This summer, Terrell Owens will officially be a Pro Football Hall of Famer. The longtime NFL wide receiver is set to have his bust played into the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, but he will not be in attendance to give his induction speech with the rest of the 2018 class — Randy Moss, Brian Dawkins, Brian Urlacher, Ray Lewis, Jerry Kramer, Robert Brazile, and Bobby Beathard.
Instead of being in Canton for Hall of Fame Weekend, Owens will be hosting his own event to celebrate with those who are closest to him.
And when it comes time to deliver an epic speech to make his induction official, Owens will be doing so live from his alma mater, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Owens made the announcement on social media Tuesday, July 3.
“As many of you know, I am foregoing the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Canton. After giving it much thought I have realized just how much I want to celebrate what will inevitably be the best weekend of my life at a place that means so much to me,” Owens wrote in a statement.
“I’m proud to be a Moc, and I’m honored to share this experience with my family, friends, teammates and fans at the place that provided me an opportunity beyond high school and where I truly began to find myself as an athlete. Thank you to everyone who has supported my celebration decision. I look forward to seeing you all in Chattanooga. Getcha popcorn ready!”
During his time at Tennessee-Chattanooga, Owens hauled in 115 catches for 1,748 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was also a letterman on the Mocs’ basketball team which qualified for the 1995 NCAA Tournament, and also anchored the track and field team’s 4×100 relay at the NCAA Championships.
The Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony will take place Saturday, Aug. 4, at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton with live coverage beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET on the NFL Network and ESPN.