Dungy On WFAN: Hall Of Famers Felt Sorry For Owens

August 07, 2018 - 3:17 pm

By WFAN.com

Most of the football Hall of Famers who returned to Canton, Ohio, for last weekend's induction ceremony felt sorry for Terrell Owens, who spurned the event and instead gave a speech at his college alma mater, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

"Most of them felt sorry for him because we felt like he doesn't understand what he missed," the former Buccaneers and Colts coach told WFAN's Jody McDonald on Tuesday.

Dungy, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2016, said it was a special reunion when his family, high school coach, and high school and college teammates went to Canton to celebrate his enshrinement. 

"Those people (in Owens' life) will not get to experience that, and it's something that you can't duplicate," Dungy said.


The Jets are faced this summer with the question of starting first-round draft pick Sam Darnold at quarterback and letting him sit and learn behind veterans Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater.

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When asked what his philosophy is as a coach, Dungy said he believes "the best things for the player is to play."

"That's how you get better and you improve," he said. "The Colts drafted Peyton Manning. They put him in the lineup. He threw 26 interceptions his first year. They only won three games. But that was a great learning experience for him. Now that isn't always the best thing for the coach or the team -- the team is trying to win games -- but I think you've got to balance that as a coach." 


Dungy said he's asked himself how he might handle the NFL's ongoing national anthem controversy if he were still a head coach today. 

"We want the players to have a voice," he said. "We talk about being a good citizen. Some of these guys are saying, 'I want to speak for the people in my community that don't have a voice.'

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"Here's what I would do if I were coaching: I would go to my team, have a meeting and say, 'We're not going to use the three minutes before the game during the national anthem to get your point out when nobody knows exactly what it is. I'm going to give you 15 minutes of every press conference I have, if you want it, when all the media is there."

To listen to the interview, click on the audio player above.