At 37 years old and a list of complaints that is longer than the Constitution itself, “Bad Boy” Terrell Owens is still looking for both a partner to work with and a team to play for. Not even the Bad Boys movie stars Will Smith or Martin Lawrence would offer T.O. to be their partner, and at this point, it’s looking really slim that he will get another chance to play in the NFL.
T.O. would be a bad fit for many teams, but particularly with the Atlanta Falcons, if he ever had any interest in playing for them in the first place.
Let’s be honest, T.O., in my opinion, is one of the best receivers of his generation and even way past his prime; he can still outplay half the players at his position respectively. So if teams were looking at talent alone, T.O. would have found a team right away. The last team that T.O. played for was the Cincinnati Bengals where he proved that he could still play. He ended up catching 72 passes for 983 yards with nine touchdowns.
One of the greatest attributes that T.O. does possess besides his skill is backing up his words, and his talent speaks for itself.
With that being said, however, one thing that has always driven a wedge between T.O. and players in general is his “Me” factor. During his time in San Francisco 49ers, Cincinnati Bengals, Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills and Dallas Cowboys, his desire to have the ball in his hands at all times was more poisonous than a black widow’s venomous bite. This is the biggest reason why T.O. could never play for the Falcons, let alone co-exist with one of the best teams in the NFL.
While the Falcons already possess one of the best receiving tandems in All-Stars Julio Jones and Roddy White, along with future Hall of Famer tight end Tony Gonzalez, there would be no room for Matt Ryan to even come close in satisfying T.O.’s appetite in terms of passes thrown his way.
Although the possibilities that the Falcons could envision “if” they had T.O. would arguably make their receiving core almost unstoppable, the risk outweighs the rewards in a heartbeat.
Another reason that T.O. could never play for the Falcons is the simple fact that he doesn’t make anyone around him a better player. Even his quarterbacks were tired of looking to pass in T.O.’s direction because they would get their heads chopped off at the end of the game for that one time they didn’t look his way.
With a young rising star in Jones, the last thing the Falcons want is another nightmare sequel where they lose another star player to prison.
T.O.’s mere presence in the locker room could also create uneasy tension and disrupt chemistries. For a team that is on a mission, having a player like him could ruin five years of hard work in a single minute.
In the end, the reality is, even if T.O. is a different person and promises to be a model citizen on the field, the risk is too great that no matter how amazing the reward is, it’s just not worth it.
It is truly sad to see a player such as T.O. who had all the talent in the world and could have been one of the best receivers of all time. Instead, it is his personality and character that limits him to become what he desires so much.
This is why T.O. and the Falcons would be a terrible fit, and the reason why he could never be a Dirty Bird.