T.O. says thanks, but he’ll skip Hall of Fame ceremony
Terrell Owens won’t be there this summer when he’s inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Instead, he will be “elsewhere.”
Owens dropped a bombshell Thursday by announcing on his website he has declined his invitation to attend the induction ceremony Aug. 4.
Begging Owens to reconsider was none other than Steve Young, one of his former quarterbacks and a 2005Hall of Fame inductee.
“The damage to the relationship could be permanent. You don’t want that,” Young said on ESPN about Owens impact on fellow Hall of Famers. “So I beg him to reconsider because the longevity of all the people that want to respect him and that he should respect as well. Forget about, ‘I’m mad at the voters, I’m mad at the system.’ The damage that could be done by not going could overwhelm him over a period of time.”
Elected in his third year of eligibility, Owens said he is “truly humbled” and “honored” to be part of this year’s class that includes fellow wide receiver Randy Moss, linebackers Ray Lewis, Brian Urlacher and Robert Brazile, safety Brian Dawkins, guard Jerry Kramer and contributor Bobby Beathard.
“After visiting Canton earlier this year, I came to the realization that I wish to celebrate what will be one of themostmemorable days of my life, elsewhere,” Owens said without detailing his alternative plan.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame called Owens’ “No” RSVP unprecedented.
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NCAA TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS» Mackenzie Little and Jenna Gray finished 1-2 in the javelin as the Stanford women sit in first place at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon.
Along with Lena Giger’s third in the shot put and Valarie Allman’s eighth in the hammer, Stanford has 25 points – all from throwers – with Florida second with 17.
Little became Stanford’s first NCAA women’s champion since Kori Carter won the 400 hurdles in 2013.
• Cal junior Lauren Martinez set a school record as she took 11th in the pole vault.
Martinez earned second-team All-America honors with the vault of 13-7.25.
• San Jose State sophomore Destiny Longmire, the first woman track and field athlete to compete in a NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship in school history, earned second-team All-America honors with her 14th-place finish in the long jump.