Terrell Owens was not in Canton, Ohio, choosing instead to hold his own ceremony in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Brian Urlacher has become a record-28th Chicago Bear inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Like most of us, Owens also admired Bryant's unmatched work ethic and undying devotion to his craft.
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Terrell Owens had almost everyone in McKenzie Arena standing by the end of his Hall of Fame speech.
"For her to understand what this jacket means to me ..."
The Pro Football Hall of Fame is an exclusive club of football players that were among the best that ever stepped on a football field.
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None of his former National Football League teammates could be seen in the crowd.
"I love you too", Owens said before pausing, according to Sports Illustrated's Greg Bishop.
Owens' speech at his alma mater reiterated why he chose to skip the Hall of Fame festivities.
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Owens had a remarkable 16-year career in the NFL. At times, he was grateful for help received along the way, cited a Bible verse from Deuteronomy, and even thanked people who "defamed" him behind his back and teammates who hated him. They were going to mail it to him Saturday. "'Momma, it was not about me.' I had to go get it for us", Moss added. "I want to thank you for opening the door and not being scared to reach out", Moss said. Several fans even shouted words of encouragement on the multiple occasions where Owens was so overcome by emotion that he couldn't speak.