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The 2018 Pro Football HOF Class is announced!

The Pro Football Hall of Fame has announced the latest class and may of those that pundits pegged to be selected will soon receive a new blazer for their closet and their likeness in Canton.

Let’s take a look at those who were chosen:

While this is not the headliner for most for Notinhalloffame.com we are most thrilled by the selection of Senior Candidate, Jerry Kramer. Kramer had been the only member of the NFL 50th Anniversary Team not be to enshrined and this injustice ended today. Kramer was a two time Super Bowl Champion and five time NFL Champion with the Green Bay Packers

Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher were selected both on their first ballot. Lewis was as close to a slam dunk cinch as you could get as he was a former two time Defensive Player of the Year and two time Super Bowl Champion with the Baltimore Ravens. The Linebacker was also a seven time First Team All Pro.

Urlacher spent his entire career with the Chicago Bears where he was a five time First Team All Pro. He was the 2005 AP Defensive Payer of the Year.

Brian Dawkins (Weapon X) was also chosen. The Safety was a sixteen year veteran predominantly playing for the Philadelphia Eagles and was a four time First Team All Pro and nine time Pro Bowl Selection.

Rounding out the defensive side of the ledger is Robert Brazile, A.K.A., “Dr. Doom”. Brazile went to seven Pro Bowls in a career spent only with the Houston Oilers.

Two Wide Receivers were chosen in Randy Moss and Terrell Owens, the two most dynamic and controversial players in that position of their era. Moss gets in on his first ballot while Owens, who actually has better career statistics was made to wait until the third. It is difficult to think that having T.O. wait was not a message.

The final inductee is former executive, Bobby Beathard.

Those who were not selected were Tony Boselli, Isaac Bruce, Alan Faneca, Steve Hutchinson, Joe Jacoby, Edgerrin James, Ty Law, John Lynch, Kevin Mawae and Everson Walls.

We will be revising our Notinhalloffame.com Football list next month to reflect those who are eligible in 2019.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018.

Terrell Owens to skip the HOF ceremony

Wow…

Terrell Owens was selected to join the Pro Football Hall of Fame this past winter and his section was particularly newsworthy as he was publically upset about being passed over during his first two years of eligibility. Owens went as far to make his own blazer, which illustrated his accomplishments. Now, when he is about to receive the real thing, he has announced that he won’t be in attendance at the ceremony.

Owens had this to say:

“While I am incredibly appreciative of this opportunity, I have made the decision to publicly decline my invitation to attend the induction ceremony in Canton, I have already shared this information with the Hall. After visiting Canton earlier this year, I came to the realization that I wish to celebrate what will be one of the most memorable days of my life elsewhere. At a later date, I will announce where and when I will celebrate my induction. I wish to congratulate all past, current and future inductees," Owens' statement read. "It is quite an honor to be part of such elite company. This honor is something that I will cherish forever."

It is hard to be surprised at this announcement from Owens.

Owens has always been an eccentric case and we expect that many will paint this Owens being selfish and deflecting the attention towards himself, especially if his celebration garners media attention.

We will say this emphatically, as we are not exactly thrilled to see Owens shun the ceremony we are very happy that he was inducted in the first place. He deserves the honor regardless of how he wants to celebrate it.

Rod Woodson discusses T.O. not going to the Hall of Fame

Terrell Owens has really made himself the centerpiece of this year’s Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremony hasn’t he? This is a pretty impressive accomplishment considering that he won’t even be there.

Today, TMZ showed Owens speaking about the honor of being a Hall of Famer to the Boys and Girls Club in Los Angeles. This has certainly raised some eyebrows as people have wondered why he would say it such a great honor when he is skipping the ceremony, though it again should be reiterated that he never said anything about it not be…just that he will celebrate in his own way.

Other Hall of Famers have sounded off on Owens’ decision. Former Defensive Back Rod Woodson had this to say to NFL Network:

“I really don’t care if he comes or not. But what bothers me more than anything is that in T.O.’s life, he’s had different things that happened to him in his life, but there’s people who helped him come along through his childhood, high school, college, to get to the point where he’s at to be one of the better players to ever play in the National Football League … you can be there to acknowledge them. And they lose out, because he’s thinking, ‘It’s all about T.O.’”

It is hard to dispute this logic. Would TMZ mention this if he were going to the ceremony in Canton? Of course not!

This is the first time that a player who was alive and in good health has skipped out on the Hall of Fame induction.

We know this much, this story has some legs left.

T.O. Announces his PFHOF acceptance speech location

The saga of Terrell Owens and his Pro Football Hall of Fame continued today as the former Wide Receiver announce on Twitter that he will be giving his acceptance speech at his alma mater, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

He had this to say:

“As many of you know, I am forgoing the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Canton. After giving it much thought, I have realized just how much I want to celebrate what will inevitably the best weekend of my life at a place that means so much to me.

I have decided to give my Hall of Fame speech at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in McKenzie Arena on Saturday, August 4. The event, which is free and open to the public, starts at 3:17 p.m.

I’m proud to be a Moc, and I’m honored to be able to share this experience with my family, friends, teammates and fans at the place that provided me an opportunity beyond high school and where I truly began to find myself as an athlete. Thank you to everyone who has supported my celebration decision. I look forward to seeing you all in Chattanooga.

Getcha popcorn ready!”

Owens played for the Mocs from 1992 to 1995 and he recorded 133 passes for 2,320 Yards and 19 Touchdowns.

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place at 7 PM EST the same day.

As we have said here many times at Notinhalloffame.com we are very happy for Owens’ induction and have been a supporter of this since he was first eligible three years ago. It is hard however to paint this as anything other than a little selfish and attention grabbing as it does take away from the other inductees.

Let the backlash continue.

The Pro Football HOF Ceremony will not acknowledge T.O.

We were wondering how the Pro Football Hall of Fame were going to react when Terrell Owens decided that he was going to do his Hall of Fame speech somewhere other than Canton with the rest of the inductees. We found out today, and their answer is to not acknowledge him at all that evening.

The Hall of Fame’s Executive Director, Joe Horrigan stated that Owens will not be introduced for the Gold Jacket ceremony nor will be announced the following evening at the Induction Ceremony.

“The focus, is on the guys who are here” Horrigan said, which obviously excludes Terrell Owens. As for his gold jacket, it will be shipped to him separately.

Owens will be giving his speech earlier in the day at his alma mater, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

The other inductees are Jerry Kramer, Ray Lewis, Randy Moss, Brian Dawkins, Bobby Beathard, Brian Urlacher and Robert Brazile.

The Pro Football HOF to try to force inductees to attend the ceremony?

Well this is interesting.

As we all know, Terrell Owens skipped the Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremony in Canton, Ohio and had his own in Chattanooga, Tennessee at his alma mater. Apparently, the Hall is feeling a little embarrassed by the spectacle and wants to ensure that this does not happen again.

This news comes from Pro Football Talk, which reported that the institution wants to enforce a rule change that would force all inductees to attend the ceremony in Canton. It is not sure how they can enforce that though the speculation is that once a candidate reaches the Semi-Finalist stage they would have to sign a waiver stating that they would attend the ceremony.

In our eyes, this is a strange action by the Pro Football Hall of Fame. During Owens’ speech he stated that the reason he boycotted Canton was that he was protesting the Hall of Fame selection process, which he viewed as flawed.

Specifically, he stated this during the ceremony:

“Many of you are probably wondering why we’re here, instead of Canton. I’d like to set the record straight. It’s about the mere fact that the sportswriters are not in alignment with the mission core values of the Hall of Fame. These writers disregarded the system, the criteria and by-laws and ultimately, the true meaning of the Hall of Fame and what it represents. I wanted to take a stand so the next gut coming after me will not have to go through what I, and others have gone through.”

Honestly, we here at Notinhalloffame.com have been vocal about our belief that Terrell Owens should have entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame on the first ballot with all due respect he wasn’t even close to being the person who had a long wait for enshrinement…that would be Jerry Kramer who waited decades and until this past weekend was the only member of the NFL 50th anniversary team not to be enshrined. If Owens feels snubbed, we wonder if he had a long conversation with Jerry Kramer on that subject.

We don’t think he did either.

Having said that the actions of Terrell Owens were his right to do. While we weren’t enamored of it the fact that the Pro Football Hall of Fame are now looking to create a policy to prevent this seems very totalitarian to us, especially considering that there was a good chance that what Terrell Owens did would be a “one-off” and that we are unlikely to see this again, but with the political climate of the NFL, unnecessary rules may not help potential inductees to “tow the line”.

Chances are that the T.O. Hall of Fame drama is over and it is unlikely that we will see this occur again…whether they try to enforce this or not.

Terrell Owens to the San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame

The San Francisco 49ers have announced that Terrell Owens will be the 28thmember of their franchise Hall of Fame.

Owens was a third round pick in 1996 from Tennessee-Chattanooga and as a rookie he would catch 35 passes for 520 Yards.  Over the next three seasons, T.O. would move up the ranks and would become the primary receiver with seasons of 936, 1,097 and 754 Yards respectively but in 2000 he would prove himself as an elite wideout with a 1,451 Yard campaign that earned him his first Pro Bowl and First Team All Pro Selection.  He would repeat those honors in 2001 and 2002 but would add another accolade he was the NFL leader in Touchdown Receptions. In his final season with the Niners, Owens would again be named a Pro Bowler.

While Owens was certainly a great receiver, he was a controversial player.  He was outspoken and could be divisive in locker rooms.  Still, T.O. was a phenomenal player who is second all time in franchise history in Receptions (592), Receiving Yards (8,572) and Receiving Touchdowns (81).  Owens would later play for Philadelphia, Dallas, Buffalo and Cincinnati and he would be chosen for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2018.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Terrell Owens for this latest accomplishment!

Terrell Owens "comments" on Donovan McNabb and the HOF

TMZ brings us more Hall of Fame related news as it caught up with Terrell Owens who was asked about Donovan McNabb’s claim that he should be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

He answered with one word:

“Who?”

There is a lot of shade in that one-word answer isn’t there?

McNabb and Owens played together in the 2004 and 2005 Season where they feuded with one another.  The Wide Receiver would be injured late in the 2004 season but returned early to assist the Eagles in the Super Bowl where he caught nine passes for 122 Yards. McNabb would throw for three TDs, but also three Interceptions and when Owens would seek a renegotiation of his contract quipped that “he didn’t get tired at the Super Bowl”.  Owens made other comments through the 2005 season and he was suspended by the team and would be released on March of 2006.

He would later claim that he left Philadelphia because “McNabb didn’t want him there.”  

Owens was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame last year on his third year of eligibility.  He famously criticized the Hall for not selecting him in his first two years and he did not attend the ceremony, choosing to hold his own festivities at his alumni, Tennessee-Chattanooga.  As for McNabb, he has never been a Finalist.

We love this and can’t wait to see what HOF comments TMZ will uncover next!

Early Pro Football HOF Predictions

Not all Hall of Famers are created equal.

While there are many busts in Canton’s Pro Football Hall of Fame only a select few got there on their first try, and let’s face it; those are the ones we gravitate to the most when we visit the Holy Grail of Professional Football accomplishments.

If you look at the past eight classes there have only been 13 first ballot inductees; Larry Allen (2013), Derrick Brooks (2014), Marshall Faulk (2011), Brett Favre (2016), Walter Jones (2014), Jonathan Ogden (2013), Jerry Rice (2010), Deion Sanders (2011), Warren Sapp (2013), Junior Seau (2015), Emmitt Smith (2010), Jason Taylor (2017) and LaDainian Tomlinson (2017) and a lot of talented players have had to wait longer than anticipated.

This includes Terrell Owens, who despite being second all-time in receiving yards has been passed over, likely due to being a divisive presence in numerous NFL locker rooms and his off field shenanigans. The discussion of Owens naturally leads to the newly eligible wide receiver, Randy Moss.

Moss is behind T.O. at third overall in Receiving Yards and like Owens Randy Moss has had his share of poor behavior in and out of the game, though his transition to the media makes him a far more “likable” candidate and one who may leapfrog Owens in the pecking order. Moss is joined by two other strong first ballot candidates, Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher, both of which should get in, though only Lewis seems like a lock to get suited for a blazer next year.

According to MyTopSportsbooks.com, there are only two sure-fire inductees in the 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class: Ray Lewis and Randy Moss. With Moss and Owens on the ballot, the committee is unlikely to put them both in, which could spell another disappointment for the acerbic T.O.   Urlacher, could find himself following last year’s debut candidate, Brain Dawkins who is now in his second year of eligibility. If Dawkins did not get in on his first try, it should be expected that the former Chicago Bear will have a bit of a wait.

The Semi-Finalists will be announced in approximately one month’s time.
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