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Terrell Owens to give Hall of Fame induction speech at his old college campus

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He picked a seemingly random time for the speech. Maybe it’s not so random?

Hall of Fame wide receiver Terrell Owens announced last month that he would not be present in Canton, Ohio when he is formally inducted. On Tuesday, he tweeted out his plans for the big day. He will make his induction speech at McKenzie Arena on the campus of University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, where he played football, basketball, and track for three seasons.

Owens tweeted that the event will be free and open to the public, and will start at 3:17 p.m. There has been a lot of hand-wringing over his decision to skip the Hall of Fame ceremony, but I’d say this is kind of a cool thing to do. The Pro Football Hall of Fame charges for their event, but it’s worth noting it’s $19 — so, not exactly a huge expense if you’re already paying to fly out there. But it’s cool that he’s doing it at his college and providing people a chance to come by if they want.

Any thoughts on the symbolism of 3:17 pm?