T.O. Let Go

terrell-owensThe first play that comes to mind when I think of Terrell Owens is a 1998 game-winning touchdown in the playoffs against the Green Bay Packers.

The play was memorable for two reasons: 1) It was a bad ass catch between two players that won a playoff game and 2) Owens cried like a baby afterwards.

Somewhere between that day a now, Owens has become the most accomplished laughing stock in the history of the NFL.

Last night Owens was released by the Dallas Cowboys, sparking a ton of dialogue on ESPN’s Sportscenter about his future, past and hall of fame status.

Here’s the rundown on T.O.

141 career touchdowns (139 receiving) 2nd only to Jerry Rice
14,122 receiving yards
Holds NFL record for most receptions in one game (20)
5 straight 1,000 yard seasons (9 total)

Looking at the numbers alone they seem to represent a guy who has a few championship rings, and is a for sure hall of famer. But when you attach the name Terrell Owens to it, they seem somewhat diminished.

The analysts on ESPN seemed torn about Owen’s Hall of Fame status which is a shame. I’m reminded of the arguments that always arise when the voting is done for the baseball Hall of Fame.

Players who many feel should be unanimously voted in, aren’t simply because a writer or two didn’t appreciate how said player didn’t smile at them.

I read an interesting article not too long ago about voting for such prestigious honors such as halls of fame and for the most part, I agree with the sentiments expressed by the writer.

All I know is this, of course the guy a team obliterator but he’s also an offensive generator.

If he can find a team with a locker room full of guys who are guaranteed to punch him in the mouth if he gets out of line, he can be a tremendous addition and stretch the field against any defense.

Sure he’s had a few drops in the past, even leading the league in the category recently, the upside is huge if you can keep the antics to a minimum.

Imagine how well he might perform under a no nonsense coach like the Steeler’s Mike Tomlin, or the tight ship in in New England run by Bill Belichick.

I can’t even begin to think about what team he may sign with but it’s going to be an interesting off season.


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