Aeneas Williams Encourages Terrell Owens To Attend Hall Of Fame Induction In Canton

“I just hate that he’s going to miss it,” Williams said of the disgruntled receiver

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October 30, 2018 - 9:45 am

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Terrell Owens has decided not to attend his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Canton, but 2014 inductee Aeneas Williams has some advice for the disgruntled diva: 

Reconsider.

“I just hate that he’s going to miss it,” Williams told Damon Amendolara, who was filling in as host of The Jim Rome Show. “Obviously he has his own personal preference for whatever reason. I just would encourage Terrell to come and experience this with your family, with your friends. I just hope he does not (regret this) years later – because as you get older, you begin to think about things in a different way. I just hate that he’s going to miss this moment. The first time that you’re there being inducted, it’s no other time like that.”

Owens, 44, is apparently upset that he was a third-ballot Hall of Famer – not a first. As such, he will hold his own induction event in Chattanooga, Tenn.

“If he’s made (this decision) in spite of other people or as a reaction – a lot of times as you get older, you just get a different perspective,” the 50-year-old Williams said. “You realize some of the things that you thought were extremely important or disrespect, you just look back and you think about it. You overlook some things. He’s one of the best that have ever played the game. He’s one of the best I’ve ever played against. That won't change because he gets in (the third time) instead of the first time. You can’t take away what he’s already done from him.”

Owens retired with 1,078 catches for 15,934 yards and 153 touchdowns. Joining him in this year’s Hall of Fame class are Ray Lewis, Brian Urlacher, and Randy Moss, among others. Moss retired with 982 catches for 15,292 yards and 156 touchdowns.

“I’m just glad to see (Owens) and Randy Moss get in,” Williams said. “My teammate, Isaac Bruce, will be right behind him.”

Williams played with Bruce in St. Louis from 2001-04. Between practice and games, Williams played against perhaps the greatest generation of wide receivers in NFL history.

“Guys like Terrell and Randy, they helped bring out the best in me,” Williams said. “They also challenged me to overcome fears. Randy was 6-4; Terrell is 6-2, 6-3. They were much bigger than I was. But their ability to compete – as I tell today’s players, respect is not demanded; it’s commanded by how you play the game. That’s why I enjoyed going against those guys.”