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49ers great Steve Young encourages Terrell Owens to reconsider HOF boycott

Terrell Owens

The moment will forever be a fixture in the Bay Area.

Steve Young, working under the center thanks to the cutthroat nature of the true west coast offense, took his seven-step drop prior to delivering a strike to Terrell Owens on the post for one of the most shocking NFL Postseason touchdowns of all-time.

The 1998 NFC Wild Card Game between the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers has forever linked Young and Owens.

Now, big brother is urging the newest member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame to reconsider his induction boycott, via Cam Inman of The Mercury News.

“It’s shocking,” Young said, via Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group, “especially in context for what it feels like to be there and the guys that you surround yourself with and the meaning it has personally and just for the team and the respect of all the people that got you there. . . . The relationship with the Hall of Fame for him has been difficult, because they delayed his time getting in. I’m sure there’s resentment and scar tissue about it, but I beg him to reconsider.”

Young, a Hall of Fame member himself, understands the unspoken rules involved.

“The damage to the relationship could be permanent,” Young said. “You don’t want that. So I beg him to reconsider because the longevity of all the people that want to respect him and that he should respect as well. Forget about, ‘I’m mad at the voters, I’m mad at the system.’ The damage that could be done by not going could overwhelm him over a period of time.”

This is just who Terrell Owens is. It’s why—despite Earth-shattering numbers—it took him three attempts to finally break on through.

When T.O. is involved, controversy must be present. It’s the way his mind works, the way his career played out and now, he has one final opportunity to stun the football world.

Most onlookers doubt Steve Young’s words do much to change Owens’ mind.