"I would like to set the record straight: It's not because of how many times it took for me to be voted to the Hall. Whether it's three years or 45 years, you should get what you rightfully earned".
Owens told the media after his speech that, at first, the Hall of Fame wasn't going to give him his gold jacket ahead of time unless he was there. Owens also made clear why he chose to enter the Hall of Fame with a ceremony in Chattanooga instead of with Ray Lewis, Randy Moss and former Eagles teammate Brian Dawkins in Ohio.
Terrell Owens had almost everyone in McKenzie Arena standing by the end of his Hall of Fame speech.
Although Owens probably would have heard some boos if he had given his speech in Canton, the people of Chattanooga proved to be the ideal audience for Owens, who went to college at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga from 1992 to 1995.
"If I had to pick, it would be a combination of both guys", Rice said with a laugh.
"This is a big deal you know, for us, because we were always supportive of him, and he was always supportive of us".
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It's a strong shell. "I don't think the injury of Antonio is a big injury. It's the ideal habitat for a young player to grow up and flourish".
The camera showed Cris Carter, a mentor for Moss in his early days in Minnesota and a fellow Hall of Famer.
"I wasn't really too pleased about it, " Owens said of the Hall of Fame's initial reaction regarding the jacket.
"A lot of people say that I may regret not being in Canton 10, 15, 20 years from now", Owens said.
He ends his 15-year National Football League career with 1,078 receptions, 15,934 yards and 153 receiving touchdowns. He portrayed himself as misunderstood. "I love everything about football: the friendships, the coaches, the teachers, the challenges, the opportunity to excel. 'Momma, it was not about me.' I had to go get it for us", Moss added.
"I loved my time in Buffalo. I was proud to be a Buffalo Bill in 2009, for sure", Owens said.