Posted by Andy Benoit
You may have heard about the open letter Terrell Owens wrote to Bengals fans in the Cincinnati Enquirer Friday. While no one is describing T.O. as the next Thomas Paine, he seems to be getting plenty of praise.
There’s a discussion to be had here. On the one hand, the motif of Owens’s letter is basically “team first, it’s all about winning.” That’s good. But on the other hand, is it really putting the team first when you write a letter to the fan base to begin with? You think the Bengals asked Owens to do that? Of all the free agents who have joined new teams in NFL history, how many felt it necessary to write a letter to the new fan base? (And after signing a one-year contract, no less.)
Below is the letter. It’s up to you – fair or foul?
Dear Bengals Nation,
Feb. 6, 2011 is now marked on my calendar with a big orange circle. As I joined the Cincinnati Bengals and continue my career I'm very excited with the opportunity to be in pursuit of the championship.
First off, I'm thankful to Mike Brown and the Bengals organization for giving me another opportunity to play football.
Second, I'm certain in life nothing is guaranteed - but for us to win the Super Bowl it will take a total team effort.
Third, I'm promising you that the focus will be stronger than you've ever seen it. Life isn't always easy but it's the bumps along the way that makes you stronger. With my "me against the world" mentality as a young man, I've learned that life can be more challenging but I've matured.
If it wasn't for the support of my grandmother and the love of my family and true friends, I would be lost. My faith, confidence and maturity keeps me strong and focused on more than just T.O.
The Bengals are now my extended family and I look forward to learning more about your city, teammates, coaches and you all. This is my home and I'm happy to be in the Midwest. I'm confident in our team's chances of winning the title, so anything less than the playoffs is unacceptable to us. It will definitely take a fight but if my gut is correct, Who Dey Nation will be proud this season. I signed here for a reason.
With hard work and unity, this team will restore power and respect. We're focused on playing in Texas on Feb. 6. Just take a look at my calendar, the date is saved. Let's make the Jungle roar this season!
Terrell Owens aka T.O. aka "I'm Batman!"
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