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T.O. on NFL: I wasn't a bad teammate, disruptive

Posted on: February 12, 2012 7:30 pm
After 15 seasons and five teams, T.O.'s NFL career appears to be over. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

Terrell Owens last played in an NFL game on December 19, 2010 as a member of the Bengals. It was his first and last year in Cincinnati, one half of the self-proclaimed "Batman and Robin" along with Chad Ochocinco. The duo was so dynamic that quarterback Carson Palmer opted for retirement over another year in Cincy, T.O. wasn't re-signed and Ochocinco was shipped off to New England.

Owens, then 37, was allowed to walk for reasons other than his on-field skills. In 14 games during the 2010 season, he caught 72 passes for 983 yards including 10 touchdowns. Still, despite holding midseason 2011 workouts to show that he had fully recovered from knee surgery, Owens didn't get a sniff from any of the 32 NFL teams. Ultimately, he ended up joining the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League where he is also a co-owner.

T.O. appearing recently on KESN-FM, spoke about about his year away from the NFL and his IFL future.

"I'm using this as a platform to keep myself in shape," he said according to the Dallas Morning News. "The business end of it is something that intrigued me, being a co-owner with the team.

"This is me transitioning to life after football. I feel I'm physically fit and can play at a productive level to where I can play a couple of more years in the National Football League. That's what I'm pushing for. I'm not going to give up hope just because I'm 38 and just had a knee injury. I think a lot of why I probably didn't play this year, everybody keeps talking about the 'character' issues. The last two or three years relatively I was quiet, knowing that everybody was saying that I had a character issue, I'm disruptive, there's a lot of hype that comes with me, they're saying I'm a distraction here and there.

"That's all hearsay," Owens continued. "If you ask a bunch of my teammates, a lot of it is basically blown out of proportion, the media making me into a fall guy. Overall, will I ever admit that I was a bad teammate? Never. I wasn't a bad teammate. Was I disruptive. No I wasn't disruptive."

Here's the thing: Owens, as far as we know, was never arrested for beating his girlfriend or making it rain or carrying a concealed weapon. But it's also a stretch to say that he wasn't, at one time or another, disruptive. Owens implied that former teammate Jeff Garcia was gay, and then there was the falling out with Donovan McNabb. So, yeah, there's some revisionist history going on because, realistically, Owens could've helped a WR-needy team last season if not for he fact that he was, you know, a huge disruption.

"I feel like I have a lot of football left and I'm looking forward to getting back to playing," he said. "I think the thing ... I didn't get picked up was that a lot of general managers bought into the fact that the media thinks that I'm this bad guy, this rebel guy, this disruptive guy that divides and messes up team's chemistry. They won't allow me to turn over a new leaf. They won't allow me to be a better person. Anytime anything is brought up about me, they keep talking about things that happened five, six, seven years ago. Why don't I get a pass? I've kind of fallen into that villain category and I can't get out of that box."

And at 38, Owens likely won't get a chance, at least not in the NFL.

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Since: Dec 2, 2009
Posted on: February 15, 2012 4:18 pm

This is a must read article with some truth


I hope everyone enjoys.  

Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 5:19 pm

T.O. on NFL: I wasn't a bad teammate, disruptive

Until he can admit that he was a disrution and that HE was the problem he is never going to get a pass or catch another one in the NFL for that matter. Heck of a receiver but not worth the problems.

Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: February 13, 2012 5:18 pm

Why is he still relevant?

and why are we even talking about him? He was disruptive, egotistical, and cancerous. Ask each and every team that failed to get a ring with him in the huddle. Better yet, ask the QB's he stabbed in the back... Garcia, McNabb. Put it this way: If the Niners had signed him before the playoffs they NEVER would have even been in the game with the Saints, let alone take the Giants to OT. Can you even imagine his complaints after a game where Vernon Davis is targets more than him??? Go away, TO. Make another pathetic TV show.

Since: Oct 24, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 3:58 pm

T.O. on NFL: I wasn't a bad teammate, disruptive

The Bottom Line is that the NFL is a business and if the Team's didn't see T.O. as being disruptive he would have been given another chance.  Owners, Coaches, Players and Fans want to win games and Championships.  They will put up with a lot of bad press from the off the field stunts (Ray Lewis, Kenny Britt, Ben Roethlisberger, etc) if the player is contributing on the field and in the locker room  T.O. can blame the media all he wants but if he could help win games and not be a distraction he would be with an NFL team right now

Since: Apr 7, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2012 3:34 pm

T.O. on NFL: I wasn't a bad teammate, disruptive

I'm a fan of the non-talking, playing hard T.O......wait that T.O. doesn't exist!  Your attitude is terrible so get used to retirement dude!

Since: Sep 8, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 3:02 pm

T.O. on NFL: I wasn't a bad teammate, disruptive


TO is the biggest douchebag bitch of all time! 

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 2:27 pm

T.O. on NFL: I wasn't a bad teammate, disruptive

What harm has Chad Ochocinco/Johnson ever done?

Since: Jan 6, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2012 1:54 pm
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Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 1:48 pm

T.O. on NFL: I wasn't a bad teammate, disruptive

You are dead on. When are you not excited about getting one of the best receivers in the game? When it's T.O.  Imagine what he could have done with his career if it wasn't for his mouth.  Chad Johnson, Moss, even Eric Dickerson - incredible, talented athletes who came up short due to their attitudes.  I hope that this isn’t a trend that gets worse in the future.

Since: May 20, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 1:29 pm

T.O. on NFL: I wasn't a bad teammate, disruptive

After all of the things he has said about teammates during his career it is impossible to feel sorry for this delusional has been. He is forced into retirement before his skills have completely eroded because his baggage outweighs his skill level. Now his ramblings about never being a disruptive influence or a bad teammate are interspersed with comments about not being allowed to turn over a new leaf. He has made a lot of money and apparently has wasted it. Time to look for a real job T.O.

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