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T.O., with more controversy, will join IFL

Posted on: January 18, 2012 11:48 pm
Edited on: January 19, 2012 11:44 am
T. Owens has made more controversy in an upcoming GQ interview (US Presswire).

By Josh Katzowitz

Terrell Owens, with his money problems and desire to return to the NFL, has had a tough time staying out of the news in his first season out of the NFL. But late Wednesday night, Owens finally had some positive career news to share.

And now, it's official: Owens says he'll return to professional football with the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League.

In a video he posted on, Owens proclaimed the following: "Uh-oh, it's official. It just went down. I'm headed back to Texas. That's right. IFL here I come. Allen, Tx., Here I come. I'm gonna be me. Allen, Tx., I'll see you in the end zone."

As we wrote before, players only make $225 per game in the IFL, and they get a bonus for winning. Owens' paycheck, though, figures to be much larger than that, as the Wranglers put out a story on their website last month that said his compensation package could be worth between $250,000-500,000 (it seems likely Owens would have an ownership stake in the franchise if that's the case).

"I'm sure Cowboys fans and all football fans in the area would love to get T.O. back." Wranglers coach Patrick Pimmel said last month. "Terrell would be a great addition to our organization and I hope we can make this happen."

Now, the Wranglers and Owens have. But that doesn't mean Owens isn't still causing controversy of the negative persuasion.

It came to light Wednesday that Owens made an accusation in the February issue of GQ in which he’s said that before he was to read an apology to his Eagles teammates for his behavior in 2005, Jeremiah Trotter told him not to read the section that was intended as an apology to Donovan McNabb.

TO's Problems
Here’s an excerpt of the GQ article that likely will cause many more headaches in Philadelphia:
How about the decision not to publicly apologize to McNabb for suggesting in an interview immediately after the Eagles lost the Super Bowl that the quarterback had “got tired” on the field? For a moment, he is silent. Could he actually be on the verge of admitting he made an error?

“Well, I probably should have done...,” he begins, rubbing his hand along the contours of his massive shaved dome. Then he stops himself. “No. No. Listen, I was in the locker room before the press conference, and my team captain, Jeremiah Trotter, read through that apology they wrote for me. He got to the bottom part, the part where it had the stuff about Donovan, and he did this.” Owens snatches a piece of paper from the table and rips off the bottom three inches. “This is the team leader we’re talking about; he told me not to do it.”

Trotter, not surprisingly, was outraged by the accusation. In a text to the Inquirer on Wednesday night, Trotter wrote that Owens’ quotes were a “super lie.” Then, the former Eagles linebacker tweeted the following to Owens, “yo man y u lying to GQ Mag I never told u that call me ASAP!!!!!”

A few minutes later, Owens responded, “@jtrotter_54 lying about what?” Then, Owens sent Trotter a direct message with his contact information, so I assume the trail on that aspect of this story has run cold.

But Owens also had this to say in the GQ article, “To say I regret anything would be a slap in my grandmother’s face. Are there some things I might do differently now? Sure.”

Apologizing to McNabb apparently is not one of them. At the end of the excerpt, though, Owens got it exactly right. “I am not,” he says, “a tactful person.”

No, but once again, Owens is officially a professional football player. And he has all bunch of new teammates to whom he can be tactless.

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Since: May 20, 2007
Posted on: January 19, 2012 8:01 pm

T.O., with more controversy, will join IFL

Love me some TO. 2nd best receiver in football history. Haters keep hating.

Since: Jan 19, 2012
Posted on: January 19, 2012 7:04 pm

T.O., with more controversy, will join IFL

He really does need the money. The cheapskate left my friend a $4 tip on a $50 tab a few weeks back! The whole staff stayed after hours to serve him!

Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2012 5:41 pm

T.O., with more controversy, will join IFL

How have the mighty have fallen!...Can't gat a gig in the NFL, T.O. had to buy a team in the indoor football league to make sure he would get a roster spot!

Since: Feb 12, 2010
Posted on: January 19, 2012 4:23 pm

T.O., with more controversy, will join IFL

Hes a liar. Not that that is news. He was supposed to apologize to McNabb for saying if the team had Favre they would be undefeated. He didn't read the apology and the media found out about it because the entire text was found at the foot of his locker.

Since: Aug 18, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2012 3:14 pm

T.O., with more controversy, will join IFL

I heard that T.O is going to a part owner of the team.  If he's unhappy with his contract (perish the thought), will he have to complain to himself ?  And, who's driveway will he do situps in?

Since: Dec 4, 2011
Posted on: January 19, 2012 1:47 pm

T.O., with more controversy, will join IFL

Good luck with your new "career", T.O.

Since: Oct 28, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2012 10:39 am

T.O., with more controversy, will join IFL

Why are people still qouting this guy. He has zero social skills, yet magazines like GQ are still taking qoutes from this liar!

Since: Feb 22, 2010
Posted on: January 19, 2012 10:39 am

T.O., with more controversy, will join IFL

You can't believe half (and that's probably being generous) of what T.O. says.  I'll believe he's going to do this when Rob Lowe tweets that it's going to happen.

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: January 19, 2012 10:36 am

T.O., with more controversy, will join IFL

Listed are the top five NFL career receivers.

Receptions/Yards/Yard per catch

1 Jerry Rice  1549/22,895/14.8  

2 Terrell Owens  1061/15,721/14.9

3 Isaac Bruce 1024/15,208/14.9  

4 Tim Brown  1094/14,934 /3.7  

5 Randy Moss  953/14,778/15.6

This guy had so much talent and was ripe to be the 2nd coming. His mouth and the I attitude would prevent him from the accolades Jerry Rice received when he retired.

Jerry Rice was able to keep his mouth shut, let his talent speak for him, be humble in the fact that he could do something and get paid for it handsomely for it, and apparently was able to manage his finances a lot better than Terrell Owens.

When Terrell was with the San Francisco 49’ers I was really expecting him to stay with this team for his entire career, break all of Jerry Rice records and go down in NFL history as the greatest receiver of all time.

He is without a doubt one of the most talented receivers of all time, but his demeanor and the way he conducted himself was destructive from a PR stand point. It did not help that he decided to hire Drew as his agent. That was another destructive decision.

Then he mouth off about his quarterback Garcia. From that point on it was a drag down hill. Apparently he threw McNabb under the bus. He went to Dallas and more of the same.

Now he is broke and reduced to playing in a league that is professional in name only. $225.00 per game and a bonus for winning.


Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: January 19, 2012 10:36 am

T.O., with more controversy, will join IFL

See what acting like a child gets you. What a waste of talent, had he just played to his potential, kept his mouth shut, and acted right he could have been one of the best. I bet Ochostinko follows suit after NE drops him and nobody else takes a risk on him. Looks like reality show money isn't that great.

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