Earth, Wind and Fire have been around for ages. Founded back in 1970 by Maurice White in Chicago, Earth, Wind and Fire has written some incredible songs over the years. But what was so great about them is they wrote and sung all original music. They had drums, a guitar player and all the instruments in their band that you could think of. And vocals, they definitely had those with White and Phillip Bailey. This group is considered by many to be one of the greatest groups ever and has had hit after hit after hit. From “September” to “Boogie Wonderland”, their songs have been sung by adoring fans forever. But one song that is still popular from them back then is “Reasons”. The song was featured on the group’s most successful album, That’s The Way Of The World. Although “Shining Star” was more of a hit on this album, “Reasons” more than held its own. To this day, this song is featured on almost all the compilation albums Earth, Wind and Fire has. While “Reasons” was singing about love, the Pro Football Hall of Fame voters definitely had some different reasons for feeling the way they did. So on Saturday, the day before the Super Bowl, it was announced that Terrell Owens did not make it and LaDainian Tomlinson, Kurt Warner, Terrell Davis, Kenny Easley, Jason Taylor, Morten Andersen and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. And from there, the social media outrage was started.
When you look at his numbers, Owens is a definite Hall-Of-Famer. He has over 1000 receptions, over 150 receiving touchdowns and almost 16,000 yards. Those numbers are outstanding and are at the top of the wide receiver rankings all-time. If these numbers belonged to anyone other wide receiver, then that particular player would be in the Hall Of Fame on the first try no question at all. But it isn’t quite that simple when it comes to Terrell Owens though. He never got in trouble off the field, but he didn’t make everyone feel comfortable with how he was in the locker room. As sad as that is, there are some that still hold that against him. So again, he is on the outside looking in when it comes to the Pro Football Hall Of Fame while players like Jason Taylor and Terrell Davis, borderline Hall Of Famers, were taken in before him. No offense to Taylor and Davis and I am happy for them. But no one can tell me that both of them deserved to be in there before Owens. It just does not even sound right at all.
In the end, Owens will eventually make it into the Hall Of Fame despite some writers not wanting him to make it in. But he should have made it in already to begin with. All this stems from the writers getting personal and that is the issue. It is apparent that the writers are voting on personal feelings. They may not have got that response they wanted from Owens on something and the writer with the vote remembered it to this day, deciding not to let him into the sacred halls of Canton, Ohio. But those that have votes on the Hall Of Fame have to learn to take themselves out of the equation. The vote is about the stats and a person’s effect on the game. There is no doubt that Owens had a huge effect on the game of football. Everyone remembers the performance he had in the Super Bowl for the Philadelphia Eagles coming off a broken leg. Along with his incredible recovery (there was no way he was supposed to even play in that game), his performance was what helped keep the Eagles in the Super Bowl. But instead of focusing on the great things he did on the field, many of those who vote can only focus on his off-field issues that really were not as bad as people make them out to be. It is about stats and effect, not how well he got along with reporters and teammates in the locker room. The sooner writers remember that, the better the voting process will be. Or do we have to go to the way baseball is getting ready to do in terms of voters having to reveal who they voted for?
Earth, Wind and Fire had this line in their song “Reasons”: “The reasons. The reasons that we hear. The reasons that we fear our feelings won’t disappear.” Those feelings the voters for the Pro Football Hall Of Fame have for Terrell Owens obviously did not disappear. Those feelings are why we are here today watching Terrell Owens get passed over for yet another year. Voters forgot that they were not the show. Now, they are getting what they want for not letting one of the greatest wide receivers of all-time in this most prestigious club in pro football. Well, Randy Moss is up next season. We shall see what happens with some that have some personal feelings against him. We may also be having this same conversation about him as well around this time.
The General Mike Patton is an up-and-coming writer from Nashville, TN who brings a fresh and non-biased opinion about sports. From his radio experience in Nashville to his time as a sports writer for Free’s World, the website for radio personality and former co-host of BET’s 106 and Park Free (www.freesworld.com), The General is definitely one you want to get to know in the sports world. You can catch his work on SPORTSAWAKENING.COM. Mike grew up rooting for the San Francisco 49ers, Chicago Bulls, and Chicago Cubs and remains a passionate sports fan who expresses intelligent opinions.