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Owens talks and we like it.

Posted on: July 31, 2010 5:08 pm
Edited on: July 31, 2010 5:09 pm

GEORGETOWN, KY. -- Terrell Owens' mouth is a big reason why some people don't like him. It never has bothered me much.

In a league of cliché-filled players, where coaches instill the hate-the-media mentality in most, Owens isn't afraid to let loose.

I like it.

But Saturday when I asked Owens an innocent question about Jerry Rice, his former teammate, looking for a stock, canned, accolade-filled answer since Rice is going into the Pro Football Hall of Fame next week, I never thought Owens would take a little shot.
The question: Your numbers are Hall of Fame worthy, but if you average 1,000 yards receiving for six consecutive years, you still wouldn't catch Jerry. Do you look at his numbers?

Innocent enough.

Most players answer it, say some niceties, and that's that.

Not Owens, who is in his first season with the Cincinnati Bengals, having signed this week as a free agent.

"What he's done throughout his career is phenomenal, it's unparalleled," Owens said here during a break at Bengals training camp. "Look at the quarterbacks he had and the teams he's been on. The defenses early in his career pretty much were Cover-1, Cover-3. There wasn't a whole lot of double-teaming, two-mash and all this stuff. Joe and Jerry ate up coverage early on in his career. That's where he chunked up all those yards. It's hard for a receiver now to put up those types of numbers year after year. All the coverages are different. Guys are bigger, faster and stronger."

Translation: Rice had it easier than he did -- even if Owens admitted that what Rice did was impressive.

That's Owens: Candid and Controversial.

Owens didn't stop there. When I asked him about his reputation, and how he's never been in legal trouble, yet viewed as a problem player, he went off, taking a veiled shot at Ben Roethlisberger, who was involved in a much-publicized sexual assault case in Georgia this year.

"I pride myself with the fact that my grandmother raised me right," Owens said. "She taught me right from wrong. You see guys that had DUIs, domestic violence, club altercations, rape allegations, things like that. Myself, I get thrown into the same category with those guys. I don't see how that is. Again, it's ignorance if you ask me. I've had no off-the-field problems. It's mind-boggling."

He's got a point. Aside from his mouth -- and there are things he should never have said -- is he really that bad?

Owens' career numbers are impressive. He is sixth all time in catches (1,006),  third in yards receiving (14,951) and will move to second with 258 yards this season. He's also third on the career touchdown reception list with 144.

Those are first-ballot numbers. Owens isn't counting on it.

"I know the media," he said. "It's going to be about my character. Even if it's about my character, I know character is clean. I have had no run-ins with the law."

He does have a laundry list of spats with teammates, sideline theatrics and some other team-breaking habits. They've all been magnified, in large part because he brings the spotlight on himself.

"I speak my mind," he said. "Look at the sideline things. They're blown out of proportion. You can't hear the audio, but the commentators seem to know what I'm thinking. If it's somebody else, then it's them being a team leader. Myself, it's a total opposite. You see any other quarterback (doing it) or any other team leaders doing that, that's what they say. It's that guy being fiery. He's being a team leader. He has passion for the game. If it's me, I'm being a distraction. They want to throw me off the team. They want to call me a cancer. It's unfair, but it's something I have to deal with. I dealt with it over the years. It is what it is."

Once again, it's a fair point. How can we in the media not love a guy who speaks his mind? Even if he jumps down our throats at times, it's a lot better than dealing with one-game-at-a-time talk.

And I know this: If I'm a coach, I'd much rather have my receiver crying for the ball then crying to get out of jail.









Category: NFL

Since: Mar 4, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2010 9:08 pm

Owens talks and we like it.

OMFG, there is always people on here griping about the articles. Maybe you guys should have taken journalism and got a job in that field since you are all so great at spotting errors and flaws.

I like the article, I too am sick of cliche responses. I am not an Owens fan, but I appreciate him for that purpose. There are no Deions' anymore, everyone acts like a robot.

Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: July 31, 2010 8:53 pm

Owens talks and we like it.

Terrel Owens is the worlds largest 5 year old plain and simple.  Everything always comes down to me, me ,me with him.  He is the definition of a cancer who will sell his teammates out for a dollar.  The only time he ever avoided bashing his teammate was the phony, staged moment of sorrow when the media criticized Tony Romo.  He bashed Jeff Garcia, bashed his coach with SF, he refused to report to Baltimore when traded.  He took shots at McNabb and management with Philly, he complained on occasion during wins in Dallas when he didn't get the ball thrown to him enough.  Fantastic WR and fierce competitor who keeps himself in better shape than anybody out there.  It's his juvenile mentallity that rightfully gave him the reputation he has.  He's not a bad human being, just an awful teammate.

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2010 8:32 pm

Owens talks and we like it.

No matter how Prisco or TO want to spin it, this guy has been a cancer to every team,
other than Buffalo, that he has played on.  TO talks like the media drums all this up
however he gets traded out of S.F. at the peak of his career for far less value than a
WR of that magnitude would demand.  Philadelphia gets rid of him as does Dallas
when he was on of the better players on each of those teams.  Why?  Because he
is a cancer to the teams that he is on.

Dallas, as much as I dislike them, did the smart thing in releasing TO.  Why would they
do that.  Because he was dividing the locker room and starting crap.  TO is a supreme
talent and hasnt been in trouble with the law.  This much is true.  However he has leveled
each team he has been on to the ground. 

Since: Jun 3, 2007
Posted on: July 31, 2010 8:14 pm

Owens talks and we like it.

I have tried to look for all those who have downed T.O. to get on here and start something, or at least back pedal a little. After reading the article, the nay-sayers haven't stepped up to voice their hatred for T.O. Why? Because this article is right, and in many ways people love to have a good vs. bad person mentality. It's not fair to group T.O. with PacMan, Big Ben, Fat Albert, and others who are in the spotlight for off-the-field endeavours. I've seen Peyton Mannning, Tom Brady, Brett Favre, and countless others we call leaders go off on the sideline at their teammates and coaches, and the media and fans do say their the leader and just trying to fire up their team. I've also seen Michael Irving (one TD and all is forgiven), Chris Carter, Keyshawn Johnson, Brandon Marshall, DeSean Jackson, Santonio Holmes, and other gifted WR's through just as bad or worse temper-tantrums on the sidelines during games and not much was made of them. Just get the popcorn ready and let these boys play some football!!!!

Since: Jan 11, 2009
Posted on: July 31, 2010 7:10 pm

Owens talks and we like it.

So sad to see real Journalism thrown out the window these days. I'm not talking about the substance of Prisco's articles, I'm talking about sentence structure and grammar. One sentence paragraphs? You're destroying the English language. Note to all those in Journalism school: you'll fail out if you aim to mimic Prisco's writing style.

Since: Sep 18, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2010 5:53 pm

Owens talks and we like it.

This was well put....

Since: Jul 5, 2007
Posted on: July 31, 2010 5:52 pm

Owens talks and we like it.

   Seems like YOU are trying to start something. YOU aimed him right at Jery Rice, and YOU say his comments were aimed at Rothlisberger. Owens made reference to many different things that different players have done, yet YOU pick a coupl ewords from the entire statement, and say his comments are aimed at Ben.
   How about developing some reporting talent, instead of just trying to cheese people off.
   Couldnt think of anything to write today, so you figure to stir up the Owens pot, pouring gas on the fire. Your like a fireman who deliberatly starts a fire, so you can rush in and get your picture next to the flames.
   Then after trying your best to make him look bad, and start something, you close with a compliment. Make up your mind.

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