Michael Irvin agrees with HOF’s decision to not acknowledge Terrell Owens
In the weeks that have followed the announcement of this year’s Pro Football Hall of Fame class, there has been much attention paid toward Terrell Owens’ decision to stray away from the usual ceremony for the inductees. This has led to the choice to not acknowledge Owens during the enshrinement weekend in Canton, Ohio that is set to take place next month.
There have been several Hall of Famers to voice that they disagree with Owens’ choice to hold his own ceremony. According to Todd Archer of ESPN, former Dallas Cowboys great Michael Irvin is the latest to chime in with his support of the choice to not acknowledge the 44-year-old over that weekend.
“We can’t spend this moment for all these other guys talking about the guy that is not here,” the Hall of Fame wide receiver said Saturday at the National Fantasy Football Convention. “You cannot do that and take that away. He’s doing his own thing wherever he’s doing his own thing, and God bless him. And when they mention the class they’ll mention him, but why should you steal those other guys’ moment because of the decision of this one?
“I think it’s the right move. They’re not saying he’s not going to have a bust in the room. They’re not saying he’s not getting his jacket. They’re saying, ‘We’re honoring his wish. He doesn’t want to be here with us, we’re going to mention him as little as possible.’ I think it’s the right move.”
There has been many to voice that they don’t agree with the actions that Owens has taken since it was announced that he will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. What he is doing is viewed as being his own way of drawing attention from the rest of the class that includes the likes of Randy Moss, Brian Urlacher, Ray Lewis, and Brian Dawkins.
Although it is a personal move to make an individual ceremony at his alma mater, University of Tennessee Chattanooga, next month this brings attention away from the rest of his class. The enshrinement ceremony in Canton is also a time where many of those that played a part in how each of these inductees got to that point.
Ultimately, there will likely be many more Hall of Famers to take the side of the Pro Football Hall of Fame to ignore Owens during that special weekend next month.