In an off-season full of big names finding new homes all over the NFL there has been one player noticeably absent from the headlines. He is brash. He is athletic. He is talented. Few can take over a game quite like he can, and even fewer can polarize a fan base both for and against him quite like he can.
I’m talking about the one, the only—Terrell Owens.
T.O. was cut after one lackluster season in Buffalo. For most players it would have probably qualified as a pretty good year, but for him 55 catches for 829 yards and only 5 touchdowns is not that good. He has not had fewer catches since his rookie year (not counting the 2005 season when he only played 7 games); 1999 for yardage (again not counting the injury shortened 2005 year); and again the 1999 season for touchdowns.
He is getting up there in the years, but when you are known as being one of the most physically fit players in the NFL who almost fanatically takes care of his body, age is not an issue. So then why has T.O. not signed with a team yet?
Perhaps a better question should be why have some other players been signed and he has not. Donte’ Stallworth was fresh out of jail for killing someone while driving drunk and got picked up pretty quick. Pacman Jones has been out of the game for a year and got picked up. Matt Jones has not played in a year and is now with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Michael Vick was out of the game for nearly two years after being in the federal pen for dog fighting, and had little trouble finding a team.
So here you have a handful of guys that have obvious character issues, enough that their lawyer is probably on speed dial, and they are playing football next year. Terrell Owens has never been arrested. He does not show up in the tabloids for driving drunk, doing stupid stuff while partying, or beating his girlfriends.
Yet no one seems to want him. Even Donovan McNabb has said he would be willing to play with him again, but Shanahan said no.
Eldorado (that would be T.O.’s middle name) I think this is proof positive that your attitude has finally caught up with you. All the trash talking about you teammates, the media circus surrounding workouts in his drive way, all the ‘look at me’ behavior—people don’t like that. Teams have opted to go with convicted criminals on the team rather than you (and Stallworth is not that good even).
It might have taken awhile, but you are finally getting what is coming to you. You are finally getting booted from the game not because of injury or age, but simply because no one wants to play with you.
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