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Tuesday's question: Has Terrell Owens done enough to make the pro football Hall of Fame?

December 29, 2009 | 12:21 pm


Reporters from around the Tribune family tackle the question of the day, then you get a chance to chime in and tell them why they are wrong.

Ken Murray, Baltimore Sun

No question Terrell Owens deserves to go in. Until they build halls of fame for only athletes without personality or social flaws, there can be no keeping him out. Owens has done it over time, with big numbers and on very good teams. If his self-serving act has worn out in some places, that’s the way sports has gone in his generation.
He ranks third in NFL history with 143 touchdown catches – behind Jerry Rice and Randy Moss – and fourth with 14,886 receiving yards. But the number that jumps out at me is his 26 touchdown catches of 50 or more yards. That also ranks fourth all-time, but it tells you all you need to know about his place among NFL greats.
A year in Buffalo – his punishment for playing with Tony Romo’s head – has lowered his profile. And yes, he is self-absorbed. Still, there is no valid argument to keep him out of Canton.

Photo: Buffalo Bills wide receiver Terrell Owens runs the ball against the New England Patriots on Sunday. Credit: Luc Leclerc, U.S. Presswire.