Terrell Owens doesn’t have any regrets about his decision to skip his induction ceremony into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as part of its 2018 class.
The former 49ers wide receiver accepted a Hall-related honor Thursday night at Levi’s Stadium as he was presented with his Hall of Fame ring during a ceremony at halftime of the Raiders-49ers game, but said he stands by what he did earlier this year.
“No regrets at all,” Owens told reporters, per The Sacramento Bee. “I think if anybody knows who Terrell Owens is outside of the media portrayal of me throughout the course of my career … that I stand by what I did according to the criteria by which guys are supposed to be inducted.”
Owens made headlines in August when he became the first person to skip his own Hall of Fame induction ceremony. He remains upset that the voters made him wait three years for the honor. Owens gave a speech at his alma mater, Tennessee-Chattanooga, instead of making the trip to Canton, Ohio.
“When they basically factor in other things outside my body of work and my accomplishments, and that’s what prevented me from getting in, then that was an issue for me,” Owens said. “So, my stats speak loudly. They spoke for themselves. Like I said, this is where it all started.”
Owens played for five teams throughout the span of his 15-year career in the NFL. He spent eight years with the 49ers before bouncing among Philadelphia, Dallas, Buffalo and Cincinnati.
Owens ranks second in NFL history in receiving yards (15,934), third in receiving touchdowns (153) and eighth in receptions (1,078).