Terrell Owens skipped HOF ceremony because of sportswriters

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Although there are a lot of former Browns that were fan favorites in Cleveland, most did not put up the production in their careers to give them a chance in the Hall of Fame. He was the MVP of the 2001 title game.

It's the first step in what should be a great weekend for the Bears' legend.

Owens has made the unprecedented move of deciding not to attend the inductions at the Canton shrine.

Not even with all the accolades and all the honors that Brian Urlacher began compiling not long after he was selected by the Bears with the ninth pick in the 2000 NFL Draft.

Owens' speech at his alma mater reiterated why he chose to skip the Hall of Fame festivities. They're life values. In applying what I learned in football for the rest of my life I've discovered we all win.

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"The other part of me being here is because of that woman, because of Connie, because of you, because of your urging me to see a psychologist to talk about my problems and be more open with you about my problems so we could talk things out", he said.

Owens also dropped some humor when a fan yelled out, "I love you, T.O". A senior committee nominee, Kramer became eligible in 1974 after 11 seasons with the Packers in which he won five National Football League championships and two Super Bowls. "You blessed me", Dawkins told Thomas.

Kramer also spent some time placekicking for Green Bay.

Owens thanked everyone from his late grandmother and mother to coaches from his high school days in Alexander City, Alabama, through his time at Chattanooga and into the NFL. "I wanted to take a stand so the next guy coming after me will not have to go through what I, and others, have gone through". He was in on a stunning 185 tackles in 1978. "You prayed for me, you were there for me, you would not let me settle, and for that, I want to present something to you today".

A contributor's committee nominee, Beathard worked for the Chiefs, Falcons, Dolphins, Redskins and Chargers.