Owens isn’t con­cerned about Hall of Fame

The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS - BY MARISSA PAYNE marissa.payne@wash­post.com

For­mer NFL star Ter­rell Owens is not the type to fade into the back­ground. But when it comes to get­ting in­ducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 2016, he’s says he doesn’t re­ally care.

“I can’t wrapmy head around that whole process, be­cause it re­ally, lit­er­ally, doesn’t mean that much to me,” Owens told “The Rich Eisen Show” (via NFL.com) on Thurs­day. “I un­der­stand what I’ve done on the field, and it’s prob­a­bly well de­serv­ing of [the Hall of Fame], but I’m be­ing hon­est. It re­ally doesn’t bother me whether I get in or not.”

The five-time all-pro’s stats speak as highly of his skills as he does. He ac­cu­mu­lated 15,934 re­ceiv­ing yards and 153 touch­downs in his 15-sea­son NFL ca­reer, which puts him in sec­ond and third place, re­spec­tively, in the league record books, ac­cord­ing to ProFoot­bal­lRef­er­ence.com.

Hall of Famer Jerry Rice is the only player to have more re­ceiv­ing yards (22,895) than Owens, and Rice and Randy Moss are ahead of Owens in re­ceiv­ing touch­downs (197 and 156, re­spec­tively).

Owens’s stats beat out Hall of Famers Cris Carter, Tim Brown, Steve Lar­gent and many more, which would seem to make a good case that he be­longs.

“I guess [be­ing in the Hall] from a stand­point of a legacy or whatmy kids can re­ally see what I’ve done, the body of work and ap­pre­ci­ate it, then yeah, andmy fam­ily,” said Owens, 41. “But me, per­son­ally, it re­ally doesn’t do any­thing for me be­cause I never played the game for that. I played it be­cause I was com­pet­i­tive. I played it to the point that I re­al­ized my tal­ent and I be­came pretty good at it. That wasmy mo­ti­va­tion. I wanted to win at all costs.”

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