I love me some Terrell Owens. Yes, the Sharpie-wielding, pill-popping, drama-creating superstar, that happens to also play football.
Don't get me wrong. I'm not a fan—at all.
But how can you not enjoy watching the train wreck? Every sideline camera shot, every press conference, every interview could be the time where Owens finally explodes. And I want to have a front row seat to see it.
Too bad it isn't going to happen. Not in Buffalo.
T.O. is finally home. Yes, I know he likes to be in the spotlight, with all eyes on him. Yes, I know Buffalo, New York is closer to Canada than New York City. But still, this is the perfect place for T.O.
Why? I'll give you three reasons.
-Lee Evans. He will be what Alvin Harper was to Michael Irvin. The 49er's John Taylor to Jerry Rice. Heat's Al Pacino to Robert DiNero. OK, that last one doesn't exactly fit, but I wanted to make sure to work them into this article. Lee Evans will stretch the field with his speed, allowing Terrell to get open underneath. Which should fit him and his 35 year old body perfectly.
-Marshawn Lynch. Nothing takes the pressure off of a passing game like a running back that wants the ball. With Marshawn receiving 20-25 carries a game, defenses won't be able to double team Evans or Owens all the time. If T.O. can keep his mouth shut about how many touches he gets a game, this will be a marriage made in heaven.
-Buffalo, NY. With a population of 292,648 people, most of those currently living in Florida until the summer, T.O. will be the biggest thing going. Which is exactly what he has been looking for his whole career.
When Owens was first drafted, he played in the shadow of the best receiver of all time, Jerry Rice. And although he did play a few seasons without Rice, he had already sabotaged the relationships with his quarterback and coach before moving on.
Next was Philadelphia, the city of T.O. love. What, that's not the actual motto? Tell that to Terrell. Even as a miraculous “quick healer” he couldn't quite win over a city that was in love with Donavan McNabb at the time.
And most recently, Dallas, TX. Playing for America's Team didn't quite go as expected. Even though he was in the headlines more times than Ferris Bueller's Day Off plays on TBS, it never satisfied the massive ego of the mega-star. He couldn't handle the popularity of Tony Romo, or the relationship with his All-Pro tight end.
So, after being released from the Cowboys without notice, T.O. found himself on the outside looking in. That is, until the Bills swooped in and plucked him up like a fat kid does cake.
I won't even begin to go into the reasons the Bills overpaid for an aging, disruptive, ego-centric star like Owens. Honestly, there are too many to count. But in doing so, the made a major step towards winning an AFC East title and possibly more.
Owens will be a perfect fit on the field, but that has happened before. What has never happened before in Terrell Owens career is an off-the-field chemistry with a team and a city, like what you're about to see.
In the words of the famous philosopher, T.O., “Get your popcorn ready, 'cause [he's] gonna put on a show”.