Terrell Owens, one of the NFL's most talented and polarizing players in his career, was denied entry into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. Owens announced the news on his Twitter account:
This was Owens' first year on the ballot.
From a talent standpoint, Owens deserved to be named a first-ballot Hall of Famer. He finished his 16 year career with 1,078 receptions, 15,934 yards and 153 touchdowns. In NFL history, Owens is currently sixth all time in receptions, second in receiving yards, and third all-time in receiving touchdowns.
On the field, Owens was one of the most dominant players in NFL history. Despite his dominance on the field, Owens' problems off the field likely cost him this year. Owens had issues with many of the quarterbacks he played with throughout his career and he carried the reputation of being a problem in the locker room. There's no doubt that these issues off the field cost Owens.
Owens only spent one season with the Buffalo Bills, but by all accounts he was a great teammate during his tenure with the team. In 2009, Owens caught 55 passes for 829 yards and five touchdowns for the Bills.
T.O. will eventually get into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but he was more than deserving to get in as a first-ballot Hall of Famer.