"I love everything about football: the friendships, the coaches, the teachers, the challenges, the opportunity to excel". Owens also gave a shout out to Jerry Rice, Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan for inspiring him.
With Lewis being inducted into the Hall of Fame on Saturday night, it is only fitting that his better half on the football field should be joining him in short order.
Owens teared up multiple times during his speech and got extremely emotional while talking about his mom, Marilyn Owens Heard, and his late grandma.
Upset about the fact he was forced to wait to get voted into the Hall of Fame, the 44-year old Owens opted to skip the traditional induction ceremonies as a form of protest.
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Near the end of his speech, Owens asked anyone who had ever felt isolated, misunderstood or bullied to stand up.
Owens used part of a speech lasting about 39 minutes to explain why he was in Chattanooga instead of Canton, addressing the "elephant in the room". "I'm sorry we didn't bring it home". Owens is eighth on the all-time receptions list with 1,078, second all time with 15,934 receiving yards, third with 153 receiving touchdowns, and fifth in total touchdowns with 156.
"This is a big deal you know, for us, because we were always supportive of him, and he was always supportive of us.
They say that I am making the wrong decision, but sometimes, got to do what is deemed wrong or the wrong thing for the right reasons". "But I love me more". Every time I go there, they welcome me with open arms.
During his 16-year National Football League career, Owens desperately sought recognition for his outstanding play.