Owens: Hall of Fame doesn't mean that much to me


Former NFL quarterback Brett Favre is considered a lock for the Hall of Fame in 2016, but what about Terrell Owens?

The six-time Pro Bowl wideout is also eligible for induction next year, but Owens says he isn't concerned with how voters perceive his 15-year NFL career.

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"I can't wrap my head around that whole process because it really, literally, doesn't mean that much to me," Owens said Thursday on The Rich Eisen Show. "I understand what I've done on the field and it's probably well deserving of (the Hall), but I'm being honest, it really doesn't bother me whether I get in or not."

Sixth all-time in catches (1,078), third in receiving touchdowns (153) and second behind only Jerry Rice in yardage through the air (15,934), it's absurd to ponder that Owens, 41, would be denied the Hall after voters just inducted Andre Reed, who -- yes, in a different era -- finished with 2,736 fewer yards and 66 fewer receiving touchdowns despite playing one more season than T.O.

Some speculate that voters will make Owens wait because of the drama and off-the-field issues that trailed him from San Francisco to Philadelphia to Dallas. Owens, though, appears to be at peace with whatever hand he's dealt.

"I guess (being in the Hall) from a standpoint of a legacy or what my kids can really see what I've done, the body of work and appreciate it, then yeah, and my family," Owens told Eisen. "But me, personally, it really doesn't do anything for me because I never played the game for that. I played it because I was competitive. I played it to the point that I realized my talent and I became pretty good at it. That was my motivation. I wanted to win at all costs."

Was T.O. an occasional headache? Yes. Was he also one of the most dominant playmakers of our time? Absolutely. The second affirmation should far outweigh the first.

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