BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — The wait is finally over.
Terrell Owens Saturday was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2018.
The former standout wide receiver, who spent one of his 15 NFL seasons with the Buffalo Bills, was chosen for induction into the Canton, Ohio, shrine in his third year of eligibility.
The rest of the Class of ‘18 includes linebackers Ray Lewis, Brian Urlacher and Robert Brazile, wide receiver Randy Moss, safety Brian Dawkins, offensive lineman Jerry Kramer, as well as General Manager Bobby Beathard.
Owens was outspoken about his two previous snubs, heavily criticizing the Hall's selection process. Although he was highly productive, his reputation for being a divisive force on multiple teams was considered a primary reason he was passed over for induction.
Owens ranks second all-time in the league with 15,934 receiving yards, third with 153 receiving touchdowns, and eighth with 1,078 catches.
He spent the first eight seasons of his career with the San Francisco 49ers, who made him a third-round draft pick in 1996 from Tennessee-Chattanooga. He led the 49ers in receptions five times and ranks second in their history with 592 catches, 8,572 yards, and 81 TDs. From 2000 to 2002, Owens went on an incredible tear that saw him catch 290 passes for 4,163 yards and 42 TDs, while establishing career bests for receiving yards (1,451) in 2000 and catches (100) in 2002.
Owens also spent two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles (2004-05), helping them reach their previous Super Bowl (in which he played on his broken leg in a losing effort against the New England Patriots) and three with the Dallas Cowboys (2006-08).
As a member of the Bills in 2009, Owens caught 55 passes for 829 yards and five TDs. He spent the following season with the Cincinnati Bengals before retiring.
Bills coach Sean McDermott, former defensive coordinator of the Eagles, released the following statement about Dawkins: “I’m extremely, extremely happy for Brian and his family. This an honor that is well deserved and something that he earned every step of the way. Brian is one of the best players I’ve been around. First and foremost, he is a class act off the field. And then, on the field, the way he approached the game and the way he inspired everyone around him to raise their game to another level and then the passion in which he played the game are really second to none.”