MINNEAPOLIS – Terrell Owens’ Hall of Fame wait is finally over.
The former 49ers, Eagles, Cowboys, Bengals and Bills receiver was elected to the 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday after being snubbed the past two years.
Owens’ on-field credentials made him appear like a lock for Canton, with 1,078 career receptions, 15,934 yards and 156 touchdowns in his 16-year career. But Owens’ case was complicated, given his contentious relationships both in the locker rooms where he played and with the media that covered him.
“He should be in. Period,” Eagles running backs coach Duce Staley told USA TODAY Sports this week about his former teammate.
After being shut out the past two years, Owens appeared to be preparing himself this week for another disappointing phone call. Earlier this week, while appearing in a video with USA TODAY Sports on radio row at the Mall of America Bloomington, Minn., Owens jokingly referred to the Hall as the “Hall of Shame.”
"I'm still smiling, aren't I?" Owens said when asked about not making the cut on his first two years as a finalist.
The wide receiver also irked some when he said he wouldn't want to be affiliated with the 49ers when going into the Hall of Fame, even though players don't have to choose such a designation.
"I have my reasoning behind that," Owens said this week. "There are certain situations that the fans aren't privy to. If I'm upset for a certain reason, let me be upset."