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|Leave it to Terrell Owens to choose to become the first person to celebrate being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame somewhere other than at the Canton Josh Doctson Jersey , Ohio shrine.
The receiver who provided so many exhilarating and exasperating moments during one of the NFL’s most prolific careers is about 600 miles away from Canton this weekend. Hours before the other inductees are honored, Owens will give his own acceptance speech at Chattanooga , where he played college football and basketball and ran track.
Owens announced on Twitter in June that, while ”incredibly appreciative,” he wouldn’t attend the induction ceremony. Owens never shared his reasons for staying away. Less than a month later, Owens again used social media to say he’d hold his own induction ceremony in Chattanooga.
”Getcha popcorn ready!” wrote the man who once celebrated a touchdown with popcorn.
Owens said Friday in Chattanooga there’s a ”flaw in that system” about how Hall of Famers are selected and he wanted to ”make a stand” for future candidates. Owens, who wasn’t selected to the Hall of Fame until his third year of eligibility, noted how grateful he was to accept this honor ”right here where it all began.”
He’s been quite chatty on social media in the weeks leading up to his induction. Owens tweeted that he ”wouldn’t have a PRO career if it wasn’t for Chattanooga (hash)THISISFORYOU.” When asked why he’s bypassing the Canton ceremony, Owens tweeted that ”I don’t need to be on their stage to do it. I’ll be fine & im sure they will be too.”
Chattanooga remains a place where Owens is loved for what he accomplished well before becoming an NFL star. Owens had 2,320 career yards receiving in college and also played basketball on two NCAA Tournament teams before the San Francisco 49ers selected him in the third round of the 1996 draft.
In the NFL, Owens strung together numerous antics – posing on the Dallas Cowboys‘ star logo at midfield, engaging in sideline tirades – with five teams over 15 seasons. But his college coaches marveled at his work ethic and considered him fun to coach.
”First guy (on the field), last guy off,” former Chattanooga football coach Buddy Green said. ”He worked hard, man. He tried to get better every practice. You’d put him on a special team, and he was the first guy down the field. He just loved to play the game. He was great to coach. He worked as hard as anybody on the field, even harder probably.”
Mack McCarthy coached Chattanooga basketball during Owens’ years on campus and remembers a guy who could come off the bench and defend at any position.
”He could not have been a better teammate,” McCarthy said. ”He couldn’t have been better to coach.”
Owens has a busy weekend planned for his return to campus.
He spoke to Chattanooga’s current student-athletes Friday morning and also took 35 area youths on a shopping spree . Athletic director Mark Wharton said the school will have a private dinner for him Friday night and estimates about 2 http://www.buffalobillsteamonline.com/jordan-poyer-jersey ,000 people will gather at McKenzie Arena for Owens’ induction speech Saturday afternoon.
Plans to celebrate Owens’ Hall of Fame career in Chattanooga had been in the works since March. That’s when Wharton attended Owens’ induction into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame and heard some of the receiver’s stories from his college days for over an hour.
”From there, his team started saying fairly immediately that he wanted to do something in Chattanooga round the Hall of Fame,” Wharton said. ”I assumed – we all assumed (since) nobody’s not gone to Canton – we assumed and started planning for the weekend before. Then in May or so, Terrell notified all of us his desires to have it here.”
Owens’ decision to avoid Canton has been called a mistake by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Owens’ former boss who was inducted into the Hall of Famer last year. Several former players and Hall of Famers also have criticized Owens.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame still will honor Owens as part of the weekend festivities. Owens, who ranks second in NFL history in career yards receiving (15,934) and third in touchdown catches (153) , will be part of the 2018 class exhibit with his picture on a light standard at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium and his own glass locker.
Hall of Fame President David Baker called Owens’ decision unprecedented and disappointing .
”We respect he has strong feelings of his own and I respect his right to make that decision,” Baker said. ”I invited him to the hall, even at the last moment he would be welcomed, and he is welcomed every day the rest of his life. Even though he is not here, we will honor him to the best of our ability.”
Owens has never wavered. He retweeted someone who noted any message he provides in his induction speech would be heard by many more people in Canton rather than Chattanooga.
”This choice wasn’t made for the millions,” Owens replied via Twitter . ”It was made for the ones that matter.”
AP Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner contributed to this report.
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"All day. Every second hitting refresh, refresh the Twitter page or whatever you got to do," Crossen said Sunday after making the New England Patriots' final roster as a seventh-round draft pick.
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The cornerback from Western Carolina, once a 147-pound high school quarterback, had made it to the opening roster of a team seeking its sixth Super Bowl win this century.
"I enjoyed it at 4:01 and I'm ready right now," he said. "I was focused at 4:02 to get started for Houston week."
He added he had trouble sleeping both Friday and Saturday nights, the first night worrying and then looking ahead.
"As the business goes, you gotta move on, you gotta prepare, you can't let your mind stay in yesterday," he said. "Moving forward for me is a big deal, especially for me coming in Week 1 as a rookie, I want to make sure I know as much as I need to know going into Game 1.
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The opponent for Week 1 is Deshaun Watson, the mobile Texans quarterback who can drive a defense crazy. That's enough for even a veteran to worry about/
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Crossen dressed in a corner of the locker room with three other young players. Their names, including A.J. Moore and John Atkins, who didn't make the squad, were gone when he came in Sunday morning. Asked if that was different, he said, "It is. It is, very different. But I'm ready to play, focusing on this week and focusing on what I can do to make the team better.
"It's always tough (seeing guys go). I know as a rookie class you come in together, some go and some stay, but at the end of the day I wish everyone who's not here the best and everyone who is here, (to) have a great season."
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"I don't know what to anticipate," Crossen said. "Obviously still a rookie, still learning. I'm just kind of go with the flow. I know we're going to practice, I definitely know that, so only control what I can control and work hard every day.
"It's a joy to be here."
NOTES: The Patriots claimed WR Amara Darboh off waivers from Seattle and WR Chad Hansen off waivers from the Jets. Darboh, 24, was a third-round draft pick (106th overall) in 2017 by Seattle out of Michigan and appeared in all 16 games last year with eight receptions for 71 yards. Hansen, 23, was drafted in the fourth round last year out of California. He played in 15 regular-season games with one start last year and made nine receptions for 94 yards. ... Eight players were signed to the practice squad: OL Cole Croston, QB Danny Etling, OL James Ferentz, DL Trent Harris, WR Riley McCarron, DT Vincent Valentine, RB Ralph Webb and CB Jomal Wiltz. All of those players were with the team for training camp. ... The Patriots placed 2018 seventh-round draft pick TE Ryan Izzo on injured reserve.
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