Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

In unprecedented move, Terrell Owens won't attend Hall of Fame induction ceremony

In unprecedented move, Terrell Owens won't attend Hall of Fame induction ceremony

Owens was voted into the hall in February after being denied in his first two years of eligibility. His announcement Thursday is unprecedented by an enshrinee.

Former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens, who was selected for enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame with this year's class, has announced that he will not be in attendance for the induction festivities or the enshrinement ceremony.

"I'm kind of over it, to be honest", Owens told WFAN in January, days before the Hall announced his induction.

The enshrinement ceremony is scheduled for August 4 at the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium and will be nationally televised on ESPN and the NFL Network.

The other inductees, Randy Moss, Ray Lewis, Brian Urlacher, Brian Dawkins, Robert Brazile, Jerry Kramer, and Bobby Beathard, are expected to take part in the festivities.

As a member of the Bills in 2009, Owens caught 55 passes for 829 yards and five TDs. He earned six Pro Bowl selections and had 15,934 career receiving yards.

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Owens heavily criticized the voting process when he failed to be elected in 2016 and 2017. His divisive personality was thought to be the reason he had to wait. "Honestly, doesn't mean anything to me to get in beyond this point".

The decision to decline the invitation and not attend his own induction ceremony is unprecedented.

Owens attended the Warriors' Game 3 win in the NBA Finals on Sunday, a day after appealing to 49ers general manager John Lynch via Twitter to sign him and end a seven-season hiatus/retirement. There's no stain on them because someone doesn't want to show up.

The mercurial receiver was the most controversial and polarizing player in the league during the height of his career and left a trail of burning bridges from San Francisco to Philadelphia to Dallas. Then think of Terrell Owens.

He previously announced he would have his wide receivers coach from his early days of the 49ers, George Stewart, be his presenter at the Hall of Fame. "Now he doesn't want to go to the hall? This honor is something that I will cherish forever".

"But don't think of even considering it a sad day for the Hall of Fame", Bell said.

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