It seems clichéd to interview Terrell Owens considering all the attention he already receives. If given the chance to interview anyone on the Buffalo Bills right now though, a reporter would have to be out of his or her mind not to pick Owens. The man will answer virtually any question without the standard, guarded response most athletes choose—making T.O. one of the most fascinating subjects in football history.
Reporters often choose to veil their questions in ambiguity rather than get at the heart of the matter. In doing so, they miss the unique opportunity an interview with Owens presents. This interview would be a no holds barred affair that would attempt to pick Owens’ brain on his past transgressions and how he really thinks he will fit in with the small town style of the Buffalo Bills.
Most importantly, some consider Owens a last ditch effort by the team to stay in Buffalo. The Bills haven’t seen the spotlight since their Super Bowl days. In speaking with Owens about the team, the city, and his future, this interview will also provide some insight as to whether the buffalo will continue to graze here in the U.S. or roam across the border to Toronto.
1. Talk about how the city of Buffalo and the Bills’ fans have reacted to your arrival so far.
Follow-up #1: Buffalo’s a much smaller market than you are accustomed to. What’s the transition been like? Do you prefer the smaller, more rural atmosphere or do you miss the big city?
Follow-up #2: You’re starring in a reality show for VH1. Do you think that could be a distraction for the team, especially one not used to the Hollywood lights?
2. What do you think Terrell Owens brings to the Buffalo Bills? How do you help improve the team?
Follow-up: Buffalo had a number one receiver before you arrived. Lee Evans has proved he’s one of the elite wide receivers in the league and is paid as such. How have you and Lee gotten along so far? What do you envision your working relationship on the field being like?
3. Your problems with other teams often began when those clubs stopped winning. Buffalo has not been to the playoffs since 1999 season and posted a 7-9 record the past three seasons. If that does not change, what happens? How do you react?
4. You have had very public fall outs with virtually ever quarterback to pass a ball to you in the NFL. Why? What was it about them that caused you to butt heads?
Follow-up: What makes Trent Edwards different?
5. You are arguably still the best receiver in the NFL and one of the best of all time. Recently though, dropped passes have become a problem. Why do you think you have lost your ability to hold onto the ball, especially at crucial moments?
Follow-up: What have you done to fix the problem?
6. You only signed on for a one-year contract. Why?
Follow-up #1: Would you be willing to end your career in Buffalo?
Follow-up #2: What do you think about the rumors of Buffalo’s move to Toronto? Do you think you were brought here to help drum up interest in the team and keep it in Buffalo? If so, do you think you can single-handedly keep the team here?