Blog Entry

T.O. on NFL: I wasn't a bad teammate, disruptive

Posted on: February 12, 2012 7:30 pm
After 15 seasons and five teams, T.O.'s NFL career appears to be over. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

Terrell Owens last played in an NFL game on December 19, 2010 as a member of the Bengals. It was his first and last year in Cincinnati, one half of the self-proclaimed "Batman and Robin" along with Chad Ochocinco. The duo was so dynamic that quarterback Carson Palmer opted for retirement over another year in Cincy, T.O. wasn't re-signed and Ochocinco was shipped off to New England.

Owens, then 37, was allowed to walk for reasons other than his on-field skills. In 14 games during the 2010 season, he caught 72 passes for 983 yards including 10 touchdowns. Still, despite holding midseason 2011 workouts to show that he had fully recovered from knee surgery, Owens didn't get a sniff from any of the 32 NFL teams. Ultimately, he ended up joining the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League where he is also a co-owner.

T.O. appearing recently on KESN-FM, spoke about about his year away from the NFL and his IFL future.

"I'm using this as a platform to keep myself in shape," he said according to the Dallas Morning News. "The business end of it is something that intrigued me, being a co-owner with the team.

"This is me transitioning to life after football. I feel I'm physically fit and can play at a productive level to where I can play a couple of more years in the National Football League. That's what I'm pushing for. I'm not going to give up hope just because I'm 38 and just had a knee injury. I think a lot of why I probably didn't play this year, everybody keeps talking about the 'character' issues. The last two or three years relatively I was quiet, knowing that everybody was saying that I had a character issue, I'm disruptive, there's a lot of hype that comes with me, they're saying I'm a distraction here and there.

"That's all hearsay," Owens continued. "If you ask a bunch of my teammates, a lot of it is basically blown out of proportion, the media making me into a fall guy. Overall, will I ever admit that I was a bad teammate? Never. I wasn't a bad teammate. Was I disruptive. No I wasn't disruptive."

Here's the thing: Owens, as far as we know, was never arrested for beating his girlfriend or making it rain or carrying a concealed weapon. But it's also a stretch to say that he wasn't, at one time or another, disruptive. Owens implied that former teammate Jeff Garcia was gay, and then there was the falling out with Donovan McNabb. So, yeah, there's some revisionist history going on because, realistically, Owens could've helped a WR-needy team last season if not for he fact that he was, you know, a huge disruption.

"I feel like I have a lot of football left and I'm looking forward to getting back to playing," he said. "I think the thing ... I didn't get picked up was that a lot of general managers bought into the fact that the media thinks that I'm this bad guy, this rebel guy, this disruptive guy that divides and messes up team's chemistry. They won't allow me to turn over a new leaf. They won't allow me to be a better person. Anytime anything is brought up about me, they keep talking about things that happened five, six, seven years ago. Why don't I get a pass? I've kind of fallen into that villain category and I can't get out of that box."

And at 38, Owens likely won't get a chance, at least not in the NFL.

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeOnNFL on Twitter, subscribe to our NFL newsletter, and while you're at it, add our RSS Feed

Since: Aug 18, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2012 1:18 pm

T.O. on NFL: I wasn't a bad teammate, disruptive

Sorry T.O.  you're a loser.  Only the winners get to re-write history.

Since: Jan 28, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2012 1:17 pm

T.O. on NFL: I wasn't a bad teammate, disruptive

And in other news... By T.O. it's time to call it quits ps I hate you and your garbage!

Since: Nov 1, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 1:09 pm

T.O. on NFL: I wasn't a bad teammate, disruptive

He's and idiot, always has been and always will be. I love how he talks about a "new leaf and being a better person" at the end. If you were a good person in the first place you wouldn't have to turn over a new leaf. he doesn't get it and never will.

Since: Dec 2, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2012 12:56 pm

A lot of teams need Terrell Owens

With all of the teams without a legitimate playmaker at the wide reciever spot, there is a spot in the NFL for Terrell Owens.  I do agree with him that his teammates have only said he is a good teammate per Donte Whitmer of the 49ers this season from their time in Buffalo.  The media wants athletes to kiss their butts as if the media is responsible for an athletes success.  Any general manager or owners who cares about their on field product and winning will sign Terrell Owens.  Here is what's funny to me, if the Houston Texans sign Terrell Owens to play beside Andre Johnson then the media will criticize the move in hopes the Texans miss the playoffs so they can say we told you so.  However, if the Patriots sign Terrell Owens then Bill Bellichik is a genius and the media will talk about how much better Tom Brady will make Terrell Owens when by the numbers, Terrell Owens is the 2nd best wide reciever is the history of the NFL.

With that said, if you team is lacking a playmaker at wide reciever or needs a legit #2 to keep their #1 from getting double teamed and you as a fan have hopes of making the playoffs and a Super Bowl run then signing Terrell Owens should definitely be given alot of consideration.  If you are concerned about the "character issues" then you just give him an incentive laden contract.  Here is my example, sign Terrell Owens to a one year, 2 million dollar base contract with a 1 million dollar incentive for making the 46 man roster, 1 million dollars for 60 receptions or 1000 yards recieving, 1 million dollars for team making the playoffs, 1 million dollars for the team winning the conference and 1 million dollars for winning the Super Bowl.  That is how you structure a contract for Terrell Owens and that is a win win situation for everyone. 

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2012 11:34 am

T.O. on NFL: I wasn't a bad teammate, disruptive

While T.O. is a little out there. I put a lot on the blame of his douchebag agent Rosenhause.  He put all that crap in Terrell's head after the super bowl. T.O. and the Eagles could of continued to do great things had his agent not advised him so poorly.  T.O. could have easily been a first ballot hall of famer, instead he'll be lucky to get in at all.

Since: Sep 26, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 11:24 am

T.O. on NFL: I wasn't a bad teammate, disruptive

  I'll not forget the front page picture of TO, shirtless and ripped, doing his situps for the assembled press when he should have been down at the Eagle's facility doing the same....he was holding out for some reason...not getting enough attention, or money. He was childish and vain. As an Eagle's fan his action was seen as betrayal more than disruptive. And his homophobic smear of Jeff Garcia cost JG his career...TO didn't give a rat's a$$. He's one talented SOB that's burned his last bridge in the NFL. Hope he sees the error of his ways as he runs around the indoor hockey rinks of the southwest....

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 10:22 am

T.O. on NFL: I wasn't a bad teammate, disruptive

A HOF type of WR does not bounce around from team to team unless there is a serious problem.  The last two season TO had to beg to play for the Bills who were horrible, and for the Bengals who were horrible at the time.

Both the Bills and Bengals were better teams after Owens left.

The thing I feel bad for is that Owens did not embrace the league and the teams he played for and enjoyed the ride.  Now it is too late..nobdy wants him anymore. 

Since: Jul 12, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 10:09 am

T.O. on NFL: I wasn't a bad teammate, disruptive

Some football player never grow up and become a man.

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 10:05 am

T.O. on NFL: I wasn't a bad teammate, disruptive

You know an NFL team will not touch him when the Rams, who is the poster team for "Help Me, I Need A Reciever" won't give this guy a call.

Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2012 10:00 am

T.O. on NFL: I wasn't a bad teammate, disruptive

When he threw McNabb under the bus, he said he'd rather play with Favre. Maybe some team without a quarterback can bring them both in. And while we're at it, maybe the nfl will start a four team expansion adding a 'seniors divsion'.

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or