Marvin Harrison and Terrell Owens conducted themselves in totally different ways when it came to their playing days, as Harrison was quiet and reserved while Owens was loud and outspoken. It comes as no surprise, then, that in the days following the Hall of Fame voting that put Harrison in the Class of 2016 and left Owens out, Owens isn't happy about it and has been letting people know. He has been complaining publicly about getting snubbed, and Harrison has had enough.
The normally quiet receiver spoke up when talking with the Talk of Fame Network recently and blasted Owens for his complaining about getting snubbed. "I wasn't concerned at all," Harrison said when asked whether he was worried he and Owens would split votes, keeping them both out. "I'm not concerned about, you know, T.O. Not one bit. I was concerned about myself. I wasn't worried about splitting the vote with anyone. That was it.
"The person who was supposed to get in got in. And that was me," Harrison continued. "If he didn't get in, that's his problem. He can talk all that other bullshit like he's been doing. That's on him. But I'm in. My jacket is gold. I will look in the rear view for nobody. So he can get his ass in whenever he gets in ... if he gets in. If he doesn't get in too bad. The hell with him.''
It's rare to hear Harrison talk, much less with such passion and fervor - but he's right when he said that the person who was supposed to get in got in. We can debate all day whether Harrison or Owens was better, but the reality is that they both are absolutely deserving of a Hall of Fame berth. The problem, however, is that only five players can get in per year, and the Hall of Fame voters have shown that, unless you're Jerry Rice, you're going to have to wait to get in if you're a wide receiver. Harrison had been waiting three years, while Owens was in his first year of eligibility. If anyone was surprised that Harrison got in over Owens, they haven't been paying close enough attention to the voting process in recent years.