Friday, October 28, 2005

T.O. No Team Player

Once again Terrell Owens has exposed himself to be as phony as a $3 bill. Owens appears to be only out for himself and his recent comments on ESPN again show that he refuses to put the team first.
“They are not getting the ball in our hands enough,” he said on ESPN about himself and Brian Westbrook. Owens, for all his toughness as a player, is apparently afraid of the Philadelphia media, so he picks and chooses his soundbites with mostly national networks and one radio show in Miami.
Whether he talks to the local media or not, isn’t the issue. Owens goes quiet for a few weeks and then when the lack of attention appears to bother him, he comes out with a me-first statement like the one he made to ESPN.
First of all, he is tied for the NFL lead with 44 receptions, so the Eagles have found him on an average of 7.3 times per game. If one multiplies that by 16 games, Owens would have 117 receptions for the season, which is more than a heavy load, even for somebody who craves the limelight like Owens.
If he had a problem with his so-called lack of opportunities, then he should have told coach Andy Reid. That’s assuming he talks with his coach.
Don’t think that Owens didn’t realize the entire nation would hear his gripe by talking to ESPN.
Owens already has the statistics that should earn him entrance into Canton and the Pro Football Hall of Fame on the first ballot. He has 713 receptions for 10,381 yards and most importantly, 100 touchdowns.
He knows how to find the end zone as easily as he knows how to find controversy.
There is nothing wrong with a receiver wanting the ball more. That is what makes him such a great receiver. Yet spreading the dirty laundry to a selected media member is the way a true team player goes about his business.
Owens’ creative end zone celebrations are again, all bout bringing more national attention to himself. He gives the impression that being the main man on highlight reels is among his main goals.
If Owens just continues to play the way he has in his nearly year-and-a-half with the Eagles, he will get his deserved attention. Apparently that isn’t enough.
Donovan McNabb never talks about his statistics. With McNabb, it’s all about winning. Owens may be jealous that McNabb is perceived as the true hero of the franchise, but T.O. should take a long look in the mirror.
Everything McNabb says and does is geared toward making the Eagles a better team. He could have made the earlier incidents with T.O. ugly, but McNabb took the high road, because it was better for the team.
The fans aren’t stupid and can see that McNabb would do anything to win. Owens obviously has a will to win, but his penchant for self-promotion often gets in the way. Whether it’s fair or not, Owens has a reputation for putting himself, first, second and third, before the team.
And with his recent comments, it’s a reputation that won’t die easily.