NFL 2011: Hate the Heat? Imagine a Brett Favre-Terrell Owens-Randy Moss Alliance
He is arrogant! He is a prima donna! He only cares about himself! He is a terrible teammate! He's washed up! He needs to retire! I wouldn't want him on my team!
No, I'm not talking about the stars of the Miami Heat.
All of us have heard at least one of the previous lines, maybe all of them, about Brett Favre, Terrell Owens, and Randy Moss. While one could make the point that those sayings are true, there is no denying that all three of them are Hall of Fame-bound.
Is that what makes these three men so easy to hate? Do people really hate them because they are bad people? Or is it because with all the annoyance they have caused, they will still go down as being some of the greatest players the game has ever seen?
Let's dig deeper into this:
Brett Favre has "retired" again, but come on. We all know what is going to happen.
Last season was nothing short of a train-wreck for Brett with the Minnesota Vikings. He threw a ton of interceptions, he kept getting hurt, his team fell apart (not necessarily his fault), and news broke out of him sending inappropriate pictures to a certain someone.
There is no denying that Favre does not want to go out like that.
Like anyone, he wants to go out with his head high. He still has something left in the tank, and what better way to prove it than to give it one more go?
Terrell Owens had a very good year in 2010 with the Cincinnati Bengals, statistically, until he got hurt. Although he will always be known as "the guy who throws his quarterback under the bus," he is one of the greatest wide receivers to ever play the game and he likes to prove it.
Terrell still has not learned he should not throw his quarterback under the bus; he continued to do it last year. The Bengals finished 4-12 last season. The odds of them bringing back a 37-year-old headcase who just got ACL surgery are not good.
In fact, the odds of anyone signing a 37-year-old headcase who just got ACL surgery are not good.
But let's not forget, this is the guy who likes to say "I told you so," and it is also the same guy who once healed from a broken leg in less than five weeks.
Would You Like to See a Favre-Moss-Owens Alliance?
He chooses when he wants to run, he does not block, and he will not try unless the play is going to him (even that is questionable).
Moss will probably not get the money he wants next season, but he still has a better shot of landing on a team than Favre or Owens do.
Will he be motivated? It depends on where he ends up. Although he is lazy, he is unstoppable when motivated. He can be literally uncoverable.
What better way to be motivated than to team up with two other unwanted and hated superstars?
What if Brett Favre, Terrell Owens and Randy Moss joined forces to form the most hated team in all of sports?
It would be the biggest thing to happen in NFL history. Three future Hall of Famers, who are disliked by the majority, team up together to give it one last shot before they hang 'em up. While so many would hate them, every sports fan would be watching and hoping for them to succeed or fail.
Let's face it, they may be old, but together they would form a dominant trio. And what could
follow would be even more dangerous.
In any sport, when a team has a lot of superstars or looks like they are going to win, other players want to play with them. Imagine how many players, defensively and offensively, would want to play alongside three future Hall of Famers in their last shot at glory.
While this is completely hypothetical, there are a few teams where this formation could occur. One team that could explore this option is the Carolina Panthers.
The Panthers had the worst record in football last year. They just drafted Cam Newton to be their future quarterback and leader. Brett Favre has reportedly already worked with Cam Newton and is is mentoring him.
What better way for Cam to learn than to sit behind Brett and watch him play for a season?
Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith appears to be done in Carolina. That leaves them with just about no one special at the position. This makes two open starting spots at wide receiver.
In comes Moss and Owens.
The Cleveland Browns are another team who could look into this idea. Colt McCoy played well as a rookie last year, but still has some kinks to work out. Just like Cam Newton, McCoy could benefit greatly from sitting and watching Favre for a year.
While the Browns' wide receiver situation is slightly better than Carolina's, they do not have anyone worth starting over Moss or Owens. The Browns could bring in the controversial wide receivers and have Josh Cribbs play the slot. With Peyton Hillis at running back, this sounds like an unstoppable offense.
Is it really possible?
Sure.Why not? Anything is possible.
All it would take is a little money and a little faith by a team.
While not everyone would like this alliance, no one can deny that they would love to see it.
While it is unlikely to actually happen, a Favre-Owens-Moss alliance would be dominant and fun to watch. They would be fun to root for, fun to root against, and it would be fun to see three future Hall of Famers on their last legs give it one more shot.
Even if you are not a fan of them, any football fan could appreciate that.
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