By Jack Ryan

Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb had a complicated relationship with wide receiver Terrell Owens, who almost carried the Birds to the 2005 Super Bowl championship.

But McNabb has no ill will towards Owens and even came to his defense yesterday by saying he believed the former Eagle belonged in the Hall of Fame.

Five was a guest on the Tiki and Tierney Show on CBS Sports Radio and said he absolutely thinks Owens belongs in the Hall.

“The thing about Terrell is, on the field, outstanding talent,” McNabb said. “Probably one of the best receivers that I played with in the pro ranks. He’s one of the best to have ever done it, and will he be a Hall of Famer? Absolutely.”

A Hall of Fame voter recently said it was Owens’ off-field distractions that kept him out of the Hall on the first ballot. McNabb couldn’t deny Owens was a distraction at times.

“Andy (Reid) was a very disciplined guy. He wanted things structured… but people (began) to follow Terrell, and Terrell knew that. Terrell had these guys (thinking) this is the way to do it, when, no, that’s not how we did it in Philly. We’re going to do it the way it’s supposed to be done. People felt some type of way on Terrell’s side, just like (some) people (were) on my side.”


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