March 20th, 2006 19:22 EST
Troubles with T.O.
NFL- After ruining two franchises on the peak of their success Terrell Owens, who recently signed a 3-year, 25 million dollar deal over the weekend wants to talk about his two seasons in Philadelphia. The 32-year old wide receiver first started in San Francisco where he was on the verge of becoming Jerry Rice’s successor. Five of his eight seasons as a 49er were for 1,000 yards receiving, four of them in which he recorded double-digit touchdowns.
In 2003, the former third-round pick showed much displeasure about his contract and demanded a resolution. The Philadelphia Eagles provided the tissues for his tears. The superstar was traded to the Eagles in a three-way trade allowing #81 to team up with Donovan McNabb, a quarterback who he desperately wanted to catch passes from.
So the two sides agreed on a long term-deal and everything was to be happily ever after. Right? Wrong.
The first year was the Eagles time to shine. After losing in the NFC Championship game three consecutive times prior to the T.O. era, Owens was sure to be the ticket over the hump. He was indeed that. Having a season that Eagle fans have not seen since Harold Carmichael, Mike Quick, and Fred Barnett T.O. set the stage for Jacksonville.
Only he injured himself at the end of the regular season breaking his right foot. Surely, at that time it appeared that Philadelphia’s hopes of a Super Bowl appearance was a mere dream. A heroic performance in both playoff games from McNabb allowed this dream to come true.
Owens delivered a miraculous performance in the game from Jacksonville, but it wasn’t enough. Trouble started from there. The next year the Eagles suspended Owens for half the season for conduct detrimental to the team. Owens put-down any teammate not on his side, complained about his lack of catches but most importantly called out the leader of the team.
My question after all this: Why write a book? The book entitled “Ineligible Receiver: The Real Story Of my Journey from the Super Bowl to the Sidelines,” is due in July. This guy has some nerve.
First of all, his so-called “journey” is no secret to the public. Everyone knows how his selfishness and ego alone destroyed two well-respected franchises, both of whom have fine upper management. Secondly, he signed a three-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys, a team who is despised by Philadelphia Eagles fans and at one time by Owens. It is the same team where he mocked the “star” at midfield during a touchdown celebration.
The title of the book is the most comical. His “journey” he likes to call it. Like Owens has been through so much and deserves some sort of sympathy from the public. Sounds like he is a little bitter to me.
The wide receiver calls out his team and puts everything on him; all the while afterwards, he makes an apology statement outside his multi-million dollar mansion! Of course, his agent Drew Rosenhous didn’t give the public much preview of the book when asked.
“You’ll just have to buy the book and find out,” Rosenhous said. Owens is a great athlete and his services are desperately needed in the NFL as was proven last weekend. Teams will take their chances on account of what Owens can do on the field. They know what they are getting themselves into with Owens.
He is an amazing player and can turn a franchise around. The screens, cuts, slants, and plays he runs are amazing in itself. His speed and agility makes him the special player that he is. This is his last chance to prove his story, not by a book of his “troublesome journey” the past two years, but by his behavior on and off the field. The Cowboys are an old-fashioned franchise who will take no nonsense from him.
Questions about his attitude and conduct will damper his career and questions of his egoism and selfishness will always arise. I do love to watch the egotistical maniac play, but would hate to see his talents go to waste and not watch him at all on Sundays.