HOUSTON -- The second time was not the charm for former Buffalo Bills wide receiver Terrell Owens.
In his second year of eligibility, Owens was not among the modern-era finalists voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame during Saturday's selection meeting, traditionally held on the eve of the Super Bowl.
Owens, who is second in NFL career receiving yards and third in career receiving touchdowns, played for the Bills in 2009. The Bills were one of five NFL teams (the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, and Cincinnati Bengals were the others) with which he played during his 15-year career.
Owens was a six-time Pro Bowl selection, a five-time first-team All-Pro, and a three-time league leader in touchdown catches.
Just as in last year's selection meeting, Owens was eliminated in the first reduction vote from 15 to 10.
Controversy followed him everywhere he went during his playing career, and his reputation for divisiveness was viewed as a major reason he has been rejected twice as a finalist.