I hate Terrell Owens. His antics constantly clutter the sports world. He only cares about his money and his popularity and could care less about the sport of football or his teammates. Let me break down why T.O. needs to GO HOME!

Some of you may remember the 49ers playoff game in San Francisco against the Packers maybe 10 years ago where the announcers spent much of the 4th quarter focusing on Terrell Owens and how little he had produced that game and how he was about to be let go in the off-season. On one of the last drives of the game Steve Young hit Owens on a post route over the middle in traffic and despite getting sandwiched by two Green Bay DBs T.O. held on for the game winning score. The cameras were glued to him on the sideline the rest of the game showing him crying his eyes out knowing that single catch was probably going to be enough to prevent him from being filtered out of the NFL. A good humbling story for a kid with a humble background growing up in small town Alabama and playing his college ball at small time Tennessee-Chattanooga. Looking back now I think how much I would have loved to have seen that pass hit the turf or at least have fallen into the hands of Jerry Rice or J.J. Stokes.

Since that day T.O. has been on a path of destruction. He has torn apart the 49ers organization, the careers of many of his teammates and coaches, and any respect opposing players and fans ever had for him. After he ran Jerry Rice out of San Francisco and became the Niners go-to guy he started his habit of playing games in the media. He blasted his quarterback Jeff Garcia in the media even trying to start rumors that he was gay. He would throw tantrums on the field yelling at Garcia and Coach Steve Mariucci to get him the ball. None of this bothered me at the time because I am a huge Dallas Cowboys fan and watching the Niners tearing themselves apart wasn't particularly disappointing.

T.O.'s childish behavior entered my realm when during a game in Texas Stadium after a touchdown he sprinted 50 yards to the middle of the field and stood in the middle of the star with his hands raised as if he was God's gift to man. He scored again in the fourth quarter and sprinted to middle field attempting to do it again when Cowboys' Safety George Teague blind sided him. The next day before the league handed down their punishment Mariucci suspended his best player for his showboating. This time T.O. blasted his coach and the Niners front office in the media. Owens went on to embarass himself pulling a sharpie out of his sock and signing a ball after a TD and borrowing a Niner cheerleader's pom poms to celebrate another touchdown.

After the 2003 season Owens' bitching to the media and the San Fran front office resulted in the firing of both Mariucci and quarterback Jeff Garcia. But after finally getting his way and running those guys out of town he decides he is going to jump ship and test the free agent waters. Long story short he flat out misses the deadline to file for free agency so the Niners still have rights to him. Now the Niners are in an awkward situation because they do still have rights to Owens but he obviously doesn't want to play for them. So San Fran trades Owens to Baltimore. With any other player that would have been the end of the story but Owens being the biggest crybaby in professional sports whines that he doesn't want to go to Baltimore he wants to go the Philadelphia. The Niners finally fold and reverse the trade and send Owens to Philly.

Now Owens is in Philly and signs a huge contract. He is getting paid and he is in the best situation he has ever been in to win a championship. So T.O. lives happily ever after, right? Of course not. In two-a-days he complains to the media that Eagles Coach Andy Reid conducts too many full pads practices. I have two huge problems with this. 1) Football is a physical contact sport, get tough. 2) If you have a problem with a teammate, coach, whoever settle it behind closed doors. Don't run to the media with it like a 14 yr old girl and try to get as many people on your side as you can. So Owens plays a huge part in helping the Eagles get to the Super Bowl where they lose to the Pats.

Now Owens is going to holdout until the Eagles give him a new contract. He claims he just wants to put "food on the table" for his kids. If $7 million a year isn't enough to put food on the table what the hell kind of food are you feeding your kids, T.O. If you get traded you get traded. You honor the trade. If you sign a contract then you commit to the contract. You honor that contract. Then he blasts standup QB Donovan McNabb in the media for his play in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl and for being the Eagle's "company man". This guy can't go 2 weeks without showing his face in the media. Some people think its entertaining, to me its just embarrassing. His latest shenanigan is attempting to play basketball for the Sacramento King's summer league team in Las Vegas. The Eagle's response when asked for permission… ARE YOU KIDDING? Lets get this straight you blast our franchise QB in the media, you skip all the off-season minicamps, you threaten to holdout through camp until you get a new contact, and now you are seeking our permission to risk a $7 million asset by allowing you to play in a basketball summer league?

Terrell Owens will never be one of the great wide receivers to play this game because he does not love this game. He loves money. He loves fames. He loves being controversial but he does not love football. Football is his means to an end. Michael Irvin loved football. It is possible to love football and controversy because Irvin did just that. He had his high rolling life style that involved fancy clothes, strip clubs, cocaine arrests, run ins with the law, etc.

But the difference is he loved the game and he at least respected his quarterback and coaches. He didn't play games in the media besides offering the guaranteed win to pump up his team before an NFC Championship game against T.O.'s Niners. Not a peap came out of Irvin when he was passed up on his first Hall of Fame ballot despite finishing his injury shortened career 10th all-time in receptions, 9th all-time in yards, to go along with 3 super bowl rings and 5 Pro Bowl appearances. I heard a radio talk show host talking about Irvin's intensity and love of football and competition and he described Irvin by saying if you called him up at 4 in the morning and told him they were going to have a pickup game of touch football in the park in 10 minutes he would be there ready to go.

Irvin played his entire career with one team, never heldout, was normally underpaid(making less than $1 million for the majority of his career), and won 3 super bowl rings. He never did quit, rather he was forced into early retirement after landing awkwardly on his neck on that infamously crappy Veteran's Stadium turf. Ironically, it was the Eagles fans who cheered when Irvin was down and cheered louder when he left the field on a stretcher. Emmitt Smith said he was the one player played with in his career who you looked at across the locker room before games and thanked God he was on your side.

Unlike Irvin, Owens plays for himself and will not go down as one of the greats. He will go down as one of the most spoiled, ungrateful, players in NFL history who embarrassed himself, his team, and his sport.



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