Terrell Owens was not voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year, and Jamie Dukes has a problem with that.
A big one.
“If you look at his numbers – and that’s really what matters at the end of the day – he (was one of the best to ever play),” the former NFL lineman said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “That’s why he’s the No. 3 or No. 2 guy in touchdowns in NFL history. He’s the only guy who can say he’s second or third. Of all of the players who have ever played in this league, he is two or three in all of these categories of all those Hall-of-Fame players. His resume is better numbers-wise than every wide receiver in the Hall of Fame except Jerry Rice. Boy, if I can’t make a case for being a Hall of Famer and we’re worried about what he said in the locker room, that’s crazy.”
Owens, a six-time Pro Bowler, is second all-time in receiving yards (15,934) and third in receiving touchdowns (153). That’s the good news. The bad news is he is regarded as one of the most petulant, problematic players in NFL history. That’s probably why Owens, who was in his first year of Hall eligibility, didn’t even make the cut from 15 to 10.
Owens, in typical T.O. fashion, lashed out at his critics for the Hall-of-Fame snub, saying Wednesday that Cris Carter begged his way to Canton. Carter, a 2013 inductee, ranks fourth in catches (1,101), fourth in touchdowns (130) and 12th in yards (13,899).
“You can’t beg your way in,” Dukes said, “but the problem with the process is that Cris Carter should have been in the Hall of Fame (long before he got there). Andre Reed should have been in the Hall of Fame a long time ago. My problem is with the people who vote. These petty people with their petty agendas are petty. That’s my problem with it.”
DA didn’t think it was fair to call the entire 46-person panel petty.
“I’m not saying it’s all of them,” Dukes said, “but there’s enough of them. The process is screwed up. I love baseball’s process – because with baseball you don’t have 44 or 48 people controlling it all. To me, there are too few people voting (for the Pro Football Hall of Fame). In baseball, whether it’s 500 (people) or whatever it is, those people don’t have control. But these (46 people do) and the process just sucks. That’s the only way I can say it. It’s awful, and the agendas – the petty agendas that are there – are awful. It’s shameful that a guy like Charles Haley had to wait a long as he waited because people didn’t like him. Who are they to hold a Hall of Fame resume back because you don’t like him? (Especially when) you’ve done nothing in the landscape of sports? That’s my problem.”