In his first interview since being denied, legendary receiver Terrell Owens said on Wednesday he resents the voting process that so far has blocked him from the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Tim Graham of the Buffalo News reports.
Owens ranks second all-time in receiving yards, eighth in receptions and third in receiving touchdowns. He has gained more yards than Eric Dickerson and scored more touchdowns than Jim Brown.
Owens, however, didn’t make the initial cut from 15 semifinalists to 10 let alone gather enough votes from the Hall of Fame Selection Committee to be inducted.
“To me, there’s something bigger than the Hall of Fame,” Owens said. “As I expressed to Michael Irvin, I don’t need the Hall of Fame to validate what I did or who I am.
“Obviously, what I did, the Hall of Fame, that should validate it. But now it’s something else. Now they’re adding to the bylaws; they’re adding extra things to the criteria to be inducted.”
“For me, that’s where I’ve lost all respect for it, in a sense.”
Voters, including Buffalo News writer and Buffalo’s representative on the Selection Committee Vic Carucci, have cited Owens’ character issues for denying him so far.
Owens had 1,078 receptions for 15,934 yards and 153 touchdowns most notably for the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys. He spent 2009 with the Bills and finished in 2010 with the Cincinnati Bengals.
“Considering my body of work and what I’ve done on the football field,” Owens said, “that should have been justification for me to have gotten in as a first-ballot Hall of Famer and definitely this year.
“I’m not bitter in that regard, but when it comes to questioning my character and what I did in that locker room, the thing what a lot of people are missing is these coaches and these people are saying is I’m this type of person in the locker room. Well, who are those guys? Nobody’s attached any names to anything. They’re just saying, ‘Well, this is what I heard.’ “