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

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

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Owens, who played with the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals, earned six Pro Bowl invitations and was named first-team All-Pro five times.

Only Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice had a better statistical resume.

It's kind of ironic and fitting that Owens is going in with Moss and Lewis, who both were inducted in their first year of eligibility.

Both also had their own set of off the field issues and character concerns. But unlike Owens, those things didn't hold them back or make them wait for getting the call to the Hall of Fame.

He not only made the final cut Saturday after a lengthy 45-minute discussion among the voters, the longest for any of the candidates, but he was voted in.


But rather than a knock on the door, he had to get the call while getting ready for a basketball game in Los Angeles.

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