Is Terrell Owens a First Ballot Hall of Famer?

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk wrote an interesting article on www.sportingnews.com explaining why two of the best receivers in the last fifteen years or so might not make the Hall of Fame in their first try. They go by Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. I’ll focus on one of them, since he played for the 49ers. Subject: Terrell Owens, also known as, T.O.

Even though many 49ers fans have now long forgotten about T.O. and could not care any less about him, I myself still love T.O. Again, I love T.O. – the football player, but I neither love nor hate Terrell Owens, the person. And, for the record, I find nothing wrong with Terrell Owens as a person. T.O. is one of the main reasons why I love the 49ers today. Moving on, Florio’s article stems from a debate he has had recently with his peers regarding whether players with bad off-field conduct should be kept from the Hall of Fame.

Well, here is my take on the matter. Not once has T.O. been accused of any kind of wrong doing off the field. Misdemeanors, DUIs, speeding, you name it, he has a spotless record. Florio also acknowledges that in his article. However, T.O.’s reputation is not spotless. Ask any quarterback, or any other player, for that matter, who has played with T.O. and you will quickly find out that he is not the greatest teammate. He has found a way to make countless players, fans, and members of the media dislike him. Now, should that be reason enough for the guy to miss making the Hall of Fame on his first try? No.

Let’s take a quick look at T.O.’s career receiving numbers to date:

Seasons Games Receptions Yards Touchdowns Pro Bowls
14 205 1,006 14,951 144 6

The numbers show that the guy can flat-out play. By the time he retires (assuming he has two more formidable seasons) he should finish in the top three of all receiving categories. That alone should get him in on his first try.

Ultimately, do I believe he will get in on his first try? I don’t know. It depends on his year of eligibility, and to some extent, how the 44 Hall of Fame voters feel about him. One thing I know for sure is that if he signs with a team and goes silently about his work for about two years, and he wins a Super Bowl, all bets are off and he won’t have to wait for long before his call to the Hall.


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5 Responses to “Is Terrell Owens a First Ballot Hall of Famer?”

  1. FACE says:

    TO deserves first ballot. His impact on the WR position can only be rivaled by about 4 or 5 players in history.

  2. F TO says:

    T.O drops just about HALF the balls thrown to him. Where is that stat? U can present stats anyway u want to sway ur argument. The undeniable fact that T.O is a total toolbag should keep him out on his 1st try. As a lesson to those that think lthe divas ike T.O n Moss.. maybe even Ochocinco. The Hall of Fame is FULL of classy guys. T.O would b a blackeye to the H.O.F

  3. James says:

    T.O does not drop about half the balls you fool. Past his prime, into his 30s, he drops a few, no doubt. And people T.O critics/haters seem to enjoy ignoring the fact that the season T.O led the league in dropped pass is when he had a broken finger. In addition, calling him a diva or toolbag is not even a valid argument. Just shows you hate T.O. As for being a first ballot, I would agree between him and Moss. Off the field, he is a great role model for anyone. Never had any trouble with the law compared to Moss.

  4. Sherry says:

    He doesn’t deserve it……

  5. Lyle says:

    He does deserve it. If you judge him solely based on his dominance on the football field, which is what hall voters are supposed do, he obviously deserves it.