T.O set to enter Hall of Fame as a Philadelphia Eagle
Terrell Owens certainly go down as one of the greatest wide receivers of all time. He ranks second all-time in receiving yards, third in touchdown receptions and sixth in receptions. Quite frankly I’m not sure how T.O was not a first ballot Hall of Famer. Owens will be celebrating his way as he will hold a celebration at UT Chattanooga where he played his college football. On Saturday with T.O set to enter the Hall of Fame lets look back at some of his best moments in midnight green.
He wasn't even at 100%…
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Get your popcorn ready
While Owens only spent two seasons in Philadelphia he made his impact felt on and off the field. The first play of his Eagles career went for an 81-yard touchdown. From that moment on everyone knew the season would be special. In 14 games that year T.O caught 77 passes for 1,200 yards and 14 touchdowns. Consequently, in week 15 T.O would suffer an ankle injury at the hands of Roy Williams and the Dallas Cowboys. As a result, Owens missed the next four games.
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The Eagles would now have to reach Jacksonville without their star receiver. However, with great defense and other receivers like Freddie Mitchell and Greg Lewis stepping up the Eagles reached their first super bowl since 1980. Going for nine catches and 122 yards the Patriots had no answer for the former 49er. The Eagles would, unfortunately, fall short 24-21 but what Owens did that night was one of the gutsiest performances ever.
While the Eagles failed to win the Super Bowl the season was a success. Owens seemed to be the missing piece to a team that had lost the previous three NFC Championship games. From the moment he arrived everything changed. In his first regular season as an Eagle T.O caught three touchdowns as the birds defeated the New York Giants 31-17. This would be his first of two three-touchdown games on the season. Furthermore In 21 games with the Eagles Owens caught 20 touchdowns.
The next season, however, was a different story. Owens played in just seven games and the drama with Donovan McNabb took center stage. While it was a bitter ending his two seasons in midnight green will not be forgotten.
Congratulations T.O on a great career
Owens will join Eagles great Brian Dawkins in the Hall of Fame. Each player brought a rather unique intensity that nobody could match. While unfortunate that team could not win the Lombardi they will be remembered as one of the best in team history.
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Regardless of how you feel about him, Owens remains one of the true characters of the game. With T.O set to be inducted congrats on an excellent career. Owens speech will begin at 3:17 pm to symbolize being the 317th member inducted into the Hall.
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