How you pronounce Terrell Owens’ name means absolutely nothing. How you perceive him as a good person or pure evil means absolutely nothing. On the football field, the only things that matter are numbers and a player’s work ethic.
If you put in the work to become elite or at least majorly productive at your position—your teammates, the ones more numb to scrutiny and locker room banter, will stand beside you and defend you in the trenches. Some of them will even care enough to pull your collar and let you know you need to settle down.
The crowds will always scream your name, and if you matter to a franchise, you will always be relevant.
Terrell Owens may not be the kindest man that one has ever seen play in the NFL and he has the tendency to rub people the wrong way. But if you evaluate his physique and his ability as a true receiver and the drive he injects into his craft, as general managers and scouts do, anyone can see that his days in the NFL may be numbered—but they are not over.
Even though he was coupled at WR with an at times selfish Chad Johnson, Owens still caught the ball for almost 1,000 yards and did not fumble once.
Over the last three seasons, Owens has had only 29 drops (12.50% of catchable balls), averaging almost 10 a season. While that may seem like a high number, some of the men ranked within one percent of Owens’ drop percentage according to ProFootballFocus.com, are Marques Colston (12.00%), DeSean Jackson (12.21%) and Randy Moss (12.32%).
Two of the men previously mentioned are a couple of the most coveted and well-stationed wide receivers in the league and well within Owens’ company. Is he a handful? Yes.
But, the question of whether or not he still will be that guy we all saw before presents enough reasonable doubt for any franchise, with the exception of the Oakland Raiders, to take a chance on him. Carson Palmer would not only have to redeem himself after throwing three picks against the Kansas City Chiefs, but he would also have to relive his worst career moments from last season.