Terrell Owens: 5 Reasons the Controversial Wide Receiver Must Retire

Michael KimbleContributor IIIJune 28, 2011

Terrell Owens: 5 Reasons the Controversial Wide Receiver Must Retire

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    Terrell Owens has been a controversial NFL player for 15 years. He has played on five different teams due to his difficult personality and on- and off-the-field antics.

    Earlier this week, news that Owens was receiving surgery for a torn ACL was released.

    The seriousness of the injury, and the difficulty of recovering, have led many to speculate whether or not Owens will finally hang up his cleats.

    In the coming slides, I will explain why it is finally time for Owens to retire—torn ACL or not.

1. The Seriousness of a Torn ACL Plus the Difficulty to Recover

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    Let's get the obvious out of the way: A torn ACL is a very serious injury to an athlete, and it takes a long time to recover from it. In fact, Chris Mortensen of ESPN stated it could take six months for Owens to recover after surgery, meaning he would miss most of the 2011 season.

    Would it be worth it for Owens to keep playing for just a couple of games this season and possibly the 2012 season, when he would be 38 years old?

2. His Age

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    In December (which would be around the time Owens would return if he comes back next season,) Owens will turn 38. That is old for any NFL player. Add that to the fact that he will be recovering from a serious surgery, and there is a very small chance he will be a significant factor on the football field.

    Owens has certainly shown he can still play up to this point, but a torn ACL at this point in his career should indicate that it's time for him to hang it up.

3. No Team Wants Him

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    In 2009, Owens had such a difficult time finding an NFL team to take him he ended up signing with Buffalo—the only team that was interested in signing him.

    Over the years, Owens has destroyed the relations of his teammates and coaches by running his mouth to the press, insulting and criticizing the players who throw the ball to him.

    Owens has already been driven out of San Francisco, Philadelphia and Dallas. Does any team really want to take a chance on a 38-year-old player with a torn ACL who has been known to cause problems in the locker room?

4. He's No Longer in His Prime

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    For the past two years, Owens has definitely played at a higher level than most players his age.

    At 37, however, Owens is certainly on the down side of his career—even without the torn ACL. He certainly isn't able to do quite what he did in San Francisco, Philadelphia and Dallas.

    Although the lack of success of his recent teams can't be contributed to him, he certainly isn't the game-changer he used to be.

5. He Won't Be Back in Cincinnati

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    If Owens had another year left in Cincinnati and wanted to return for the end of the 2011 season, a possible end-of-the-year comeback would be plausible.

    As it has already been said Owens will not be back with the Bengals next year, the odds he will be back next season are even more remote, since he would have to find a different team to take a chance on him.