Have We Seen the Last of T.O.?
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported yesterday that the 6-time Pro Bowler underwent off-season surgery to repair a torn ACL. Some reports have said T.O. sustained the injury while performing a personal workout, while others are reporting he sustained it while taping a show for VH1. The 37-year old wide-receiver formerly of the Cincinnati Bengals will be out for at least 6 months, putting the free agent’s career in serious jeopardy.
T.O. has played in the NFL for 16 seasons, breaking into the league in 1996 with the San Francisco 49ers. The 3rd round selection out of Tennessee-Chattanooga played his first 8 seasons in San Francisco before being traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in 2004. Owens was a character to say the least. He was constantly getting into arguments and disagreements with teammates, coaches, and front office personnel. He spent 2 seasons with the Eagles before being released mainly because of his constant issues with the team. In 2006, T.O. signed with the Dallas Cowboys. He would play 3 seasons there before being released in 2009, again because of the trouble he so often stirred up. The Buffalo Bills quickly jumped on Owens in free agency and signed him to a 1-year deal. Owens was very productive in Buffalo and surprising kept his mouth shut for the entire season. The next season, the Cincinnati Bengals signed T.O. to team him up with his friend and also charismatic receiver Chad Ochocinco. Owens had a spectacular season with the Bengals, leading the team in yards, receptions, and touchdowns.
T.O. has had a Hall of Fame career. He ranks among the greatest receivers to ever play in the NFL in several categories. He’s tied for second all-time in receiving touchdowns and is also second all-time in receiving yards, trailing only the great Jerry Rice in both categories. Owens also ranks fifth all-time in receptions. There’s no doubting the on the field play of Terrell Owens, but if the 2010 season was his last, how will he be remembered? For his spectacular play on the field or for his arrogant, egotistic personality off the field? I guess we’ll soon find out.