Now I agree with many people that Terrell Owens should attend his own Hall of Fame induction ceremony. It is a great honor to be recognized and it would great to hear him speak about his great career.
But of course, this opportunity should have happened two years ago. Owens is one of the greatest wide receivers in NFL history and should have been a first-ballot induction. But he wasn’t. It was due to his reputation off the field that soured the voters which led to the wait.
Owens understandably was not happy about being snubbed because of this. Even though his attitude during his playing days was not great, his skills and stats as a player are worthy of entry in first year.
This is Eddie DeBartolo’s Hall of Fame speech. This was a speech we have been waiting for a long time.
I personally love all the talk about family and that is what made Eddie D so beloved.
But it’s that final story about how Bill Walsh prepared a gift for Eddie D for his induction into the Hall of Fame. It just showed how wonderful that bond was. It was spectacular.
Watch the entire speech above.
For years Eddie DeBartolo Jr. has been close to enshrinement into the Hall of Fame but has always been left out. I thought that his chances of getting in were getting slimmer. He’s been a presenter for some of the inductees and those men have called for his enshrinement as well.
Now as he is a finalist for the contributor category, there is a good chance he gets into the Hall of Fame. He helped lead the 49ers dynasty with five Super Bowl titles and had such a major influence during that time period. When talking about owners in the NFL, DeBartolo is one of the greatest — if not the greatest.
He made major contributions to the league and to the 49ers. The way he handled the team and the success is unmatched and I am still shocked he’s not in. But now with this news, there is a good chance.
The problem with having a clueless millennial help you take a photo is that it’s not straight and it’s vertical. Oh well.
Sunday was the whole reason why I made this trip out to Cooperstown. It was time for the induction ceremony for four players from my generation. I was so excited to make it out there but I was also running on empty in terms of sleep. It took me an hour to get to my lodging area and because the doors to the museum opened up at 7AM for Hall of Fame members (that’s me) I woke up at 5AM to prepare my checkout and drive to the Hall. But one benefit of that was that the parking was easy to find (and free) in the area right next to the Hall.
It rained a little that morning but that wasn’t going to deter me. In fact, I just powered through the rain and made it to the Hall. It has’t changed much since the last time I was here in 2008, but they did have a few new things. One was the removal of the wall of balls from all the no-hitters. The new Hank Aaron exhibit was great. It even included the actual uniform he wore when he broke Babe Ruth’s home run record.
There are so many things to see in the museum. The first floor features some cool artifacts from each of the new inductees but the highlight is still the hall of plaques. I didn’t get a chance to walk and look through all of them since I did that the last time I was here. But I did focus a little on some of the plaques that have been put up since 2008. It was an amazing experience just to see these plaques and walk through the halls of legends.
Eddie D brought Hall of Famers to the 49ers. Now can he get there himself?
If you haven’t heard the news, NFL Films will bring back their popular “A Football Life” documentary series this fall and on October 24, they’re doing a feature on former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo, Jr.
This is a great thing as 49ers fans like myself have always been appreciative of Eddie D’s contribution to the team and his desire to win. The five Super Bowl titles under his watch is unmatched by any other owner in history.
But as I was reading the press release, it occurred to me that this might be the final opportunity for Eddie D’s name to hit the national spotlight for his chance to get into the Hall of Fame.