Terrell Owens Claims He was Always a Good Teammate – a Fan’s Take

Former Dallas Cowboys' wide receiver Terrell Owens prepares to start play for his new team, the Indoor Football League team the Allen Wranglers. However, Owens still wants to come back to the NFL, so he'll talk to just about anyone he can to get the word out that he is available.

In a recent interview with the Dallas Morning News, Owens said that he was not a bad teammate nor was he a distraction anywhere that he played. As a fan of the Cowboys, I loved having him on the team but his comments are either an outright lie in hopes that teams will forgive and forget or it is a case of Owens not understanding how distracting he really was.

When Owens played for the San Francisco 49ers, he was supposed to be the second coming of Jerry Rice. The problem is that Rice was humble and that makes his ascension to the status of best receiver of all-time honorable, even for those fans who hated the 49ers in general. There was nothing to hate about Jerry Rice.

When Owens stopped being the center of attention in San Francisco he tried to create controversy and insinuated that his quarterback, Jeff Garcia, was a homosexual. Even if that were true, it is not something you out a teammate for, rather it is something a teammate reveals on their own. The 49ers dumped Owens, who was becoming a cancer in the lockerroom.

Owens calls remarks like that to be hearsay.

Owens played for the Philadelphia Eagles and was one of the gutsiest players on the team, returning early from an injury to help them try to win the Super Bowl. He played his heart out, even in the loss to the New England Patriots, and that should have been enough. But Owens turned on Donovan McNabb, the man who lobbied to bring him to the Eagles, and their feud led to Owens leaving the team.

It is nice that the best years of Owens' career, when it comes to playing nice, was in Dallas. In his three years in Big D, he eclipsed 1,000 yards and ten touchdowns every year. But then Dallas waived him, partially because he was becoming a distraction, begging for the ball more and complaining about Tony Romo's relationship with Jason Witten.

Owens calls remarks like that to be hearsay.

Owens played for two more seasons, with the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals. He was the best receiver for both teams but never broke 1,000 yards or scored more than nine touchdowns in a season. Neither team cared to keep him.

Now, he wants to come back. He promises he is still a playmaker. He also claims he was never a distraction for any team he played for. He might still be in great shape but I don't think his ego is worth the trouble.

Author Shawn S. Lealos has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma (2000) and has been a Dallas Cowboys' fan since he was a child. His favorite players range from Roger Staubach and Tony Dorsett to the Triplets of the 90s and he enjoys talking about all Cowboys' related news, good or bad

Source: Dallas Morning News