are committed to celebrating the excellence of the class of 2018 that will kick off the NFL’s 99th season.”
Contrariwise, numerous individuals and various organizations are in disbelief that it took Owens this long to be inducted, observing how he has cultivated one of the greatest careers in NFL history. He hauled in 1,078 catches for 15,934 yards and 153 touchdowns.