Posts Tagged ‘Terrell Owens’

It’s Jerry Rice and Larry Fitzgerald alone at the top of the all-time receiving yards list.

Fitzgerald surpassed Terrell Owens on Sunday for second on the NFL’s receiving leaderboard. The Arizona Cardinals wideout needed just 33 yards to jump the NFL Hall of Famer, and he recorded 50 on Sunday to take him to 15,954 for his career.

Only Rice stands between Fitzgerald and the top of the mountain.

PLAYER YARDS SEASONS
1 Rice 22895 20
2 Fitzgerald 15934 15
3 Owens 15902 16

Fitzgerald has nine seasons of more than 1,000 yards in his career. Playing in his 15th season, he currently has 34 receptions and 357 yards during the current campaign.

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Hall of Fame wide receiver Terrell Owens believes it’s time the New York Giants make a change at quarterback.

Odell (Beckham) can’t perform because (Eli Manning) is not performing. So, they should basically replace the quarterback,” Owens told TMZ Sports.

“I mean, if it was anybody else, any other quarterback, he would have already been replaced. So, at this point, give someone else an opportunity.”

The Giants rank 28th in the league in points per game with 18.8 and are 20th with 353.2 total yards per game.

Manning has been pressured on 126 of his drop-backs this season, which is the third most among all quarterbacks, according to Jordan Reid of Inside the Pylon. Owens, however, isn’t buying that the offensive line is the biggest problem.

“You have special players that are behind those not-so-great lines that can make something out of nothing,” he said. “Eli’s not one of those types of quarterbacks. He needs protection.”

Through eight starts, Manning has completed 68.3 percent of his passes for 2377 yards and eight touchdowns to go along with six interceptions. He ranks 20th in the league with a quarterback rating of 90.9.

Terrell Owens appears to be forcing the Pro Football Hall of Fame to rethink its current rules.

The Hall of Fame is considering a new requirement that candidates must commit to attending the enshrinement ceremony before the selection committee makes its final choices, a source told Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio.

The potential change stems from 2018 inductee Terrell Owens, who chose not to attend the ceremony and instead celebrated at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. It was a major talking point among Hall of Fame members during an annual luncheon Friday, with Florio adding that most strongly disagreed with Owens’ decision, while some supported him.

Under the potential new requirement, the 25 semifinalists would sign an agreement stating they would attend the enshrinement ceremony if selected.

Owens took issue with the Hall of Fame selection process, claiming the sportswriters who vote are not aligned with the mission and the core values of the Hall of Fame.

The Edmonton Eskimos have added Terrell Owens to their negotiation list, TSN’s David Naylor reports.

Owens hasn’t played a down since the 2010 NFL season, when he featured for the Cincinnati Bengals.

The six-time Pro Bowler is scheduled to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this summer. Owens recently made headlines for stating that he won’t attend the ceremony. On Monday, he posted an Instagram video that appears to show him running a 40-yard dash in 4.43 seconds.

Terrell Owens waited two years to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but he won’t attend the ceremony.

The retired NFL receiver was snubbed by Hall of Fame voters in the two previous years before finally receiving the call this February, and his induction has apparently done little to cool the sting of not making the cut earlier.

Owens posted a statement on his website Thursday, declining the invitation to his induction ceremony.

While I am incredibly appreciative of this opportunity, I have made the decision to publicly decline my invitation to attend the induction ceremony in Canton. I have already shared this information with the Hall. After visiting Canton earlier this year, I came to the realization that I wish to celebrate what will be one of the most memorable days of my life, elsewhere. At a later date, I will announce where and when I will celebrate my induction.

Owens added that he is honored to be enshrined and thanked the five teams he played for: the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, Buffalo Bills, and Cincinnati Bengals.

David Baker, president and CEO of the Hall of Fame, shared his disappointment with Owens’ “unprecedented” move.

“We are disappointed but will respect Terrell’s decision not to participate in the Enshrinement,” Baker said in a statement obtained by Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.

“While unprecedented, the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the nearly 5,000 volunteers, and the entire community are committed to celebrating the excellence of the class of 2018 that will kick off the NFL’s 99th season.”

The class of 2018 also includes Ray Lewis, Randy Moss, Brian Urlacher, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Bobby Beathard, and Robert Brazile.

Owens, a five-time All-Pro, owns the second-most receiving yards (15,934) in NFL history, trailing only former teammate Jerry Rice. He also has the fifth-most career touchdowns of any player in league history.

For anyone wondering how Terrell Owens feels about his former head coach, Wednesday night provided all the evidence needed.

The former Dallas Cowboys receiver blasted Jason Garrett during an interview on 105.7 The Fan, questioning why he still has his job with the legendary franchise.

“When you really look at it, it doesn’t make sense for Jason Garrett to continue to have his job,” Owens said. “For me, it’s mind-boggling. I don’t understand. And I think Jerry (Jones) – again he’s the owner at the end of the day, he has to feel good with himself about the decisions – but I just don’t understand why this guy (Garrett) still has a job.”

Garrett served as the Cowboys’ offensive coordinator in two of Owens’ three seasons with the club, so Owens is definitely familiar with playing under his leadership.

Dallas is 67-53 under Garrett’s watch, but has just one playoff win in eight seasons.

“At the end of the day, how can you keep allowing the players to be the scapegoat for what’s not happening? Especially when you have a head coach that’s supposed to be offensive-minded,” Owens asked. “They’re supposed to direct and lead the team to where it hasn’t gotten in a number of years, and they’ve pretty much been at a standstill under coach Jason Garrett.”

Prior to Terrell Owens’ inclusion in the NFL Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018, the wide receiver’s candidacy was largely clouded with questions about his attitude and behavior, despite putting up undeniably impressive career numbers.

His third year on the ballot proved to be the one that sealed the deal, and the testimony of one former teammate in particular may have had a lot to do with that.

As this year’s candidates were being considered, Hall of Fame voters were given an 11-page document including nearly 30 testimonials from former teammates of Owens in order to vouch for him as deserving of induction, according to Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports, who is also a member of the Hall of Fame selection committee.

One endorsement in particular came from former San Francisco 49ersquarterback Jeff Garcia, who at times seemed to have as rocky a relationship with Owens as any other teammate.

Garcia gave permission for part of his statement to be made public, according to Maiocco, and in it he says while Owens’ energy was sometimes viewed in a negative manner, his on-field production spoke the loudest.

My response to your question about Terrell Owens is that I believe he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.

Personality and off-the-field reputation put aside, he was one of the most feared players at his position and was highly productive despite all of the extra attention and defensive game-planning that came his way in order to disrupt his performance.

He was one of the hardest workers on the practice field, and come game day, he always gave all that he could give, despite at times dealing with personal injury.

He was a physical beast on the field and created matchup problems in favor of our offense. The combination of size, speed, and physicality that he brought into a game made him difficult to defend.

He wore his emotions on his sleeve and sometimes that was taken in a negative way, but there’s no taking away from the fact that he wanted to win badly and is near the top of every important receiving category in the history of the NFL. No matter who his QB was or what team he played for, his production was consistent and raised the standard of the position from a performance aspect.

The proof is in what he did on the field.