ST. PAUL, Minn. – Terrell Owens spent several days this week on Radio Row at Super Bowl 52.
He left Minnesota on Friday, but he plans to return for the Super Bow, Pro Football Hall of Fame president David Baker said.
Baker said he spoke to Owens via phone on Saturday to inform him he was now a member of the eight-person Class of 2018.
Baker heard cheers in the background as he made the call to Owens to inform him he had made the Hall of Fame in his third year of eligibility.
“It’s been a hard process for T.O. the last couple of years,” Baker said on Saturday night. “He was calm and very respectful and I’d say humble about it, He said he would make his way back here tomorrow.”
Owens will go into the Hall of Fame along with former Philadelphia Eagles safety Brian Dawkins, a teammate for two seasons. The first season Owens played for the Eagles after a trade from the 49ers, the team advanced to the Super Bowl.
Playing just seven weeks after sustaining a broken fibula and torn ankle ligament, Owens caught nine passes for 122 yards in the Eagles' Super Bowl loss to the New England Patriots 13 years ago.
“There’s a lot of things out there, but I just know as a teammate, being able to talk to him one on one, that’s the T.O. I know,” Dawkins said. “He’s a very caring individual and a hard-worker. He taught us our receiving corps – our offense, to be honest with you – a different mindset about attacking. So that blessed us to make that Super Bowl run that year.
“I’m happy for him. I really am. I hope he can take this and just enjoy it and call off the dogs a little bit.”