Terrell Owens to receive Hall of Fame ring at half time of Raiders vs 49ers game week 9

After all the anger of Terrell Owens turning down
his invitation to attend the Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremony in Canton
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 , the recently enshrined receiver will still
get the rest of his honors. Among those honors is receiving his ‘Ring of
Excellence’ which is handed out to all living Hall of Fame enshrinees.The Pro
Football Hall of Fame announced they will be giving Owens his ring at halftime
of the Raiders vs 49ers Thursday night game in San Francisco week 9. Owens
played the first eight years of his career with the 49ers. That’s where he first
was named All Pro — which he was named three straight years with the 49ers and
five times in his career — and had his two best seasons as a pro.We’ll see if he
accepts the invitation to this ceremony.What I find interesting about all the
people who were fightin’ mad about Owens refusing to show up for the ceremony in
Canton, and his receiving a ring now, is Ken Stabler was never given either
opportunity. They didn’t enshrine him until right after he died. And it took the
Senior Committee to do it. And since he was not here to accept it, his family
did not receive the Ring of Excellence either.So, all these Hall of Fame
committee members can save their anger about a player not showing up for their
ceremony. None of them gave a damn about Stabler getting the shaft for so many
years and therefore not given the option of accepting the honor while he was
alive.Follow @LeviDamien‘Very possible’ Mike Nugent is Raiders kicker to begin
season with Eddy Pineiro out with groin injury Midway through Raiders training
camp, the battle between Eddy Pineiro and incumbment kicker Giogio Tavecchio
ended. They let Tavecchio go in favor of veteran kicker, Mike Nugent. And thus
began a new battle for the Raiders kicker spot.Even still, it appeared the job
was Pineiro’s to lose. The undrafted rookie looked very good in camp and made
all three attempts in the team’s first preseason game against the Lions,
including makes from 45 and 48 yards.Then he was lost to a groin injury and
hasn’t returned. And suddenly having another proven option was a very good
thing.It’s not known yet how long Pineiro’s injury will have him out. Leading to
the inevitable question if the Raiders kicker heading into the season will be
Mike Nugent.“Yeah Womens
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 , it’s possible, very possible,” Gruden said of
Nugent starting the season as the Raiders kicker. “He’s (been) an 80% kicker for
13 years. I don’t know what the exact percentage is, but he’s a good kicker,
he’s been a good kicker for a long time. You don’t make it in this league unless
you are. He’s got the mental toughness and reliability to overcome a bad game or
a bad kick. Right now he’s the leader in the clubhouse because Eddy’s not
healthy.”To be specific, Nugent is an 81% field goal kicker over his career. For
comparison, Sebastian Janikowski has been an 80.4% kicker over his career. Where
they deviate is outside of 50 yards where Janikowski is 55% for his career,
having made 55 of 100 attempts. Nugent has attempted just 29 in his 13-year
career, making 12 (41.4%).Jason Marcum from SB Nation Bengals blog Cincy Jungle
said Nugent isn’t quite the picture of confidence Gruden paints him to
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 , but that he has made some big kicks when
called upon.The former second round pick spent his first four NFL seasons with
the Jets where he made 81.5% of his kicks, but made just three outside of 50
yards. Over seven years in Cincinnati he was an 80.8% kicker, going 11 for 28
outside of 50 yards.He spent part of last season in Dallas with Rich Bisaccia,
where he made 7 of his 9 attempts in four games.Nugent has had four attempts in
his two games kicking for the Raiders this preseason. He made kicks from 30, 31,
and 32 and missed wide left from 49 yards out last week. Pineiro made 17 of his
18 attempts at Florida last season. He missed one in the season opener and then
didn’t miss again. And still hasn’t. Raiders open the season in exactly two
weeks. Pineiro has until then to see if that groin is healthy enough for him to
go.Follow @LeviDamien
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