Best WR not in Canton? It's T.O.

Only one player has more career receiving yards than Terrell Owens, and only two caught more touchdown passes.

Photo courtesy of the Dallas Cowboys
Photo courtesy of the Dallas Cowboys

(Terrell Owens photo courtesy of the San Francisco 49ers)

(Drew Pearson photo courtesy of the Dallas Cowboys)

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Terrell Owens said he felt more disrespected than disappointed when he was passed over for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.

Afterall, Owens ranks second all-time in receiving yards, third in touchdown receptions and sixth in receptions. Owens played 16 seasons with five teams and went to six Pro Bowls. And he has his share of supporters.

In last week’s Talk of Fame Network poll, we asked our listeners and readers to identify the best wide receiver not in the Hall of Fame. Owens won in a close vote over another former Cowboys' wide receiver, Drew Pearson. Owens received 33 percent of the vote and Pearson 31 percent.

Otis Taylor, Isaac Bruce, Stanley Morgan and Billy Wilson finished in that order, well back of Owens and Pearson.

There were 22 position players selected to the first-team NFL all-decade team of the 1970s, and Pearson is one of only two not yet enshrined in Canton. The other is his former Cowboys' teammate safety Cliff Harris. Pearson played for 11 seasons and won an NFC pass receiving title in 1976.He averaged 16.0 yards per his 489 career receptions with 48 touchdowns.

Owens, an all-decade pick for the 2000s, caught 1,078 passes for 15,934 yards and 153 touchdowns. Only Jerry Rice gained more yards (22,895) catching the football than Owens – and Rice was a first-ballot Hall-of-Fame selection. Only Rice (197) and Randy Moss (156) caught more touchdown passes than Owens.

Moss is not yet eligible for the Hall of Fame.

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