Randy Smith: Terrell Owens Did It His Way

Monday, August 6, 2018 - by Randy Smith
Randy Smith
Randy Smith
At 3:17 on Saturday afternoon at the UTC Arena, the ceremonies began for Terrell Owens induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Since T.O. was the 317th player elected to the hall, it was fitting to start the proceedings at that time.
Of course the other seven inductees all chose to go to Canton, Ohio for the official induction ceremonies. I have been asked a few times, "Why is Terrell Owens being inducted in Chattanooga? " Well, UTC is where he played his college football which enabled him to be a third round NFL draft choice in 1996 and T.O. is doing things his own way.

That's as good an answer as you will get from anybody and it is so truthful. He made very few friends among members of the media during his career, especially including the voting members of the hall of fame committee. He is as polarizing as any player who ever played the game with as many people disliking his antics as those who did. Most of those media members I spoke of, felt like they had been slapped in the face when he announced his decision to hold his own personal induction ceremonies at his Alma Mater. It was unusual and totally unprecedented but it was vintage T.O. doing things his way.

I had planned all week long to attend the ceremonies, in fact my buddy Darrell Patterson called me earlier in the week and asked if I would be his date for the festivities. I originally said I would but when my main floor air conditioning unit went on the blink, I was forced to back away. 

In his four years at UTC, T.O. had four different head coaches. Buddy Nix who discovered him and signed him to a scholarship at UTC, Tommy West who coached here just one season before going to Clemson and Buddy Green who coached him for his final two seasons with the Mocs. There was also Mack McCarthy who coached T.O. on the basketball squad for a couple of seasons. All were either invited and showed up, or thanked except one; Buddy Nix. Coach Nix and Terrell Owens never really got along well at all. Coach Nix tells the story that he was forced to suspend T.O. twice before he ever attended a practice at UTC his freshman year. He also was asked when he signed him to a national letter of intent, what kind of guy is he?  Buddy replied,  " He's a @#%&, but he'll be playin' on Sundays."

To me, it was a shame that Coach Nix wasn't invited to the festivities. After all, if Buddy Nix had not discovered Terrell Owens when he went to Alexander City, Alabama to see another player play basketball, he might never have even made it to the NFL, much less be a bona-fide hall of famer. That in itself is sad. But, he obviously had his reasoning for the snub, because T.O does things his own way.

It's a bit ironic of course that just one day after being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Terrell Owens had a tryout at the age of 44 for a team in the Canadian Football League. Why not? After all, remember that T.O. always has and always will do things his own way.

-----


Randy Smith can be reached at rsmithsports@epbfi.com


PREP SCHEDULES

FOOTBALL     FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19 Father Ryan at Baylor Bradley at William Blount Brainerd at Tyner Central at Hixson Notre Dame at Chattanooga Christian Cleveland at Ooltewah East Hamilton at Anderson Co. East Ridge at Howard Grace at Mt. Juliet Christian Sunbright at Lookout Valley Loudon at Marion ... (click for more)

Hamilton County Middle School Tennis Tournament Held This Week

The sun was shining and tennis balls were flying when 150 middle school students from all over Hamilton County pounced on Champions Tennis Club for the district tennis tournament.  All sides of the county were represented with boys and girls singles as well as boys and girls doubles teams playing one another.  Players did an excellent job of keeping score and calling lines.  ... (click for more)

Charles Pipkens, Lajeromeney Brown Arrested In Series Of Violent Home Invasions In Which Robbers Posed As Police

Chattanooga Police have arrested Charles Dijon Pipkens and Lajeromeney Brown in connection with a series of violent home invasions in which the suspects told their victims they were Chattanooga Police officers.. Pipkens, 27, was charged in an Aug. 11 case and Brown, 40, in an incident on Sept. 19. Pipkens, of 434 N. Hickory St., is charged with two counts of aggravated kidnapping, ... (click for more)

Fairyland PTO Says It Can't Get Help From Walker County Schools And Board For Cafeteria Woes

Officials of the Fairyland Elementary School PTO said in recent months, the Fairyland Elementary School cafeteria "has effectively been shut down due to equipment (which broke in June) and consequent staffing issues." The group said, "As it stands now, all food is 'satellited' in from Ridgeland High School to Fairyland Elementary School for all meals including breakfast, lunch ... (click for more)

Drink Up, Chattanooga

I attended the meeting to discuss the placement of the sewage treatment plant at the Cambridge Center in Ooltewah today. My problem with the meeting (aka) dog and pony show, is that the meeting started out with the agenda of the Ooltewah Community Council.  After living in this area for 45+ years I have never heard of this group.  I would like for someone to answer ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Lee In A Landslide

The first time I met Bill Lee, the guy who is triggering a huge turnout of Tennessee voters across the state, I instantly liked him, admired him, and must have told a dozen friends that day we have the most exciting guy going to the Governor’s Mansion we’ve ever had. The best reason is because Bill Lee is real. His opponent, Karl Dean, is a Democrat and a longtime politician. Go ... (click for more)