Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is known for taking risks. Risks that include building a new billion-dollar football stadium with his own money, and signing former inmate/defensive lineman Tank Johnson.
Of course, the most recent of his risks was trading for the trouble-making cornerback, Pacman Jones, whom up until this past Tuesday was not even allowed to be around his new teammates.
Now, Jones has decided to take a risk on one of his first risks from not too long ago. He has given his 34-year old wide receiver, Terrell Owens, better known as T.O., a four-year, $27 million contract extension.
During Owens's two-year stint with the Cowboys, he has caught 166 passes, including 28 touchdowns. His name has been mentioned in every football conversation, both during his time in Dallas and the NFL, with the exception of Bill Parcells who referred to him as, "that player."
Over T.O.'s career, he has made the highlight reel for his speed, touchdown catches, driveway workouts, and postgame tears. Regardless of the situation, T.O. has made it more about T.O. than football.
T.O. has been explosive with his actions, both on and off the field. It seemed to begin when he caught that last-second touchdown pass from Hall of Famer Steve Young, allowing the 49ers to beat the Green Bay Packers in the 1998 NFC Wild Card Game. As he came off the field and into the locker room, he wept and even made a speech to his teammates.
After spending five more seasons in San Francisco, in which he caught 55 touchdown passes, T.O. felt it was time for T.O. to take his show elsewhere. However, he didn't want to go to Baltimore, because they didn't seem like winners, even though they had won the Super Bowl in 2000. T.O. wanted to flap another type of wings in Philadelphia.
T.O. was welcomed to the Eagles with open arms, especially by quarterback Donovan McNabb, who had been the loser of three straight NFC Championship games. After a successful 2004 season in Philly and a NFC East title, T.O. was sidelined during the playoffs with the most-watched ankle injury in all of Pennsylvania sports.
He did show a great deal of courage when he returned for the Super Bowl, and even though the Eagles lost to the Patriots, T.O. was pronounced a hero, and it looked like the 2005 season would see the Eagles being led to the Super Bowl by both McNabb and T.O. Then T.O. felt that T.O. needed more for T.O. to be happy.
T.O. began not caring about the Eagles, and in the end, was dismissed from the team following a pathetic excuse of an apology in the same driveway he had performed his, "Body by T.O." routine. The Eagles released T.O., and the show was hitting the road again.
T.O. landed in Dallas. That is where he is, and that is where he will remain for at least four more years, hopefully.
T.O. has shown that he can be about the team and not about T.O. all the time. T.O. has also eased up on his antics and has returned to being that ultimate wide receiver who can beat any cornerback or safety.
There have been moments of immaturity, like when T.O. said that his former 49ers teammate Jeff Garcia was a homosexual, or when he cried while defending Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo during a postgame interview following a crushing playoff loss to the rival New York Giants.
Whether you love him or hate him, T.O. is good for the NFL, and for at least four more years, he will be around. All that's left to say is...get your popcorn ready.