Martz expressed his frustration over Marvin Harrison and Terrell Owens "leapfrogging" Bruce and Holt into the finals in Owens' first year of eligibility.
"'Surprised' isn't the word," Martz said per the St. Louis Dispatch. "You can't print how I felt when T.O. leapfrogged those two. That's just plain out-and-out ridiculous."
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Martz said it was Owens' persona that put him into Hall of Fame contention.
"Had they promoted themselves, which was contrary to everything we were about, they'd probably get in without an issue. That's just not who we were.
"If they big-timed it and did all that dumb stuff, they'd probably get in earlier," Martz continued. "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?"
Reid coached Owens for two seasons in Philadelphia. Owens helped lead the Eagles to a Super Bowl appearance during the 2004 season, but was also responsible for their tumultuous 2005 outing due to a falling out with quarterback Donovan McNabb (among other incidents).
"There was that one off-the-field issue with him, but everything else, he was a pleasure to coach," Reid added. "The son of a gun would do anything you asked him to do and he'd do it a hundred miles an hour, which not every player will do."
Owens is second in career receiving yards (15,934), third in receiving touchdowns (153) and sixth in receptions (1,078).