Randy Moss thanks 49ers, York family in Hall of Fame speech


Randy Moss thanks 49ers, York family in Hall of Fame speech

Randy Moss' Hall of Fame career ended in a 49ers jersey. Moss made it back to the Super Bowl after one year away from football, the final score however, was not what the legendary wide receiver hoped for. 

The 49ers lost Super Bowl XLVII, 34-31, in gut-wrenching fashion. During Moss' Hall of Fame induction speech on Saturday, the speedster sent a message to 49ers fans. 

"To the 49er fans and organization, I want to thank you for giving me my last run at one [title]," Moss said. "Ray [Lewis] took it. Ray took it. But I want to thank you for the opportunity, York family."

Moss caught two passes for 41 yards in the loss. In his final season of his career and only in San Francisco, Moss hauled in 28 receptions for 434 yards and three touchdowns. 

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: 

Terrell Owens thanks Jerry Rice in Hall of Fame speech

Terrell Owens thanks Jerry Rice in Hall of Fame speech

Terrell Owens does things his way. On Saturday, he celebrated his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction 600 miles away from Canton, Ohio. 

Owens went back to alma mater, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, to celebrate his induction. Over 2,500 fans packed the McKenzie Arena and chanted out "T.O.! T.O.!" as Owens wiped away tears. 

During his speech, the former 49ers star made sure to thank Jerry Rice, calling him "the greatest receiver of all time." 

On Friday, Rice paid his respects to Owens. When asked to choose between Owens and Randy Moss for the second greatest receiver of all time, Rice stayed loyal to his former 49ers teammate. 

"I would probably say Terrell Owens because I knew that if I went into an alley with this guy, this guy had my back," Rice said Friday on "The Greg Papa Show" when asked to choose between Owens and Randy Moss. "And it was an honor to play with him for so many years, and I got to know him. And I know exactly what he brings to the table.

“So, it would definitely be Terrell Owens.”