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Owens snubs back, gets call to Hall of Fame while playing basketball in LA

Clarence E. Hill Jr., Fort Worth Star-Telegram on

Published in Football

He is finally in. And finally golden.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Owens has always been deserving.

"He is a Hall of Fame player," Jones said. "Certainly, among the players I have been around and played against he is a Hall of Famer."

Former Dallas Cowboys cornerback Everson Walls saw his bid of going from first-time finalist all the way to the Hall of Fame in his final year of eligibility come up short.

But that he got this far 19 years after his retirement makes it likely that he could gain admittance down the road as a candidate on the senior's committee.

As the only player in NFL history to lead the league interceptions three times, Walls is disappointed he didn't get in, but he has no regrets about a process and week in which people were reminded of his greatness.

 

He and his family had a great time this week in Minneapolis and they are looking forward to continuing the process of getting Team Walls in the Hall of Fame.

"It is what it is," Walls said. "I was ready for anything. It didn't work out. It was fun being part of the process. It's been a great weekend with my family. They are disappointed. We all are disappointed. It was fun while it lasted. But I told them the campaign for team Walls begins again tomorrow."

The campaign for Owens is finally over.

Owens' numbers speak for themselves. He caught 1,078 passes for 15,934 yards and 153 touchdowns. In NFL history, he ranks eighth in receptions, second in receiving yards and third in touchdown receptions. Owens holds the NFL record for receptions in a single game (20), had nine 1,000-yard seasons and caught at least 10 touchdown passes in eight seasons.

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