The last time I wrote about our friend Terrell Owens, he had just done the Dr. Phil Show and spent much of the time lamenting over his mounting financial obligations (primarily to the four mothers of his four children) and his dwindling resources. Since then, the 38 year old former wide receiver for the 49ers, Eagles, Cowboys, Bills, and Bengals has been cut from the Allen Wranglers, an Indoor Football League team he had partial ownership of in Allen, TX.
Team owners say Owens refused to travel to two games crucial to the team’s post season play and was a no show at an appearance at a local children’s hospital. “Our fans are amongst the best in the league and it is impossible to maintain a player when even our fans notice and comment on a player’s lack of effort both on and off the field. We need to do what is best for this team, our fans and this community,” said team co-owner Jon Frankel.
I’m sure playing in the IFL is a bitter pill to swallow for a former NFL star and current record holder. But even at his best, T.O. was never known as a team player. In fact, “I love me some me” was one of his signature catch phrases. But with four children, Owens is still part of a team, like it or not. This was an opportunity for him to support his family. His agent has hinted that Owens is still hoping for a return to the NFL, which was unlikely before he was cut from the Indoor Football League. And the longer this former star behaves like the diva he once was, the opportunities he finds for himself will be fewer and far between.
Is this rock bottom for T.O.? Not necessarily. Fame and fortune are fleeting things. Athletes, actors, even politicians have trouble with the glare of everyday life after their spotlight burns out. And it always does, it’s just a matter of time. Playing “poor me” has not done this man any favors. It’s time for some tough love.
You were a fantastic star in the NFL. You awed us with you athleticism, entertained us with your antics, and set records that have yet to be broken. But those days are over. It’s time to find out who you really are behind the flashbulbs and bright lights. You have two choices before you, live the life you wish you still had or live the life you do have.
There really is no choice in the matter, still we hope you choose wisely.