On a Sunday night in Buffalo, you'd expect the airport to be a bit quiet.
That wasn't the case last night, when once wearer of the star and still super star Terrell Owens made his appearance in Buffalo for OTA's. Late last night at Buffalo Niagara International Airport, T.O. was greeted by hundreds of chanting fans, all wanting to catch a glimpse of the new 81 in town.
"It was a dream come true," Owens told the media. Camera crews in tow, Buffalo's blockbuster signing was greeted by fans and Buffalo Jills alike, who held up a "Welcome to Buffalo T.O." sign for all to see.
The camera crew for his reality TV show that will appear on VH1 will be taping later on in the day. What was supposed to be insight in to his goings-on with the Cowboys for the show took a quick change of pace when the receiver was viewed expendable in Dallas. two days after his release he signed a one year, $6.5 Million contract with the Buffalo Bills.
When Terrell came to "North America's Team" from America's Team, he brought the much overlooked Buffalo sports scene in to the limelight once again. Does he come as a savior or a sinful mistake?
A very non-Ralph Wilson Jr. like move, he brought in the receiver as a need to pull double teams off of Lee Evans, but many questioned the signing. With his track record of being a locker room cancer and vocal, :all about me" player, is he a good fit for the Bills and, quite frankly, some of the most vicious fans in the NFL?
Only time will tell, but things seem to be on the upside in PR terms for the 14 year veteran, who participated in non-voluntary team workouts for the first time in that span.
With the fans packing the airport, T.O. was excited. "It was priceless. I really didn't expect it. It was the biggest welcome I ever had. Going down the escalator seeing that big crowd of people, it really got me pumped for this year."
The Buffalo community seemingly enjoys it, and may prove the infatuation even more so Monday afternoon when Terrell will be handed the key to the city. Although it may be a publicity stunt for his new television show, it's quite a privilege to get off of a plane, do nothing for a new team, and receive such an honor, but maybe T.O. is what the downtrodden city needs.
I promised I wouldn't end the article with the popcorn cliche, but in a city that has so little to look forward to, don't they deserve to get their popcorn ready?