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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.

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Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: February 13, 2012 9:20 am

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

This comment is a joke coming from a diude who threw every QB he ever paired with in the NFL under the bus. I'll believe this only when Jeff Garcia, Steve Young, D McNabb and Tony Romo say it's true. Until then TO, stop whining.

Since: Feb 13, 2012
Posted on: February 13, 2012 9:11 am

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

This guy is the ultimate in self-indulgent and attention seeking punks ever to hit the screen.  Who remembers the day of this guy doing bench presses in his driveway for the press after he blew off his team?  Who remembers the Monday Night Football interview with his agent that was straight from a Saturday Night Live parody? 

What is it about wide receivers and cornerbacks (not all) that makes them such primadonnas?  Why would any person crave attention so badly?  It has to be severe insecurity.  Million dollar bodies and 10 cent heads.

BTW - Chad Mucho-Zero is changing his name back - another knucklehead!

Since: Jul 22, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 8:14 am

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

T.O. is still at 38 years old better then alot of NFL wideouts. If he is in shape and ready to play someone will sign him to a one or two year contract. T.O. is always a model player on a new team for a couple of seasons. With his money problems he will becoming to play! This is his last shot to secure his future and rep. If I am a NFL team in need of a WR I am looking at T.O. people can talk about him but he shows up and gives 110% when on the field. Good luck T.O. 

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 7:38 am

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

Uh, right.  So, when does he get to the part where people like Attila the Hun, Hitler, Saddam Hussein, Khadafy, and Osama Bin Laden were "good people who were misunderstood?"  Obviously, I don't mean Owens killed anyone, though he did have a reputation as a "coach-killer" and/or "QB-killer," but there really isn't much wiggle room here.  
Those in power rewrite history.  Owens has no power, nor does he have the leverage to do so.  

Maybe T.O needs to take a T. O.   

Since: Feb 13, 2012
Posted on: February 13, 2012 7:37 am

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

uncessary dude

Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 6:54 am

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


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Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 3:35 am

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

Owens had an has more talent in one finger that most people have in their whole body. He is athletic as hell and was in shape upon arrival in training camp.

When Jerry Rice was shipped to Oakland from the 49er’s I thought they would not skip a beat with this talented Terrell Owens.

In his first year or two he was what you would expect of a wide receiver. He caught everything in front, behind and over his head.

Then he came to the conclusion that he was bigger than the team. He called out his quarterback out and insinuated that the quarterback was not throwing the ball to him enough , also I think he insinuated that Jeff was gay.

He went through the Eagles, Cowboys and Bengals.

At each stop he would berate the quarterback.

Had he been such a good team player and not a disruption in the locker room he would have caught on and stayed with one of those teams.

I am sure most of the team members on each of those teams will tell you that without a doubt, T.O. was one of the most if not the most talented and athletic player on the team. Now his behavior would be a different story.


Since: Mar 7, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 2:59 am
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