The end might very well be near for Terrell Owens. It was reported by ESPN that in recent weeks he has had an ACL repair surgery and won’t be ready for at least 6 months. That puts his return in December, however at 37 years and and currently a free agent, his return is starting to look far fetched.
If this is indeed the end of his career, and whispers of Hall of Fame start up, the question is, “Is he a Hall of Famer?” Certainly if you go by the stats, he ranks fifth all time in receptions with 1,078 behind Jerry Rice,Marvin Harrison, Cris Carter and Tim Brown. Only Rice has more receiving yards than Owens’ 15,934, and Owens is tied with Randy Moss for the second-most receiving touchdowns (153) behind Rice. However there is another side of TO, his on and off the field antics.
While sometimes considered a cancer in the clubhouse, his commitment to the sport should never be questioned. He doesn’t take plays off, he wants to be the go to guy all the time, and if you have ever heard him give a speech when it comes to his foundation, he really is quite an eloquent speaker. Those who know TO say that what he does in front of the cameras is an act. He is smart, talented and driven to win. In my opinion you throw away the antics and focus on his career.
He is a Hall of Famer whether he plays or not this season. During his career he was one of the most productive wide receivers in the game. Probably the most productive wide receiver whose quarterback wasn’t named Manning. While his career is not officially over, I think that he can take solace in the fact that he belongs in the Hall of Fame.
Here’s a good question though, how will it impact his cards? Currently his autographed cards go for between $20 – $35. Assuming that they will take a hit if he doesn’t play immediately and drops say $5 at both ends of the scale His election into the Hall of Fame could see his cards jump to the $35 – $55 range if not higher. Definitely a worthwhile investment (if anything in the card world could be considered an investment) in the long run. I am curious though, what is everyone’s take on not only his injury, but his career, his Hall of Fame chances and his card values?