Harrison Named To Hall of Fame, Owens Out
Terrell Owens was not named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, while Philadelphia product Marvin Harrison was, the selection committee announced Saturday night. Harrison will enter the Hall of Fame with Brett Favre, Kevin Greene, Orlando Pace, Tony Dungy, Ken Stabler, Dick Stanfel and Eddie DeBartolo Jr.
When the committee cut the 15 modern-era finalists to 10, Owens was eliminated. The wide receiver played for five teams, incuding the Eagles in 2004 and 2005. He ranks second in NFL history in receiving yards, third in receiving touchdowns and sixth in receptions.
In his one full season with the Eagles, Owens caught 77 passes for 1,200 yards and 14 touchdowns. He set franchise records with his seven 100-yard receiving games in 2004, as well as the 14 receiving touchdowns.
However, his tenure in Philadelphia quickly became toxic as he tried to re-negotiate his seven-year deal worth almost $49 million. He eventually had significant issues with quarterback Donovan McNabb and offensive coordinator Brad Childress.
Owens infamously did shirtless sit-ups in his driveway in front of cameras after a one-week training camp suspension. He only played seven games in his second year in Philadelphia as the Eagles suspended him, before releasing him after the season.
Harrison, meanwhile, made it in his third year of eligibility. The Roman Catholic High School graduate, who was born and raised in Philadelphia, ranks third in NFL history in receptions, fifth in receiving touchdowns and seventh in receiving yards.
“It’s definitely an honor,” Harrison told CBS’s Indianapolis affiliate. “It’s definitely a privilege. It doesn’t just happen. You don’t take it for granted. You don’t just wake up and say, ‘I’m a Hall of Famer.'”