Owens' speech at his alma mater reiterated why he chose to skip the Hall of Fame festivities.
Rice and Owens were teammates on the 49ers for five seasons from 1996-2000.
But he added those experiences in the small town shaped him into the Hall of Famer he is today.
Needless to say, Owens still holds a grudge against the sports media who determined his fate on the Hall of Fame ballot.
Owens thanked everyone from his late grandmother and mother to coaches from his high school days in Alexander City, Alabama, through his time at Chattanooga and into the NFL. He was preceeded by Randy Moss, Brian Dawkins, Brian Urlacher, Jerry Kramer, Robert Brazile and Bobby Beathard.More news: Evacuations underway in Lynchburg, heavy rain may cause dam to fail
The visitor was none other than former Bears star middle linebacker Brian Urlacher, who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame Saturday night in the same stadium. "Whether it's three years or 45 years, you should get what you rightfully earned".
"This is for you", Owens said.
"I wasn't really too pleased about it, " Owens said of the Hall of Fame's initial reaction regarding the jacket.
"Tell me something can't be done is like pouring lighter fluid on an open flame", said Lewis, a two-time Defensive Player of the Year who won a second Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens for the 2012 season - coming back from a torn triceps - then retired.
He ends his 15-year National Football League career with 1,078 receptions, 15,934 yards and 153 receiving touchdowns. "I want to thank you for opening the door and not being scared to reach out", Moss said. "This entire speech you thought was about me, this was for you", Owens said. "But I love me more".
Moss went for over 1,000 yards in his first season with the Raiders, making it to the 1,000 mark on the final day of the season.