Favre, Harrison, Dungy Headline 2016 Pro Football HOF Class, Terrell Owens Snubbed

Brett Favre

On the night before Super Bowl 50, one of the NFL’s most storied quarterbacks in Brett Favre was voted to be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio this upcoming summer. Favre is Green Bay’s all-time leader in wins, passing yards, passing touchdowns, and many other categories. Joining Favre in the 2016 HOF class will be:

* Marvin Harrison

Harrison is the Indianapolis Colts all-time leader in receiving yards (14,580), receptions (1,102), and receiving touchdowns (128). Harrison played his entire 13-year NFL career with the Colts and helped make Peyton Manning into the legend that he is today, as Harrison ranks third in league history in receptions. Harrison’s lone Super Bowl title came in Super Bowl XLI against the Chicago Bears. 

* Tony Dungy 

Along with Marvin Harrison, another Colts’ great in former head coach Tony Dungy, was also voted into the Hall on Saturday night. Dungy was head coach of the Colts from 2002-2008 and played as a safety and on special teams for the Pittsburgh Steelers (1977-1978), San Francisco 49ers (1979), and the New York Giants (1980). Much of the success of both Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison helped Dungy’s legacy become so great, but there is no doubt that Dungy should be in the Hall of Fame. 

* Orlando Pace

Orlando Pace was a key piece of the “Greatest Show On Turf” as he played for the St. Louis Rams from 1997-2008, making two Super Bowl Appearances (XXXIV, XXXVI) and winning one (XXXIV). Pace finished off his career as a member of the Chicago Bears before retiring after the 2009 season. Pace was a seven-time Pro-Bowler in his 13-year NFL career. 

* Kevin Greene

Five-time Pro-Bowler and three-time All-Pro linebacker and third-most all-time in sacks, Kevin Greene, played in the NFL for 14 seasons (Rams, Steelers, Panthers, and 49ers). Recently, Greene has worked with the Green Bay Packers as a linebackers coach (2009-2013) and helped the team capture the Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl XLV. 

* Dick Stanfel

The late Dick Stanfel (1927-2015) played seven NFL seasons with the Detroit Lions and Washington Redskins before coaching the Philadelphia Eagles (offensive line), San Francisco 49ers (OC, defensive line coach), New Orleans Saints (offensive line, interim head coach), and Chicago Bears (offensive line). Stanfel was a five-time Pro-Bowler as a player and is most noted for his role in coaching what many have called the greatest team ever in the 1985 Super Bowl champion Chicago Bears.

* Ken Stabler

Another late legend to be voted into the Hall on Saturday was Oakland Raiders, Houston Oilers, and New Orleans Saints quarterback Ken Stabler (1945-2015). Stabler was the 1974 NFL MVP while winning Super Bowl XI with the Oakland Raiders. Stabler was a four-time Pro-Bowler and voted to the NFL’s 1970’s All-Decade Team. 

* Edward DeBartolo Jr.

One of the most successful owners in the history of the NFL, Edward DeBartolo Jr, rounds out the 2016 NFL HOF class. While under Debartolo from 1977-2000 (23 years), the 49ers won five Super Bowls, the most championships under any owner in NFL history. Robert Kraft of the New England Patriots is second with four. 


Terrell Owens Snubbed

Terrell Owens or ‘T.O.’ was left out of the 2016 Hall of Fame class. Owens, who is known for his controversial comments, celebrations, incredible receiving ability, and on/off-field antics, never won a Super Bowl in his entire 15-season NFL career (49ers, Eagles, Cowboys, Bills, Bengals).

Many people have already made the assumption that Owens was left out of the HOF due to his poor behavior and ability to tear apart a locker room during his time in the league. Granted, T.O. was not an ideal teammate or citizen during his time in the NFL, but was he really any bit worse than Marvin Harrison (tied to multiple shooting incidents), or Brett Favre (sending inappropriate pictures to female intern, causing drama during multiple retirement fiascos)? Owens was never involved or tied into any type of guns, drugs, or sexting scandals like Favre, Harrison or other NFL HOF members such as Chris Carter or Warren Sapp. So, why are people acting like T.O. is a bad guy and that like he shouldn’t be a member of the HOF? Terrell Owens was one of the most dynamic and game-changing players in the history of the NFL. Whether or not you liked/respected T.O as a person, one has to give him credit for all he has done for the game of football. T.O. deserves to be in the HOF, hopefully, he will have better luck in 2017. 

Information from ESPN and Pro-Football-Reference was used in this report. 


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