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HOF Voter Defends Decision To Vote Against T.O.

Find out what one voter had to say about not voting for Terrell Owens.

Mark Gunnels

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When Terrell Owens didn’t get voted into this year’s Hall of Fame class, it created tons of conversation throughout the football landscape and for good reason. First of all, Owens is second all-time in receiving yards with 15,934 and he’s third in receiving touchdowns with 153.

Despite having those career accomplishments, it wasn’t enough for Hall of Fame voter Vic Carucci.

“[Hall of Famer and Hall of Fame voter Dan Fouts] looked at the fact that at the height of Owens’ career, three teams — the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, and Dallas Cowboys — all were willing to let him go,” Carucci writes. “Owens’ inability to stick with the Niners, Eagles, and Cowboys is significant because it goes to the heart of the problem that numerous people with whom I have spoken about him have: He was a horrible teammate.”

Carucci continued on.

“The common assessment of Owens was that his greatness was more than offset by the way he consistently pulled apart the fabric of each of those teams,” Carucci writes. “That is where Hall-of-Famers, such as Fouts, have their biggest issues with Owens. That is where the many other Hall-of-Famers with whom I spoke about all the finalists told me, to a man, they did not want Owens on their team. I simply could not ignore that.”

If this continues to be the criteria Owens gets judged off of then he’ll never make it to Canton, but if you just look at his on the field production, there’s no question he should get in.

Source: Buffalo News

Mark Gunnels is an NFL columnist for Football Insiders. He has several years of experience covering the NFL and NCAA football. He's the radio color commentator for Lincoln University football. Mark's work has been featured on Sports Illustrated, Fox Sports and Yard Barker.

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