T.O.'s a go as Hall of Fame finalist, but will he get final green light?
But, depending on who you talk to, Owens shouldn't get his popcorn ready just yet.
"Owens certainly has the credentials to be in Canton, but I don't think he'll be a part of the Class of 2017," Russ Baxter of profootballguru.com told ASN on Tuesday, when the finalists were announced.
"He was one of the game's most electrifying players during his tenure in the league and was hard to ignore for any number of reasons. But fair or unfair, the voters have taken their time when it comes to putting wide receivers into the Hall of Fame. And Owens will be no exception."
Owens nearly made it last year along with Marvin Harrison, but a reputation as a disruptive player derailed his chances.
"He’s a Hall of Fame player that five teams couldn’t wait to get rid of," Gary Myers of the New York Daily News told The Dan Patrick Show last year. "So what does that tell about how disruptive he was?”
Owens also was a disruptive force on the field during his 15-year career. He finished sixth all-time in receptions (1,078), third all-time in receiving yards (15,934) and second all-time in touchdown catches (153).
"It's hard to argue against those numbers," wrote CBSSports.com's John Breech. "If you only look at the numbers, and not Owens' antics, then there's no doubt that he should be inducted in 2017."
"There should be little doubt about his chances," added ESPN staff writer Nick Wagoner. "At this point, it would come as a major surprise if Owens doesn't make the cut."
What do you think? Should Terrell Owens get his popcorn ready for Canton?
Each finalist must receive at least 80% "yes" votes from the 48-member selection committee to be elected. The Class of 2017 will be announced on Feb. 4 in Houston, the day before Super Bowl XLI at NRG Stadium, and inducted on Aug. 5 in Canton.
If Owens makes the final cut, it would be the second consecutive year that a player from ASN's family of school would have a shrining moment in Canton. Former Southern Miss quarterback Brett Favre headlined the Class of 2016.
Owens caught 144 receptions and 2,320 receiving yards with 19 touchdowns at Chattanooga and ranks sixth in catches and second in receiving yardage. He also earned two letters in basketball.