CANTON, Ohio -- Former All-Pro wide receiver and Dallas Cowboy Terrell Owens on Thursday announced via an official statement that he will not attend the Aug. 4 Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Canton, Ohio.
“While I am incredibly appreciative of the opportunity, I have made the decision to publicly decline my invitation to attend the induction ceremony in Canton,” the statement said, in part. “I have already shared this information with the Hall. After visiting Canton earlier this year, I came to the realization that I wish to celebrate what will be one of the most memorable days of my life, elsewhere. At a later date, I will announce where and when I will celebrate my induction.”
“We are disappointed but will respect Terrell’s decision not to participate in the Enshrinement,” Pro Football Hall of Fame president and CEO David Baker said in a statement.
Owens, a six-time Pro Bowl selection, accumulated 15,934 receiving yards and 153 receiving touchdowns. In addition to the Cowboys, Owens, 44, played for the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals and the Seattle Seahawks.