T.O. to host own HOF speech at UT-Chattanooga

Terrell Owens announced Tuesday that he’ll hold his own Hall of Fame induction celebration at the place where he played his college ball.

Owens had previously said he would skip the official festivities in Canton, Ohio when he is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 4.

His event at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga will be held on the same day.

“As many of you know, I am forgoing the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Canton,” he wrote in a statement. “After giving it much thought, I have realized just how much I want to celebrate what will inevitably be the best weekend of my life at a place that means so much to me.”

“I have decided to give my Hall of Fame speech at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in McKenzie Arena on Saturday, August 4. The event, which is free and open to the public, starts at 3:17 p.m.”

“I’m proud to be a Moc, and I’m honored to be able to share this experience with family, friends, teammates and fans at the place that provided me an opportunity beyond high school and where I truly began to find myself as an athlete. Thank you to everyone who has supported my celebration decision. I look forward to seeing you all in Chattanooga.”

“Getcha popcorn ready!”

At Chattanooga, Owens impressed the San Francisco 49ers enough as a wide receiver for the team to take him in the third round of the 1996 draft. He also played for the basketball team and ran track.

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 yards. 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 49ers in 2002.

–Field Level Media

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