Owens explained his decision to not attend the official Hall of Fame ceremony was in effort to spark change for what he perceives as mistreatment of certain athletes who have been eligible to be enshrined. The question is who would Rice take opposite of himself in a hypothetical game of Hall of Famers. Once the process is whittled down to the top five, a candidate needs 80 percent of the vote. "Whether it's three years or 45 years, you should get what you rightfully earned".
In a press conference after his induction, Owens said that going to Canton would have just been uncomfortable for him, "I'm not going to do a dog-and-pony show and smile at the people's faces and be fake", Owens said.
Moss, who received his gold jacket along with Ray Lewis, Brian Dawkins, Brian Urlacher, Jerry Kramer, Robert Brazile and Bobby Beathard during the ceremony, was clearly touched by their appearance, particularly in-season. However, in my heart, I know that this is the right thing to do.
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"Many of you are probably wondering why we're here, instead of Canton", Owens said.
Owens entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame in a celebration uniquely his own Saturday afternoon at his alma mater before approximately 3,000 fans who frequently cheered, chanted "T.O." and gave him the occasional standing ovation.
"I wasn't really too pleased about it, " Owens said of the Hall of Fame's initial reaction regarding the jacket.
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Owens went on to say the sport writers who select who gets into the Hall are not in alignment with what the HOF truly represents. The six-time Pro Bowler compiled 15,934 receiving yards and 153 receiving touchdowns on 1,078 career receptions.
"Believe me when I tell you all, where I come from, I knew I had to carry you all", Moss said.
"I was proud to wear it for 13 years. 'Momma, it was not about me.' I had to go get it for us", Moss added. "But I love me more".
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