Terrell Owens: Writers disregarded 'the true meaning of the Hall of Fame'

Terrell Owens: Writers disregarded 'the true meaning of the Hall of Fame'

The Pro Football Hall of Fame's mission is to honor the heroes of the game, preserve it's history, promote its values, and celebrate excellence everywhere. Terrell Owens believes the voters went against this mission when it came to him waiting three years to get his gold jacket. 

Owens addressed the crowd honoring him at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga about why he was there instead of Canton. The former 49ers star says he "wanted to make a stand" for future players. 

"My character has been heavily challenged and questioned for many years, but today I stand here to put truth to power ... or power to truth," Owens said. "I want to address the elephant in the room. Many of you may be wondering why we're here instead of Canton. There's been a lot of speculation and false reports as to why I chose not to be there. I would like to set the record straight.

"It's not because of how many times it took me to be voted into the Hall. It's about the mere fact that the sports writers are not in alignment with the mission and core values of the Hall of Fame. These writers disregarded the system, the criteria, and bylaws in which guys are inducted and ultimately the true meaning of the Hall of Fame and what it represents.

"I wanted to make a stand so the next guy coming after me will not have to go through what I and others have gone through. Whether it's three years or 45 years, you should get what you rightfully earned."

Owens wasn't done there. After making a statement to the writers, he made a loud one to those who have doubted him. 

"To the critics and doubters, to the individuals who have smiled in my face but defamed me behind my back, you know who you are." 

Watch Owens explain why he skipped the traditional Hall of Fame induction: 

NFL Picks: 49ers vs. Rams Week 7 score predictions

NFL Picks: 49ers vs. Rams Week 7 score predictions

After nearly pulling off the upset at Lambeau Field on Monday night, there's no rest for the 49ers (1-5) on Sunday. They'll welcome the NFL's last undefeated team, the Los Angeles Rams (6-0), to Levi's Stadium. 

Los Angeles boasts the league's best offense, powered by star running back Todd Gurley II. Gurley leads the NFL in rushing (623 yards) and rushing touchdowns (nine), and should give the 49ers' top-10 rushing defense plenty of problems. 

Here's how writers around the country see the game playing out: 

Nick Wagoner, ESPN.com: Rams 34, 49ers 24

Lindsay Thiry, ESPN.com: Rams 34, 49ers 21

Elliot Harrison, NFL.com: Rams 46, 49ers 36

Pete Prisco, CBS Sports: Rams 30, 49ers 24

Vincent Bonsignore, The Athletic: Rams 34, 49ers 13

Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times: Rams 31, 49ers 27


49ers vs. Rams live stream: Watch 2018 NFL Week 7 game online

49ers vs. Rams live stream: Watch 2018 NFL Week 7 game online

The 49ers were supposed to be in primetime on Sunday night at Levi's Stadium against the Rams. That's no longer the case. 

With a 1-5 record, the 49ers were flexed to a mid-day game against the undefeated Rams. Still, Sunday will be an emotional day with the unveiling of statues for "The Catch." 

Can C.J. Beathard keep pace with Bay Area native Jared Goff? Will the 49ers' three running backs combine for as many yards as Rams running back Todd Gurley? We're about to find out. 

Here's how to watch Sunday's Rams vs. 49ers game online. 

Start time: Sunday, Oct. 15, at 1:25 p.m. PT
TV channel: FOX
Live stream: fuboTV -- Get a free trial