5 Reasons Terrell Owens Will Go Down In NFL History As A Selfish, Me-First Player
Terrell Owens is up to his old tricks again. After keeping his mouth shut for most of the season as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals—only opening it to take shots at the team’s poor play this season and, of course, to co-host The T.Ocho Show, alongside Chad Ochocinco—T.O. started running his yapper again earlier this week and took a few shots at Bengals’ ownership and, more importantly, the Bengals’ coaches.
“I think there in underachieving, you know, from the top down,” Owens said during this week’s episode of The T.Ocho Show. “You start off with the owner, you start off with the coaches and obviously we as players. We are a product of what the coaches are doing. Of course, we have to go out there and play the game. But in order for us to do what we’re allowed to do at the best of our ability, the coaches have to put the players in the right position.”
And to that, we say: Ziiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiing! The honeymoon was fun while it lasted, eh, Cincy? You didn’t really think you were going to make it through an entire season without T.O.—one of the most arrogant, self-centered players to ever step onto the football field—showing why he’s earned that reputation. Did you?
We certainly hope not. Because over the course of his career, T.O. has done everything in his power to make himself the selfish player that he is today. That’s the legacy he’s chosen for himself. But don’t just trust our opinion on this. Take a look at the five reasons T.O. will go down as the most selfish, me-first NFL players in the history of the game.
Ask former San Francisco 49ers QB Jeff Garcia or former Philadelphia Eagles QB Donovan McNabb what they think about T.O. today and they’d probably say something like, “T.O. is a great player who always helped make me a better quarterback.” Take them off the press conference podium, give them each a couple of beers and ask them what they really think about T.O. and you’re probably get a response that’s filled with more expletives that we can edit out here. Bottom line: If Bengals QB Carson Palmer doesn’t pick up his play this season, don’t be surprised when Owens directs a little bit of criticism his way, too. And would you really be surprised?
2. He’s set the tone—the negative tone—for every team that he’s ever been on.
Outside of maybe his time in Buffalo, which most people ignored thanks to the fact that, well, he was in Buffalo, T.O. has brought of plenty of negative publicity for just about every pro franchise he’s played on. Think about it. When is the last time T.O. left a team and the whole city that he left was actually upset about it? Yeah, we’ll wait…
3. His low moments all outweigh his high ones.
When you think about T.O.’s career, there’s a pretty good chance you don’t think of all the touchdowns he’s caught. You don’t think of the time he rushed himself back to injury to play for the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl. You don’t remember him turning Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo into a Pro Bowl player. But you do remember him taking a Sharpie out of his sock to sign a football after scoring a TD, him bashing McNabb about the Eagles’ Super Bowl loss and him crying during a press conference after the Cowboys got knocked out of the playoffs thanks to Romo’s poor play. That you remember those moments says a lot about how T.O. will be remembered.
4. His on-the-field performance has taken a backseat to his off-the-field ventures in recent years.
In the last five years, T.O. has transformed himself from a football player to an entertainer. And, in a way, we commend him for that. You can’t be a pro athlete forever and it’s good to have a plan for after your career ends. However, the TV show with Ocho, the reality show on VH1 and all of the other off-the-field stuff has distracted people from what he has done on the field. And while that might have made him an extra couple bucks, it’s only going to hurt his chances of being remembered favorably by the general public later on.
5. He hasn’t mentored the next generation of NFL players like those before him have.
To be fair, we haven’t been in the locker room with T.O. this season, last season or any season before that. We don’t know exactly how he treats his teammates. But one thing is clear about T.O.: He’s not a natural leader in the sense of helping others and setting a good example. As a result, we doubt there are going to be many players playing in 2015 or 2020 that say, “Hey, that T.O.? He really helped me get to where I am in my career today.” They may learn what not to do by watching him. But he hasn’t left a positive impression of many of today’s young players. And because of it, we don’t see him going down in history as anything more than a selfish, me-first kind of guy in the annals of NFL history.