MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Former Southern Conference wide receivers Terrell Owens of Chattanooga and Randy Moss of Marshall were selected for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2018. The official announcement took place during the NFL Honors awards show on Saturday night.
Owens and Moss, as well as Ray Lewis, Brian Dawkins, Brian Urlacher, Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile and Jerry Kramer will be enshrined Aug. 4 in Canton, Ohio. Owens was selected in his third year of eligibility, while Moss was picked in his first. This marks the first time that two wide receivers will go into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in the same class.
Owens was a three-sport athlete for the Mocs and a member of the football team from 1992-95.
He spent 15 seasons in the NFL and was a six-time Pro Bowl selection and a five-time All-Pro pick. He is second to Jerry Rice in career receiving yards with 15,934, third all-time in receiving touchdowns behind Rice and Moss (153) and eighth all-time in receptions (1,078).
Not only is Owens the only player to score a touchdown against all 32 NFL teams, he has at least two scores against every team. He played for the 49ers (1996-03), Eagles (2004-05), Cowboys (2006-08), Bills (2009) and Bengals (2010), and is the only player in NFL history to have an 800-yard receiving season with five different teams.
During his time at Chattanooga, he had 144 catches for 2,320 yards and 19 touchdowns. He is second all-time in career receiving yards and third in receiving touchdowns at UTC. Mocs fans still recall his four-touchdown game in a 33-31 win over No. 1 Marshall on Chamberlain Field on Oct. 2, 1993. He was a first-team All-SoCon pick in 2015.
Following his career with UTC, he was selected by San Francisco in the third round (89th overall pick) of the NFL Draft. It is still the highest a Moc has been selected in the draft since the NFL-AFL merger in 1967.
Moss played just one season in the SoCon before Marshall departed for FBS, but he made it count, earning SoCon Freshman of the Year honors and earning first-team all-conference honors at wide receiver and kick returner in 1996. He set an NCAA freshman record with 19 touchdown receptions that season, a record that still stands as the most in a season – by any class – in league history.
A six-time Pro Bowler and a four-time first-team All-Pro, Moss was selected with the 21st overall pick in the first round of the 1998 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. He spent 14 years in the NFL playing for five different teams: the Vikings (1998-2004, 2010), the Oakland Raiders (2005-06), the New England Patriots (2007-10), the Tennessee Titans (200) and the San Francisco 49ers (2012).
Moss finished his career second in NFL history with 156 touchdown catches and fourth with 15,292 receiving yards. He had 10 seasons with at least 1,000 yards receiving, including his rookie campaign, when he had 1,313 yards (second-most by a rookie in NFL history at the time) and an NFL-leading 17 receiving TDs. He set an NFL record with 23 TD receptions with the Patriots in 2007.