Terrell Owens did Sunday what only six wide receivers in NFL history have done. No, it doesn't have anything to do with the all-time leaders in alienated teammates; he's long been in a class all his own there. But with four catches in the Bills' 31-3 loss to the Falcons, Owens became just the sixth player with 1,000 career receptions.
As Owens' star burns toward its inevitable end -- with or without an ensuing supernova -- this milestone seems like as good a prompt as any to ponder his place in the cosmos of NFL receivers. Did all the drama -- 74 percent of voters rate him a more controversial product of a 1996 draft than Allen Iverson and Ray Lewis -- detract from one of the greatest wideouts of all time? Or are his numbers merely the product of the era in which he played?
Doug (Westwood, CA)
Now that he has 1,000 career catches, is Terrell Owens safely headed to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility?
"First Take" analyst Drew Bennett
Add 1,000 catches to the 3rd most TDs all-time, I think he's a safe bet. Full transcript