Terrell Owens not named to Pro Football Hall of Fame

Terrell Owens not named to Pro Football Hall of Fame

It turns out, one of the most polarizing athletes in Philadelphia history is still pretty polarizing. 

In his second year of eligibility, Terrell Owens fell short again to make the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Long-time Eagles safety Brian Dawkins was also left out of the class of 2017 (see story). Running backs LaDainian Tomlinson and Terrell Davis, quarterback Kurt Warner, kicker Morten Andersen and defensive end Jason Taylor will be this year's inductees. They'll be formally enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, on Aug. 5. 

Owens, 43, played just 21 regular-season games with the Eagles, but has had an unquestionable long-lasting impact on the city of Philadelphia and serves as a reminder of how close the Eagles got to their first Super Bowl championship. 

In 2004, he caught 77 passes for 1,200 yards and 14 touchdowns in 14 games before a leg injury kept him out until Super Bowl XXXIX. But Owens returned to catch nine passes for 122 yards in the loss to New England. His 14 receiving touchdowns are still an Eagles’ record for a single season. 

In 2004 and 2005, Owens played in a total of 21 regular season games (and the Super Bowl). During those regular season games, he caught 124 passes for 1,963 yards and 20 touchdowns. 

Owens averaged 93.5 yards per game during his stint with the Eagles, which is the highest per-game average in franchise history. 

As much as Owens is known for his great play while in Philadelphia -- and other stops -- he's as known for his divisive behavior in locker rooms. His feud with former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb has been well noted and, of course, there were the shirtless sit-ups. Unhappy with his contract, in August of 2005, Owens held a press conference in the driveway of his New Jersey home, where he answered questions while doing sit-ups, flanked by agent Drew Rosenhaus. Owens did play in 2005, but was suspended and cut before the start of the 2006 season. 

While the sit-ups will live in infamy, it's almost a shame that the sit-ups and the celebrations and the divisive antics have at times overshadowed Owens' play and were likely the reason it took him two tries to make it into the Hall of Fame. 

Because when Owens was on the field, there were few better. 

During his 15-year career with five different teams, Owens made six Pro Bowls and climbed up the all-time record lists for receivers. He's second all-time in receiving yards with 15,934 and third in receiving touchdowns with 153. 

There are two players in NFL history with at least 1,000 receptions, 15,000 receiving yards and 150 receiving touchdowns: Jerry Rice and Terrell Owens. 

Looking at the numbers should have been an absolute no-brainer. 

“The thing about Terrell is, on the field, outstanding talent," McNabb said to CBS Radio last year. "Probably one of the best receivers that I played with in the pro ranks. He’s one of the best to have ever done it, and will he be a Hall of Famer? Absolutely."

Owens' career started as a third-round pick out of Tennessee-Chattanooga. In his rookie season, he had 35 catches for 520 yards, but by his third NFL season, he eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in his career. He did it eight more times before his career came to a close in 2010. 

During his long career, Owens played for the 49ers, where he spent seven seasons and grew into an All-Pro player, before heading to Philadelphia. After his eventful two years with the Eagles, Owens played for the Cowboys, Bills and Bengals before playing his last game in 2010. 

As recently as this past season, Owens hinted at the possibility he'd still like to play, but apparently the offers haven't rolled in. Now, he’ll have to wait at least one more year before he becomes a Hall of Famer. 

Options for Eagles in Rounds 4-7 of NFL draft

Options for Eagles in Rounds 4-7 of NFL draft

Here is a breakdown of players that should interest the Eagles on Saturday, the final day of the NFL draft. The Eagles have five more picks left — two in the fourth and one in the fifth, sixth and seven.

Options in the fourth and fifth round

Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma
Perine is an old school power back. He'd be a great complement to Darren Sproles and Wendell Smallwood although not necessarily a fit in this offense.

Jamaal Williams, RB, BYU
Williams has ideal size but not breakaway speed. He also has good vision and cutback ability.

Wayne Gallman, RB, Clemson
The forgotten man in Clemson's star-studded offense. Gallman is tough and versatile with the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield.

Anthony Walker, LB, Northwestern
Walker had a breakout sophomore season but gained too much muscle the following offseason. If the 2015 version returns, he could be a solid player.

Shelton Gipson, WR, West Virginia
Gipson is a one-trick pony but his speed is legit. The Eagles could use a young burner.

Julie'n Davenport, OT, Bucknell
Jason Peters can't play forever. Davenport dominated at Bucknell. He's still a bit of a project, but he has tools to work with.

Roderick Johnson, OT, Florida State
Before the season, Johnson was a player to keep an eye on as a fringe first-rounder. He struggled at times this season but is still athletic and intriguing.

Jaleel Johnson, DT, Iowa
Johnson really flashes at times. Other times, his pad level is too high and he loses to offensive linemen despite outmuscling them.

Options in the sixth and seventh rounds

Chad Wheeler, OT, USC
Wheeler has had issues on and off the field but has shown flashes of being a decent tackle. He may not have the athleticism to hang at left tackle at the next level.

Charles Walker, DT, Oklahoma
He's had concussion issues and questions about his passion. But when Walker is in the lineup and focused, he can play.

Jalen Reeves-Maybin, LB, Tennessee
Reeves-Maybin is undersized but instinctive and fast. At worst, he becomes a special team's ace.

Tedric Thompson, S, Colorado
Thompson is a ball hawking safety, pulling in seven interceptions last season. It's not a position of need, but again, Thompson could help out on special teams and maybe develop into something more.

Eagles draft CB Rasul Douglas with 3rd-round pick

Eagles draft CB Rasul Douglas with 3rd-round pick

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The Eagles doubled down on cornerbacks on Day 2.

The round after taking Washington's Sidney Jones in the second, the Eagles took a cornerback who can actually play this season, selecting West Virginia cornerback Rasul Douglas with their third-round pick (99th overall).

The Eagles had the 99th pick after the trade with the Ravens to get Timmy Jernigan. In that trade, the Eagles gave up the 74th pick and took back the 99th. They thought Douglas was a player they would miss out on because of the move.

Luckily for them, he was still available at 99.

"It was a long way to go from (second-round pick) 43 to 99 but we feel that this guy fits our system, tremendous ball skills, length, and someone who really was on our radar for a long time and had a really good process including at the Senior Bowl," Eagles VP of football operations Howie Roseman said.

The Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, was where the Eagles really started to like Douglas. While he was on their radar before, after being scouted by East Coast scout Ryan Myers, they were very impressed in Mobile.

"The thing that really stood out at his week at the Senior Bowl, you probably hear me talk about it all the time, this guy is tough," VP of player personnel Joe Douglas said. "And very competitive. You saw it all week. Every rep was like the last rep he was playing. I love the way this guy competes."

Rasul Douglas, who ran a 4.59 time in the 40 at the combine, had eight interceptions in the 2016 season. While that 40 time is slower than ideal, Roseman praised Douglas' 10-yard split and said his length and ball skills help to make up for it.

The 6-foot-2, 203-pound corner was once a junior college player who became a first-teamer on the All-Big 12 team. At 6-2, Douglas is the Eagles' tallest corner by two inches. In the past, defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz has used smaller CBs.

While Douglas will be able to play early this season unlike Jones, the Eagles claim that wasn't the reason they came back with another cornerback pick so quickly.

"It didn't matter the position, it was just the ability to pick the best player," head coach Doug Peterson. "And it just so happened it fit a need and we were fortunate there. This is a good player coming in here."

The last time the Eagles took two corners within the first three rounds was in 2002 when they double-dipped by taking Lito Sheppard in the first round and Sheldon Brown in the second.

This is the first time since 2012, the Eagles have picked a defensive player three times to start a draft.

The Eagles took defensive end Derek Barnett in the first round (43) and cornerback Jones in the second (43).

The draft will wrap up Saturday when the Eagles have five more picks in the fourth through seventh rounds. They have two in the fourth (118, 139) and one in the fifth (155), sixth (194) and seventh (230).

A huge need the Eagles have not addressed yet is at the running back position. Pederson said there are still one or two guys on the board who they like. A key for the Eagles is a back with three-down potential.