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into the Pro Football Hall of Fame somewhere other than at the Canton http://www.cowboyscheapauthenticstore.com/antwaun-woods-jersey-cheap , Ohio shrine.The receiver who provided so many exhilarating and exasperating moments during one of the NFL's most prolific careers is about 600 miles away from Canton this weekend. Hours before the other inductees are honored, Owens will give his own acceptance speech at Chattanooga , where he played college football and basketball and ran track.Owens announced on Twitter in June that, while "incredibly appreciative," he wouldn't attend the induction ceremony. Owens never shared his reasons for staying away. Less than a month later, Owens again used social media to say he'd hold his own induction ceremony in Chattanooga."Getcha popcorn ready!" wrote the man who once celebrated a touchdown with popcorn.Owens said Friday in Chattanooga there's a "flaw in that system" about how Hall of Famers are selected and he wanted to "make a stand" for future candidates. Owens, who wasn't selected to the Hall of Fame until his third year of eligibility, noted how grateful he was to accept this honor "right here where it all began."He's been quite chatty on social media in the weeks leading up to his induction. Owens tweeted that he "wouldn't have a PRO career if it wasn't for Chattanooga #THISISFORYOU." When asked why he's bypassing the Canton ceremony, Owens tweeted that "I don't need to be on their stage to do it. I'll be fine & im sure they will be too."Chattanooga remains a place where Owens is loved for what he accomplished well before becoming an NFL star. Owens had 2,320 career yards receiving in college and also played basketball on two NCAA Tournament teams before the San Francisco 49ers selected him in the third round of the 1996 draft.In the NFL, Owens strung together numerous antics — posing on the Dallas Cowboys' star logo at midfield, engaging in sideline tirades — with five teams over 15 seasons. But his college coaches marveled at his work ethic and considered him fun to coach."First guy (on the field), last guy off," former Chattanooga football coach Buddy Green said. "He worked hard, man. He tried to get better every practice. You'd put him on a special team, and he was the first guy down the field. He just loved to play the game. He was great to coach. He worked as hard as anybody on the field, even harder probably."Mack McCarthy coached Chattanooga basketball during Owens' years on campus and remembers a guy who could come off the bench and defend at any position."He could not have been a better teammate," McCarthy said. "He couldn't have been better to coach."Owens has a busy weekend planned for his return to campus.He spoke to Chattanooga's current student-athletes Friday morning and also took 35 area youths on a shopping spree . Athletic director Mark Wharton said the school will have a private dinner for him Friday night and estimates about 2 Cheap Ezekiel Elliott Jersey ,000 people will gather at McKenzie Arena for Owens' induction speech Saturday afternoon.Plans to celebrate Owens' Hall of Fame career in Chattanooga had been in the works since March. That's when Wharton attended Owens' induction into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame and heard some of the receiver's stories from his college days for over an hour."From there, his team started saying fairly immediately that he wanted to do something in Chattanooga round the Hall of Fame," Wharton said. "I assumed — we all assumed (since) nobody's not gone to Canton — we assumed and started planning for the weekend before. Then in May or so, Terrell notified all of us his desires to have it here."Owens' decision to avoid Canton has been called a mistake by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Owens' former boss who was inducted into the Hall of Famer last year. Several former players and Hall of Famers also have criticized Owens.The Pro Football Hall of Fame still will honor Owens as part of the weekend festivities. Owens, who ranks second in NFL history in career yards receiving (15,934) and third in touchdown catches (153) , will be part of the 2018 class exhibit with his picture on a light standard at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium and his own glass locker.Hall of Fame President David Baker called Owens' decision unprecedented and disappointing ."We respect he has strong feelings of his own and I respect his right to make that decision," Baker said. "I invited him to the hall, even at the last moment he would be welcomed, and he is welcomed every day the rest of his life. Even though he is not here, we will honor him to the best of our ability."Owens has never wavered. He retweeted someone who noted any message he provides in his induction speech would be heard by many more people in Canton rather than Chattanooga."This choice wasn't made for the millions," Owens replied via Twitter . "It was made for the ones that matter."AP Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner contributed to this report. As important as it was for the Washington Redskins to finally put together two consecutive victories, coach Jay Gruden knows that being in first place atop the NFC East at this point in the season is truly not really a big deal at all."It's great to get two in a row, get the monkey off our back this year," Gruden said, "but we have a long way to go before we start celebrating."The Redskins (4-2) extended their division lead by beating the Cowboys 20-17 on Sunday, holding on when Dallas kicker Matt Baher put a 52-yard field-goal try off the left crossbar as time expired after a 5-yard penalty on his long snapper pushed the attempt back.The result stopped Washington's pattern of alternating wins and losses this season. It also allowed Gruden's club — which began the day 18-18-1 since the start of the 2016 season — to briefly enjoy a rare cushion in the standings.Dallas heads into its bye week at 3-4 Youth Maliek Collins Jersey , the same record as the reigning Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles, who also lost Sunday.The fourth team in the division is the New York Giants, who take a 1-5 record into their game against the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night. The Giants also happen to be Washington's opponent next week.Get this: The Redskins hadn't won their opening NFC East game in any season since 2011."It's pretty early to talk about that kind of stuff," Washington quarterback Alex Smith said. "But you do realize that those division games, down the line, have huge ramifications."What we learned about the Cowboys and the Redskins moving forward:COWBOYS BYEThe good news for Dallas is that it gets two weeks to try to work on all of its issues, from the inefficient offense, to the key penalties, to the week-to-week inconsistencies. "We got time now to fix it — over drinks," defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence joked. The loss to Washington continued a real problem: The Cowboys are now 0-4 on the road, 3-0 at home. They host the Tennessee Titans (3-4) in their next game, on Nov. 5, then travel to play at Philadelphia on Nov. 11, and at Atlanta on Nov. 18.AS ZEKE GOES ...When RB Ezekiel Elliott is held under 75 yards, Dallas is 0-3 this season and 0-5 for his career. He gained only 34 yards on 15 carries against Washington, and a Cowboys team that put up 40 points in a victory over the supposedly defensive-minded Jacksonville Jaguars was held to less than half that this time around. Getting that straightened out is a big must for Dallas. "Teams are going to game-plan around him," center Joe Looney said about Elliott.SAQUON'S NEXTAfter limiting Elliott, the Redskins next challenge shapes up as taking on Giants rookie Saquon Barkley http://www.cowboyscheapauthenticstore.com/deonte-thompson-jersey-cheap , the No. 2 overall draft pick who enters Monday with 438 yards, a 5.2 average per carry and four TDs. "Our defense, they'll have a tough challenge, but they're well-equipped to stop him," Redskins RB Adrian Peterson said. "They did a great job at controlling the front (against Dallas). They're going to have to do the same thing next week."PETERSON STILL DOING ITPeterson was the better running back Sunday, even though he is 33, a full decade older than Elliott. Peterson, who was available for any team when he was signed by the Redskins in the preseason, gained 99 yards on 24 rushes against Dallas. "I think everyone else around is surprised; I'm not," Peterson said. "I expect greatness from myself."SHAKY SMITHThere were quite a few mistakes made by Smith that wound up limiting Washington's scoring and making things tougher on the team than they needed to be. He missed a wide-open Jeremy Sprinkle in the end zone on one first-and-goal situation that resulted in a field goal. Another poor pass to the end zone led to another field goal following first-and-goal. A third-down scramble on which he ended up out of bounds with 78 seconds left stopped the clock for Dallas before Washington punted. "If we do a better job in the red zone, then the game could have been different, ended up much different, not as dramatic," said Smith, who was 14 of 25 for 178 yards and one TD pass. "We could have opened that up a little bit."
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