This is how Brian Urlacher accepted his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Like most of us, Owens also admired Bryant's unmatched work ethic and undying devotion to his craft.
"First and foremost, I have to give the credit to where it's due", Moss said.
Owens explained his decision to not attend the official Hall of Fame ceremony was in effort to spark change for what he perceives as mistreatment of certain athletes who have been eligible to be enshrined.
But since the team's last championship, there have been a few players that stand out as Hall of Fame caliber players. "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". Dawkins gave a truly fantastic speech Saturday night. "I loved going to work every day for 13 years", said the 2000 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and 2005 Defensive Player of the Year, a season in which Urlacher had 171 tackles. By holding his own ceremony, Owens heard short speeches from five coaches, including three former position coaches, with James Kirksey and Ray Sherman from the NFL.
"It's not because of how many times it took for me to be voted to the hall", said Owens, who got in on his third try - the same as Joe Namath, for example.
Moss closed his speech with a statement to his mother that he considers them both of Hall of Famers. Instead, a humble Owens spent almost his entire speech thanking everyone who helped him through life, including his mom, his grandma, his high school coaches, his college coaches and his National Football League coaches. Owens only trails the great Jerry Rice (22,895), his former teammate with the San Francisco 49ers. "I've already reached out to you guys individually, and I expressed, and I will express it again, my utmost respect for each of you and for what we have accomplished". During the evening, he wore a tie that had the names of several people stitched in.