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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: Mar 7, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 2:59 am
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Since: Jun 25, 2010
Posted on: February 13, 2012 2:40 am
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Since: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 2:34 am

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

sgmdallas, your aren't serious are you? Tell me that you are just trying to have a little fun with this topic.

First, he is a cancer to any team that he played for. Have you never played a game that involves others. He publicly ripped multiple teammates on every team he played for! You can't honestly believe that this is an effective way to make get a point across. Have you never heard the class acts of the league talk about keeping in the locker room? Throwing tantrums along the sidelines, similiar to a child who is in the early stages of learning would be called disruptive. Only most children learn that this behavior is not acceptable, but not TO. Could it be that he was starved for attention and teammates don't appreciate you putting yourself on a pedestal and throwing them under the bus!

I really hope your post was a joke, if not and you think is behavior is acceptable, then you also should never play a sport invloving teammates.

James Harrison gets fined for his hits. I don't think he is a joker! Harrison has grown up playing a game where you hit people and hit them hard. He learned at a young age to do this. Now, in the past 2 years they have instituted rules on how you can hit people. This would be a hard thing to change. If you have grown up playing one way and now Goodell tells you that you have to change immediatley or else?? He isn't the only one getting fined for big hits on a weekly basis. The NFL is a girls game and if you don't want to get popped, don't step on the field. Don't you remember how it use to be legal to stick someone when you made a tackle?

No one has disallowed TO from the league. Teams just don't want to sign him because of his attitude and the BS that comes along with it. Can't you see that?? If he was such a hot commodity, then 1 of 32 would have signed him. Obviously, he isn't wanted!

What?? Give examples. How about you go back and watch video of TO and his sideline rants and read all his quotes that were completely uncalled for. They are easily attainable!
I will give you credit in one area. There are a few players that are acting like TO. Santonio Holmes is one and I think you see or have read that his teammates are just about fed up with his a$$. Better yet, the Jets owe him a boatload of money and have decided to hold onto him. I would probably venture out and say that his teammates cannot stand him! Would you agree? They called him out for his actions. The thing is, they don't sign his paycheck.

I am done here. Any further discussion on this loser is a waste of time here on earth. If someone thinks he should be playing, call your local teams front office and leave a message about you wishes to have him signed. Let me know where that gets ya!

Since: Dec 20, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2012 1:48 am

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

I have always been a T.O. fan.  He's a great athlete and I was also happy he never fell into the thug category and his mughsots were plastered all over the place.  I don't really fall for the hype about his attitude.  Maybe he's just a passionate player.  Who knows.  I thought his controversial side was good for the game.  Nothing like a player that everyone loves to hate on the field for ratings.

Since: Sep 17, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 12:47 am

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

What was he doing that was so 'disruptive'?

Why are jokers like James Harrison and Roth allowed to stay in the league, despite their character issues and T.O. isn't?

What was he doing that was so 'disruptive' again?? Don't just say the word. Give examples. and give examples of things that other players NEVER do.


Since: Aug 12, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 12:39 am

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

They won't allow me to turn over a new leaf. They won't allow me to be a better person.

If he's not a distraction then why does he need to turn over a new leaf. This guy just needs to be quiet and go away. Better yet, he could face up to reality and become a better person. 

Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 12:16 am

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


"De Nile" isn't just a river in Egypt. 


Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 12:14 am

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

TO, plain and simple, you were a "jerk!"  You accused almost every QB you played with (Romo, McNabb, Garcia, etc) of one absurd thing, or another.  YOu are another egotistical moron who loves to read his name in the papers, more so than being a team first person. The NFL is much bigger than any individual, which you never learned.  Time to hang it up and play some flag football.  Too bad, you were loaded with talent, but only knew the definition of the letter, "I."

Since: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 12:01 am

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

They might have beat them in the AFCCG but I doubt they would have beat them in the NFCCG, which happens to be the conference that they both play in!! Are you a football fan? If so, how do you not know which conference the Giants and 49ers play in?

If I was you, I would go visit the NFL home page and start memorizing the teams, divisions and conferences and then come back and make a post that makes some sense!

And no, he would not have helped the 49ers beat anybody. He is a complete jacka$$!!!!!!! In this article, he states that he was a good teammate and was not disruptive, but then he states that the teams won't allow him to turn the page and give him a second chance. Which one is it TBLOW? He admits that he has changed, but why would he need to change if he wasn't any of the forementioned labels?

The guy was a freakish type athlete. He had all the makeup of an elite football player but his mouth got in the way. He just couldn't help himself. There isn't a team that would benefit from this idiot.

Dial M for Moron if any team brings this cancer into the locker room. A person like this cannot change at 38. He is who he be. And he be stupid!!

Since: Apr 26, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2012 12:00 am

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

T.O wasn't a bad teammate, and Priests don't like touching little boys.

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