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T.O.: the next Bill Shakespeare?

Posted on: August 21, 2010 4:52 pm
Posted by Andy Benoit

You may have heard about the open letter Terrell Owens wrote to Bengals fans in the Cincinnati Enquirer Friday. While no one is describing T.O. as the next Thomas Paine, he seems to be getting plenty of praise.

There’s a discussion to be had here. On the one hand, the motif of Owens’s letter is basically “team first, it’s all about winning.” That’s good. But on the other hand, is it really putting the team first when you write a letter to the fan base to begin with? You think the Bengals asked Owens to do that? Of all the free agents who have joined new teams in NFL history, how many felt it necessary to write a letter to the new fan base? (And after signing a one-year contract, no less.)

Below is the letter. It’s up to you – fair or foul?

Dear Bengals Nation,

Feb. 6, 2011 is now marked on my calendar with a big orange circle. As I joined the Cincinnati Bengals and continue my career I'm very excited with the opportunity to be in pursuit of the championship.

First off, I'm thankful to Mike Brown and the Bengals organization for giving me another opportunity to play football.

Second, I'm certain in life nothing is guaranteed - but for us to win the Super Bowl it will take a total team effort.

Third, I'm promising you that the focus will be stronger than you've ever seen it. Life isn't always easy but it's the bumps along the way that makes you stronger. With my "me against the world" mentality as a young man, I've learned that life can be more challenging but I've matured.

If it wasn't for the support of my grandmother and the love of my family and true friends, I would be lost. My faith, confidence and maturity keeps me strong and focused on more than just T.O.

The Bengals are now my extended family and I look forward to learning more about your city, teammates, coaches and you all. This is my home and I'm happy to be in the Midwest. I'm confident in our team's chances of winning the title, so anything less than the playoffs is unacceptable to us. It will definitely take a fight but if my gut is correct, Who Dey Nation will be proud this season. I signed here for a reason.

With hard work and unity, this team will restore power and respect. We're focused on playing in Texas on Feb. 6. Just take a look at my calendar, the date is saved. Let's make the Jungle roar this season!

Yours truly,

Terrell Owens aka T.O. aka "I'm Batman!"

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: February 1, 2012 3:59 pm

T.O.: the next Bill Shakespeare?

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 17, 2011 1:48 pm

T.O.: the next Bill Shakespeare?

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Since: Aug 1, 2010
Posted on: August 24, 2010 6:45 am

T.O.: the next Bill Shakespeare?

Of course-none of you white fans can see or admit to the double standard you all carry with respect to the personalities of athletes. Somehow the black one can never do right in your eyes and the white ones can never do wrong.I'm sorry you feel that way.  I see it a bit differently.TO has craved media attention, purposefully drawn them to him and then gotten caught for saying something in public that might have been better said in private.  He asks for scrutiny and gets it.  SF with the comments about Garcia, Dallas w/ the pills, Philly w/ the holdout and McNabb insults, Baltimore w/ the snub.  
I guess I'm about to get accused of playing the race card.Hate the term and the metaphor.  This is not a card game, you're talking about culture and history.
Brett Favre is given the attaboys and backslaps by white fans and the media alike.Nooooo.... similarly to TO's situation, he creates drama where it doesn't need to be.  So, I am not for the garbage that he pulls every year, and neither is anyone I know.  John Madden however has a chubby for the guy, but that guy can shut his face as well.  I think football players should play football.  That's it.  Seriously, if there was never another post game interview with a player using stupid cliche's that mean nothing; I'd be happy.
I don't like Favre watch either.
You made thought provoking points about media treatment of athletes based on race.  That is a discussion worth having.

Since: Aug 23, 2010
Posted on: August 23, 2010 12:21 pm

T.O.: the next Bill Shakespeare?

When you have a cancer, the right move is to get surgery and cut it out. The wrong move is to dump a bucket of toxic waste over yourself, hoping to get super powers. It's just a matter of time before 1 of the 2 "clubhouse cancers" spreads and takes down the Bungles. Who Dey? Simple answer: Dey Clubhouse Cancers!

Since: Aug 23, 2010
Posted on: August 23, 2010 11:36 am

T.O.: the next Bill Shakespeare?

Dude, give the guy a break.  Does he not deserve another chance in the league?  Nothing wrong with this letter and the fans should be siked for this season.  And no, I don't live in Cinci, I live in Philly.  We had our time with T.O. and he took us to the Super Bowl.  Get off his back.  I hope the Bengals have a great season.

Since: Mar 29, 2008
Posted on: August 23, 2010 11:18 am

T.O.: the next Bill Shakespeare?

This letter in my opinion has many things in it that sound narcisistic(i think i spelled wrong but whatever) and it's just more of the same from this guy.

Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: August 23, 2010 10:01 am

T.O.: the next Bill Shakespeare?

correction - "writing a letter to the fans of his new TEAM" not "new time"

Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: August 23, 2010 9:58 am

T.O.: the next Bill Shakespeare?

I am a die-hard Chicago Bears fan. I have never been a T.O. fan and have been very critical of him in the past; however, I am impressed by the relatively humble nature and sincerity of the letter. I really feel that there is no alterior motive which may be a first for T.O. Given his past, I don't think writing a letter to the fans of his new time suggests a continued arrogance, instead I think the content states a realization that Mike Brown has given him a chance that not many others were willing to hand him.

Good for you T.O., but the proof is in the pudding. You have made public comments before that have not held up. Now is the time to prove that you mean what you have said, that you truly have matured as a person but not aged as a player. Now is the time to shut-up and play football !!!!

Since: Aug 12, 2009
Posted on: August 23, 2010 9:32 am

T.O.: the next Bill Shakespeare?

Owens had nearly 800 receiving yards last year on only 55 catches.  Can you imagine if he had a QB who could get thim the rock 80-90 times?  He would've had an 80-1200-7 year.  That aint too bad, and its certainly not a decline by any means.  The man can still play, and the Bengals imporved big-time by bringing T.O. in.  Im from Philly and I've lived through the T.O. ordeal, but if he wanted to come back to the Eagles this year, i wouldve loved it!

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: August 23, 2010 9:17 am

T.O.: the next Bill Shakespeare?

For all the Bengal/T.O. haters, I will find it very ironic when a) the Bengals win this year's Super Bowl and b) T.O. goes into the HoF as a Bengal.

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