Terrell Owens Has Spoken: Did Anyone Listen?

James WilliamsonSenior Writer IFebruary 1, 2010

ORCHARD PARK, NY - JANUARY 03: Terrell Owens #81 of the Buffalo Bills runs off the field with a Bills flag after the Bills defeated the Indianapolis Colts at Ralph Wilson Stadium on January 3, 2010 in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo won 30-7. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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For the past decade, Terrell Owens has been one of the most efficient receivers in professional football. He's a big man with sprinter's speed, so he immediately is a figure to take notice of when he's lining up for his route.

However, along with his amazing stats, the public also receives his amazing mouth. T.O. is the definition of a chatterbox. His famous phrases include, "Getcha popcorn ready," and "I love me some me!"

It doesn't end there. Terrell Owens is also very confrontational, has an ego the size of a whale, and seems to think that no other receiver should catch the ball more than him.

He also is a fan of using the media to his advantage when he wants to express his opinions. From his subtle hints about Jeff Garcia's sexuality, to shedding tears while defending Tony Romo, to his constant criticism of Donovan McNabb, even while he is doing sit-ups.

He just likes to hear himself talk, and he is so confident in his abilities that he now wants to put himself with Jerry Rice, the most prolific receiver of all time.

How does he do that? By calling out his quarterbacks who he believes didn't throw to him enough.

"I know hands-down I'd be close to Jerry Rice's records if I had been with quality quarterbacks like he had," he said. "He had Joe Montana and he finished with Steve Young"

Actually, Rice caught his last touchdown with Matt Hasselbeck, but I can understand T.O.'s points.

However, I'm not here to justify his scrutiny of the quarterbacks he played with, but rather to ask everyone out here this one question:

When, and how, did you hear about this? Was it a major headline on multiple Web sites? I know it wasn't on Bleacher Report. Was it off ESPN as a side note that came after they talked about something that they thought was actually noteworthy?

Is Terrell Owens, the T.O., no longer being heard and thought of as relevant? Any journalist knows that T.O. talks trash and that kind of work sells.

Yet, I didn't see a major deal being made about it. My fellow writer friends and I discussed it, but it wasn't jaw dropping like T.O. usually is.

Has Owens finally been owned? Has he finally been in a situation where his mouth can do nothing? As hard as it is to believe it, it almost seems true.

He's a 36-year-old receiver who had a career low in yards, catches, and touchdowns for this decade.

He's in Buffalo. No offense to the people there, but he's no longer in a city that is a lighting rod like Dallas or San Francisco.

If he wants to get a thousand reporters with him, he makes them out of snow.

Why does he even talk? To build up his shot at the free agency since his deal with Buffalo has expired?

Sorry Terrell, it won't work.

Who here cares anymore about Owens? Who here even pays attention anymore to him? Please, I want to see if my hypothesis is correct. I just live in Texas; I want people from New York to Honolulu telling me if T.O. has virtually disappeared in their football world.

I think we are going to lose T.O. very soon because the press has lost interest in him. Can T.O. survive?

I'll leave that to you.

Comments are welcome. Insults are not.