Jerry on T.O.’s Decision to Skip Hall of Fame Ceremony
“This is a mistake…Terrell, as you know, has a mind of his own”
Terrell Owens, a member of the 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame induction class, is skipping the ceremonies in Canton, Ohio in favor of holding his own celebration and at his alma mater, Tennessee-Chattanooga. Jerry Jones, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame last year, thinks the former Cowboys wide receiver has made the wrong decision.
During Wednesday’s State of the Team address to open 2018 Dallas Cowboys Training Camp in Oxnard, California, Jones was very clear in regards to where he stands on T.O.’s decision.
“He is making a mistake, but that’s his decision,” Jones said of Owens. “Terrell, as you know, has a mind of his own.”
Jones and Owens had a less-than-amicable parting after Jones decided to release Owens from the Cowboys’ roster following the 2008 season. Maybe that’s why Owens made no effort to solicit advice from Jones.
“He did not ask my advice,” Jones stated flatly. “Had he asked my advice – or had I been compelled to – I would have shared with him that this is a mistake. You, for your own reasons, but more importantly, because of fans, you should participate. I did not give him that advice and consequently you see where he’s going.”
Owens’ decision to hold his own ceremony is due in part to the fact that he was not a first-ballot Hall of Famer.
As for Jones’ memories of last year’s Hall of Fame weekend festivities in Canton?
“I had one of the great experience that ever happened to me last year.”