Bobby Beathard, Jerry Kramer, Brian Dawkins, Robert Brazile, Brian Urlacher, Ray Lewis, and Randy Moss were inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. So was Terrell Owens, only he was in Chattanooga, not Canton.
Time will tell whether Owens regrets that.
“T.O. should have gone to the Hall of Fame to honor his family, to honor the people that worked to get him there and to be part of an exclusive club,” CBS Sports NFL columnist Pete Prisco said on Taz & The Moose. “You are one of an elite group of players. Go bask in the moment. Get mad, get angry – whatever you want to throw at the voters, fine. But go enjoy the process. I thought he made a mistake with that.”
Owens, 44, was upset that he wasn’t a first-ballot Hall of Famer. He was inducted in his third year of eligibility.
Owens’ statement, though, may have been more powerful had he made it in Canton. Instead of simply not showing up, why not attend and express displeasure with the process?
“It would have been a better way to do it instead of pouting about it,” Prisco said. “I think for sure that would have been a better way. Look, he should have been a first-ballot Hall of Famer. I don’t care what anybody says. If Brian Urlacher is a first-ballot Hall of Famer, if Jason Taylor is a first-ballot Hall of Famer, then Terrell Owens is a first-ballot Hall of Famer. Period. End of story.”
But he wasn’t.
“Sometimes in that room, those guys hold things against them,” Prisco said of the voters. “They can say all they want that they don’t, but they do. He should have been a first-ballot Hall of Famer. I get where he’s angry at the process, but I think he should have sent his message a different way.”
Prisco, by the way, is “a big believer” that the voting process needs to be revamped.
“I don’t think it’s a fair process,” he said. “I think when you got to go into a room and get convinced that somebody’s a Hall of Famer, then you’re not doing your work and not doing your due diligence. I’ve been a big believer in changing the process – and I am not a voter. I just don’t understand the process. There are a lot of things at play that I don’t agree with. . . . There’s guys that influence others in the room, and that’s never a good thing. So I’m a big believer that the process needs to be revamped.”