Despite years of not seeing eye-to-eye on a multitude of subjects, Andy Reid believes that Terrell Owens belongs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Despite an unsanctimonious split from the Philadelphia Eagles while Reid was the team's head coach, Reid stands behind his former star wide receiver and believes he should have his day in Canton, Ohio.
“As far as talent and production goes, T.O. is absolutely a Hall of Famer,” Reid told Philly.com.
Owens will be remembered for a heroic first season under Reid, where he amassed over 1,200 yards and 14 touchdowns. The Eagles made it all the way to the Super Bowl that year, and Owens played valiantly in that game despite an injury. However, Owens's second season was less memorable, as he and Reid disagreed on basically everything. After a year of complaints, Owens was shipped out of Philly.
Reid decided to play down those disagreements when asked about Owens, stating that on game day there were few players as prepared to go the distance as T.O.
“There was that one off-the-field issue with him, but everything else, he was a pleasure to coach,” Reid said. “The son of a gun would do anything you asked him to do and he’d do it a hundred miles an hour, which not every player will do.”
Owens will find out on Saturday whether the Hall of Fame selection committee agrees with Reid’s opinion of him.
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