Popcorn To Canton

Last May, May 26th, 2017 to be exact, I decided to present a writing to each of you and it was about retired wide receiver Terrell Owens and why he should make the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Since he’s been eligible to make it and his name has appeared on the ballot, he has missed the cut and he didn’t receive the number of votes to get in. I really did my homework and stated why I feel he should be in. We don’t have to wait anymore. Today, it was announced that the legendary wide receiver finally received his phone call and his trip to Canton, Ohio or “football heaven” as a fellow receiver and Hall of Famer Cris Carter has referred to Canton.

If you are simply looking at this man’s antics over his numbers, I want to simply advise you to stop and don’t let what he did off the football field make you forget what he was able to do on the football field. He is one of the greatest wide receivers that I have ever seen play this game of football. Men lie, women lie, but numbers don’t and his numbers simply speak for themselves. Standing tall at 6’3 and 220 pounds, he was as complete as they came. He was powerful, he impacted the short passing game, he was a threat from an intermediate standpoint and he had the speed to get down the field and basically bully a cornerback trying to defend him. You have always heard me say that if you want the ball, go up and get it and Terrell did that with consistency throughout his career. He was very attentive to his craft and his route running and he always wanted to run his routes perfectly and consistently and he always found ways to improve and stay at the top of his game. He was always the guy that always came up first in a defensive team meeting because when he got into a rhythm, he stayed there and getting him out of it was extremely difficult. For a man of his size, I was always impressed with how quickly he was able to run those routes and how fluidly he moved in open space once the football was in his hands. He always found a way to make defenders look absolutely silly in open space when they tried to tackle him and he was always a threat to score or make some type of noise and impact on the field.

I’m beyond happy for this guy and that he finally got in and he’s enshrined with some of the greatest football players in the history of this game. Do you want more numbers? Listen to this: From 2000-10, the man who seemed to be unstoppable caught 856 passes for 12,627 yards and 123 touchdowns; during his incredible seven-year peak between his age 27 and 34 seasons, he averaged 82 catches, 1,220 yards, and 12 touchdowns per year. That was the prime of his career. He was the definition of consistency at one time. This is a very well deserved honor.