Former Bills wide receiver Terrell Owens is among 15 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The selection committee will gather Feb. 3 in Minneapolis, site of the Super Bowl, to select the Class of 2018 for Canton.
Owens told Sirius XM Radio on Wednesday that he doesn't understand why there is a question about his worthiness. He said the fact that he was not in the Hall of Fame already was a "travesty" and a "black eye to the Hall of Fame committee."
“For me, with the Hall of Fame and what it embodies and what it represents, I think it’s doing a disservice, not only to myself but even some (of the other players who should have been slam-dunk selections),” Owens said. “When it’s a slam dunk and you’re a for sure shoo-in, that’s where you should be. It shouldn’t be any other factors outside of what the bylaws say for an athlete or a player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
“I’m very proud of how my grandmother raised me. When you talk about character issues, what I’ve done, in terms of why they haven’t allowed me or inducted me, it’s a travesty. It’s a black eye to the Hall of Fame and the committee.”
As is obvious, Owens has not shied away from sharing his feelings.
“People deal with different situations how they feel they need to and with me, everybody knows that I’m very honest, probably to a fault,” he said. “I’m very vocal, I’m very outspoken. And I’m going to say what I feel and regardless of whether people like it or not, I think people that have coached me and my teammates that have been around me, they know that I’m a very transparent and I’m a honest person. You’re not going to catch me in a lie.”
Hall of Fame voter Gary Myers said that the discussion about Owens was the second-longest for the committee last year. It could be the same next week.
Myers told the Dan Patrick Show last year of Owens: “He’s a Hall of Fame player that five teams couldn’t wait to get rid of. So what does that tell about how disruptive he was?”