NFL Debate: Should Terrell Owens Be Considered One of the Best of All Time?
What with Terrell Owens being recently cut from the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League (he's not even good enough anymore to play for a minor league team!) as well as recent revelations of possible pending jail time (via SI) due to issues involving child support, it's fair to say that T.O.'s time as an NFL wide receiver has come to an end.
So, with that being said, does T.O. deserve to be called one of the greatest of all time?
On the field, the numbers speak for themselves: fourth all-time in total touchdowns, sixth all-time in receptions, second all-time in receiving yards, six Pro Bowls, five-time All-Pro.
Those are some mighty impressive statistics for the former third-round pick out of Tennessee-Chattanooga.
But so many T.O. stories seem to revolve around his off-the-field antics: press conferences in his driveway, selling out teammates, wearing out his welcome, getting into trouble with his celebrations...the list goes on.
He was one of the most dominant wide receivers of his era, but he played for five different teams in his career (six if you count the Wranglers). Of the players in the top 10 all-time for receptions, only fellow headcase Randy Moss and Owens played for more than three teams.
In addition, and this is most troubling, T.O.'s teams never really won anything; his only Super Bowl appearance came with Philadelphia in 2004, and even that team won its playoff games without him.
Terrell Owens will be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame at some point soon (possibly in his first year of eligibility)—no doubt. But will his on-the-field accomplishments be able to overshadow the off-the-field headaches he caused, and will he be remembered as one of the all-time greats or as a supremely talented malcontent?
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