Terrell Owens, otherwise known as T.O., or as he could be called, "Terry the Terrible," was in the news two days ago. He said that he'll retire if he's not signed by a team this season. According to the National Football Post, T.O. told CBS Sports, "If I don't play this year, I'm retiring."
Now I've got something to say to 32 head coaches in the NFL..."Call his bluff!" Terrell Owens is a bomb waiting to go off. Sure, he's good on the field, but he's a menace in the locker room. The talent isn't worth the trouble he'll cause his teammates.
In 2004, the Baltimore Ravens were ready to sign him; however, he voiced his disapproval, told the NFL that the 49ers traded him while he was still under contract, and voiced his desire to play for the Philadelphia Eagles. Thankfully, he got his wish. Thankfully, Ray Lewis and Brian Billick didn't have to put up with T.O.'s tantrums.
If nobody signs him this season, what's T.O. going to do? Some people might say he'll be hired by ESPN to be an analyst. I don't think so. Those people I mentioned would say, "Well, Ray Lewis is working for ESPN. Both he and T.O. were good players." I say that Owens' reputation off the field is going to hinder his prospects at getting a job at ESPN. To this, many people (lots of them Steelers fans) will say, "Ray Lewis is a murderer. Ray Lewis is a thug. Ray Lewis should be in jail." Ray Lewis respects his teammates, his coaches, and his fans; consequently, he has the respect of his teammates, coaches, and fans. T.O. doesn't have that, and it's his own fault. I remember reading about a football camp that T.O. ran while he was with the Eagles. He arrived several hours late. There was no apology. There was no explanation. All he did was pick up a ball, throw it, and ask the kids if they thought Donovan McNabb could throw it any better. That kind of attitude is why he won't be getting a job at ESPN and it's also why no team is going to sign him.