Terrell Owens won’t attend Hall of Fame induction

IRVING, TX - OCTOBER 15: Wide receiver Terrell Owens #81 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates his third touchdown against the Houston Texans on October 15, 2006 at Texas Stadium in Irving, Texas. The Cowboys defeated the Texans 34-6. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Terrell Owens says he won’t attend the induction ceremony for the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame in August, an unprecedented determination by an enshrinee.

Owens was voted into the corridor in February after being denied in his first two years of eligibility.

In an announcement launched Thursday by his publicist, Owens mentioned: “Whereas I’m extremely appreciative of this chance, I’ve made the choice to publicly decline my invitation to attend the induction ceremony in Canton.”

The corridor confirmed that the previous All-Professional receiver knowledgeable them he wouldn’t be available Aug. four for the enshrinements.

“We’re disillusioned however will respect Terrell’s determination to not take part within the enshrinement,” Corridor of Fame President & CEO David Baker mentioned.

“Whereas unprecedented, the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame, the practically 5,000 volunteers and your entire neighborhood are dedicated to celebrating the excellence of the Class of 2018 that can kick off the NFL’s 99th season.

“As we don’t need to detract from this nice honor being loved by the seven different members of the category of 2018 – Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Ray Lewis, Randy Moss and Brian Urlacher – their household, buddies, and followers, the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame can have no additional touch upon the choice made by Terrell Owens.”

Owens entered the league as a third-round choose by San Francisco in 1996 and developed right into a star recognized for some memorable playoff appearances, together with his profitable 25-yard TD catch to beat Inexperienced Bay in 1999; his 177 yards in a comeback win in opposition to the Giants in 2003; and his 9 catches for 122 yards within the 2004 Tremendous Bowl in opposition to New England simply seven weeks after breaking his leg.

He ranks second to Jerry Rice with 15,934 yards receiving and is third on the all-time touchdowns receiving record with 153.

Owens closely criticized the voting course of when he did not be elected in 2016 and 2017. Among the many causes he fell quick had been his being thought of a divisive teammate and detrimental presence within the locker room.

Nonetheless, he acquired robust consideration for the corridor earlier than getting in final February, together with Moss, one other standout receiver.

As maybe an indicator he would possibly skip the August ceremony, Owens did not attend the announcement that he’d been chosen to the corridor.

On Thursday, he mentioned in his assertion: “After visiting Canton earlier this 12 months, I got here to the belief that I want to have a good time what can be some of the memorable days of my life, elsewhere. At a later date, I’ll announce the place and when I’ll have a good time my induction.”

He added his due to the 49ers, Eagles, Cowboys, Payments and Bengals.

“I’m grateful for the relationships solid and the teachings realized whereas a part of every staff,” Owens mentioned. “I want to congratulate all previous, present and future inductees. It’s fairly an honor to be a part of such elite firm. This honor is one thing that I’ll cherish eternally.”

He simply will not be available to see his bust unveiled in August.

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