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Terrell Owens to give Hall of Fame speech at UTC's McKenzie Arena next month

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NFL legend Terrell Owens announced on Twitter Tuesday that he plans to forego the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Canton, Ohio next month, and has chosen instead to honor the city where his football career took off like wildfire: Chattanooga.

Owens statement says, "After giving it much thought, I have realized just how much I want to celebrate what will inevitably be the best weekend of my life at a place that means so much to me."

Owens says he will give his Hall of Fame speech at McKenzie Arena on the UTC campus on Saturday, August 4th. The event will be free and open to the public. Owens says it will begin at 3:17 p.m. sharp.

Why 3:17 p.m.? Terrell Owens is the 317th player going into the Hall of Fame, according to UTC's Dr. Jay Blackman.

His statement continues:

"I am proud to be a Moc, and I'm honored to be able to share this experience with my family, friends, teammates and fans at the place that provided me an opportunity beyond high school and where I truly began to find myself as an athlete. Thank you to everyone who has supported my celebration decision. I look forward to seeing you all in Chattanooga. Getcha popcorn ready!"

You can learn more about the event here.

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