Former St. Louis Rams Head Coach, Mike Martz, spoke with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and was very candid about he felt about Owens being a Finalist, while his former receivers, Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt were not.
"You can't print how I felt when T.O. leapfrogged those two. That's just plain out-and-out ridiculous. If they big-timed it and did all that dumb stuff, they'd get in probably earlier. I think they'll eventually get in. I don't think that's an issue, but it's tragic that people think of them like that. If Marvin Harrison gets in, how could they not get in?
Look at their production. More importantly, look at their yards per catch. And then look at it consistently over a long period of time -- it'll compare to anybody. In some cases, nobody comes close. I mean nobody's even come close to what Torry did."
Along with Owens, Marvin Harrison is one of two Wide Receivers who made the Finalists for the Hall of Fame. Bruce and Holt did not make that cut this year.
For reference here are the key statistics for all four players:
While T.O. does seem to have the greater overall statistics, all four are Hall of Fame caliber and it is worth noting however that Owens is the only one without a Super Bowl Ring.
Martz might be upset over the perceived snub of his Wide Receivers, he does have two players, Quarterback, Kurt Warner and Offensive Lineman, Orlando Pace have made the final round.
On Saturday, the next class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame will be announced, and you can believe we will be watching intensely!