Terrell Owens Says He Misses Philadelphia Eagles and Fans

Bob Cunningham@BCunningham215Senior Analyst IJune 21, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 23:  Terrell Owens #81 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates after he caught a touchdown pass against the San Diego Chargers on October 23, 2005 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Apparently his time with Dallas has not soured him to the Philadelphia Eagles team, or the team's fans.

Owens was asked about Philly during an interview with ESPN 950's Mike Missanelli.

"I do miss you guys (referring to the city of Philadelphia)," Owens said during his talk with Missanelli.

"I had a year and a half of my best career there in Philly. It was short-lived but I did enjoy the fans there. They were fanatics. I know when I came to that stadium and I drove up to that stadium, they got me psyched, they got me ready to play ball. I'm very fortunate to have played for that organization."

Like most of the malcontents who leave Philly, Owens said that it was not the guys in the locker room, or even coach Andy Reid who caused him to act out, but the front office and the way they do business.

After his awe-inspiring performance in the Super Bowl, Owens requested his seven-year, $49 million deal be re-done to include more guaranteed money, to which the Eagles obviously gave a resounding, "never gonna happen."

Owens, feeling spited, turned on the team and the city.

Missanelli asked Owens if he would still be an Eagle had they re-worked his deal.

"Of course," Owens answered. "I work hard for what I do. I put in a lot of hard work into my body to keep my body the way it is during the season, during the offseason. I feel like I jeopardized my career given the injury that I sustained, people just don't know. Had I injured myself any further...I went against the doctors' orders."

"I wouldn't say they owed it to me," he continued. "But I thought out of respect and for what I brought to the team and what I did, it would have been considered."

T.O., in typical T.O. fashion, said he wouldn't have changed a thing if he could do it all again. However after some pressing from Missanelli, T.O. seemed to come around a little to the idea.

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"Looking back on it, there is a few things that I would have done differently, maybe interviews or what not," he said. "But the things that came from those interviews, trust me, and I have said it time and time again, people overreacted to what was being said, what was being reported.

"Again, not to harp on football too much, and go back to that and relive that, if people were to read the transcript of what happened and what I said, it would be clear to them."

T.O. was asked if he made Donovan McNabb better because he was there.

"We both made each other better."

Missanelli then asked Owens the same question on every Eagles fan's mind after his release from Dallas. Did he ever consider coming back to Philly?

"Honestly when everything happened, it happened so fast," he said. "I didn't really have enough time to ponder that situation. It was a matter of 24 to 48 hours before things got to where I am now. We obviously talked about team possibilities, options, what have you.

"I think things ended so badly with myself and management, I never even thought they would even consider it, even though since then Donovan and I, we've talked, we've hung out and things are very amicable with us right now."

Sounds like T.O. may have just a bit of regret for the way things when down in Philly. He probably realizes the Eagles gave him his only legitimate chance of winning a Super Bowl, and he may not ever get that back.

Owens only has a one-year deal with the Bills, perhaps a reunion could happen in 2010.

Quotes from Philly.com were used in this report.

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