Way to Be a Good Sport

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Way to Be a Good Sport
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Terrell Owens has blessed the football world with his skills, his antics, and his mouth. If anyone questions his abilities, they might want to take a look at his 1,000 career receptions, nearly 15,000 yards receiving or you could take a long look at his 144 touchdowns.

But none of that is what currently has the man that gave us the phrase "They still love to hate me," out of a job.

The baggage that has always come along with Terrell Owens is his mouth, not that he doesn't work, because he is one of the hardest workers in the game and anyone who watched his show or saw HBO's Hard Knocks would have seen that, but 81's overzealousness is what has him filing for unemployment.

Who in their right mind would've ever guessed that Jake Delhomme would get a job faster than the future hall of famer? But for all those Panthers fans out there, know that Delhomme is probably the most humble and respectful guy in all of football and that makes people willing to work with him.

Let's be honest. There would be no Tony Romo without Terrell Owens, because while Jason Witten could make the Golden Girls look like Johnny Unitas, he doesn't exactly light up the scoreboard the way T.O. does burning corner backs then filling up on some popcorn in the end zone.

I don't like to entertain the way people trash talk T.O. because they used to beat up on Jerry Rice when he was in San Fran. Remember Jerry was called selfish, a ball hog, wanted every pass thrown to him, and he was always yelling at his teammates? Then there was Cris Carter and everyone hated Cris.

This was the guy criticized for demanding nothing short of perfection and the absolute best of his teammates, and was hounded by one announcer because he only caught touchdowns and first downs.

If you take a look at the top four receivers of all time, based solely off of numbers, they go Jerry Rice, Terrell Owens, Randy Moss, and Cris Carter. All great and all hated, maybe it's not the athletes and maybe it's the media and how they perceive these receivers to be. I've seen Kurt Warner, Peyton Manning, and Tom Brady not just yell at their teammates, but go completely crazy on their coaches as well, and those guys are seen as competitors, where as the top four WR's of all time are seen as boisterous and disrespectful.

Facts are facts though, and this article isn't about how the media wrongfully makes a guy out to be because at the end of the day, Larry Fitzgerald is quiet and so is Wes Welker, and due to their silence, no one can even say they are in the least bit narcissistic.

Point of this whole thing is that T.O. could've taken a huge piece of advice and learned from Bill Parcels when he tried to teach him: that we are all human and we all make mistakes and it's always easier to cover up those mistakes by being as humble as possible and showing people nothing more than the utmost respect.

It's a life lesson to all. Jake Delhomme is absolutely terrible, but I am happy to see him receive another chance to revive what was lost in Carolina: his career.

This may be the end of the line for Mr. Owens, but let's remember him as a guy who wanted nothing more but to fill that void on his ring finger. We all wish we could say we were Super Bowl winners and he just got caught up in it all and forgot that even the man that "Loved me some Me" needs a few teammates to help him get to that paramount platform and becoming a champion. Something that Cris Carter and Randy Moss have never done.

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