The show must go on without Terrell Owens in attendance at next month’s Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement festivities.
With Owens skipping the Aug. 4 ceremony and hosting his own Hall of Fame induction celebration at his alma mater, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, that same day, the Hall has decided to exclude the former wide receiver from its proceedings.
Owens won’t be introduced at Friday’s Gold Jacket Dinner or Saturday’s induction ceremony, according to executive director Joe Horrigan. Owens will be mailed his gold jacket Saturday morning.
Only when the 2018 class is referenced as a whole will Owens’ name be included.
“The focus is on the guys who are here,” Horrigan told the Talk of Fame Network.
“There’s no reason to bring [Owens] up as an individual,” Horrigan added. “He’s not here.”
Owens was selected for induction on his third year on the ballot. He expressed dissatisfaction when passed over in his first two years of eligibility.
In addition to Owens, this year’s other inductees are general manager Bobby Beathard and players Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Ray Lewis, Randy Moss and Brian Urlacher.
Owens ranks second in NFL history with 15,934 yards, third with 153 touchdown catches and eighth with 1,078 catches. He was a six-time Pro Bowl selection.
Owens, an outspoken figure throughout this career, topped 1,000 yards nine times and caught a career-best 100 passes for the San Francisco 49ers in 2002.
–Field Level Media