FORMER EAGLE OWENS IN HOF? RIDICULOUS, SAYS ONE EX-COACH

By Peter Gleason

Not everybody agrees with ex-Eagles coach Andy Reid’s endorsement of Terrell Owens for the NFL Hall of Fame.

Former Rams coach Mike Martz says it is “out-and-out ridiculous” that Owens is a Hall of Fame finalist over a pair of former Rams wide receivers.

Martz told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he didn’t understand why Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt weren’t given more consideration for enshrinement in Canton while Owens is a finalist in his first year of eligibility.

“‘Surprised’ isn’t the word,” Martz told the newspaper. “You can’t print how I felt when T.O. leapfrogged those two. That’s just plain out-and-out ridiculous.”

Owens is one of two wide receivers on the final ballot for the Hall of Fame, along with former Indianapolis Colts star Marvin Harrison, whom Martz also took some issue with being ranked over his former players.

“If they big-timed it and did all that dumb stuff, they’d get in probably earlier,” Martz told the Post-Dispatch. “I think they’ll eventually get in. I don’t think that’s an issue, but it’s tragic that people think of them like that. If Marvin Harrison gets in, how could they not get in?”

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