“I think his numbers are very worthy, but again on the other side of it, I think his actions on and off the field, on the sidelines, in the locker room, and the fact he played for so many teams and was such a great player. The question that comes back to me is if he was such a great player, why did so many of those teams get rid of him? And I think we all know the answers. I think he did receive a fair evaluation of his career, both pros and cons. But obviously ripping the Hall of Fame in the process, what good is that going to do. I just don’t understand that. I didn’t understand a lot of things he did in his career.” - Dan Fouts
Let me start off by saying I'm a huge Giants fan, so me sticking up for TO is something I thought I'd never do, however Dan Fouts dumbass comments made me have to. I watched this man kill the Giants for about a 7 year period, during that stretch he played the Giants at least 10 times, and each time he was a matchup nightmare. There's no denying the talent of Terrell Owens on the field, any defensive back that ever had to try to defend him will tell you that, so why are these HOF voters stupid enough to keep him out of the hall of fame.
Dan Fouts, a former NFL quarterback and now NFL HOF voter says that his off the field actions kept T.O. out of the hall for a second straight year. His excuse for not voting him in was if he was such a great player why did he play for so many teams. Well dumbass, TO really only played for 3 teams during the prime of his career, in what world is that so many teams. In the NFL if you aren't a good quarterback or the best defensive player on the team odds are you're going to move around the league quite a bit. Since TO was such an outstanding player and polarizing figure when he was traded or released it was a momentousness event. They say he was a locker room cancer, yet he was on so many winning teams, so was he really effecting the locker room enough that it translated to the field? The numbers don't seem to correlate with that assumption. In 14 full NFL seasons, Terrell Owens was apart of 9 winning seasons. Realistically if he was that much of a detriment to the team he wouldn't of had so much winning success throughout his career. His impact on the field should overshadow any of his off the field bullshit, when he joined the Eagles in 2004 he was a huge reason they went 13-3 in the regular season. Also, when he joined the Cowboys in 2006 he helped lead them to the playoffs two years in a row, and could've been three straight years if Tony Romo didn't shit the bed in the final game of the 2008 season. Clearly Terrell Owens helped teams win, and he helped teams win a lot having a career record of 124-75 before heading to Buffalo and Cincinnati after his prime, which were just paydays for him at that point in his career.
Now, I'm not going to sit here and act like T.O. is some angel, nevertheless the way he's presented in the media as this lockeroom cancer and horrible dude is blown way out of proportion. T.O. never really had any major beefs in his 49ers tenure, he had contract disputes with the front office, what great wide receiver doesn't. Cheap fucks just didn't want to pay him what he was worth. The biggest controversy was after he left the team and implied Jeff Garcia was gay. Yes, not the nicest thing to do, but he was off the team so he wasn't hurting his team at that point. The NFL HOF shouldn't be judging people off morals, or else half the guys from the old days wouldn't be in their, so stop playing he's a bad guy card. In Philadelphia he might've beefed with his QB a little too much which is never good, and he may have acted Diva-esque, that doesn't mean he didn't do great things for that team as well. T.O. played in the Super Bowl with a broken leg essentially, not many if any players would've been able to do what T.O. did, and he also put up ridiculous numbers in that game, almost leading the Eagles to their first Super Bowl championship. Did T.O. let Philly not acknowledging his personal achievements go a little too far, yes. We all know these wide receivers are a little in love with themselves it comes with the position. He ultimately got bounced from the Eagles for taking shots at Donovan McNabb, which he eventually did apologize for, and the Eagles offense was never the same without him, proving just how valuable he was to that team. He went onto play in Dallas following the shit storm in Philly, he had outstanding success, and if it weren't for Tony Romo botching a field goal snap and the Giants magical playoff run he would've had great playoff success in Dallas. Did he complain about his targets more than he should've? Probably, since when is it a bad thing for your star receiver to be hungry for the ball, that's just something you gotta live with. He also stood up for Tony Romo after the 2007 playoff lose to the Giants, he got a little too emotional and cried like a bitch, although that seems like a lot of passion, and a good teammate to me.
What Dan Fouts said proves to me that some of the guys that are voting shouldn't be voting, and that'll be made clear next year. Randy Moss will be on the ballot next year and there's no doubt that he will be voted into the HOF as a first ballot hall of famer, as he should be. If Dan Fouts truly believes what he said to be true though, Randy Moss doesn't deserve to get in either. The stats are are scary identical, and some might argue Randy Moss had bigger off the field issues than TO. Moss has been arrested on multiple occasions, Moss walked off the field during a game in Minnesota quitting on his team essentially, and his stint in Oakland was a complete joke where he really just never seemed to give a shit about the team's success. To say that's not just as bad or worse than what TO did is just a flat lie, so please prove to the world that all you NFL HOF voters are hypocrites, because when you vote in Randy Moss and not Terrell Owens you will be doing just that. Yes, a die hard Giants fan just defended the shit out of T.O., that's almost sacrilegious, but I saw this man do horrible things to my Giants year in and year out, so to see him not get the respect I learned to have for him is just downright unbelievable.
Terrell Owens is also one of the greatest touchdown dance performers of all-time. That's gotta count for something right. To help forget about this travesty here's a video of T.O. burning defensive backs and some of his most legendary touchdown dances ever.