Terrell Owens; Superman or Looneyman?

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You’ve got to hand it to ole Terrell.He’s had a heck of a ride during his NFL career.Haven’t checked but he has to rank up pretty high among the top guys of all time:

Year Team G GS Rec Yards AVG LG TD
1996 SF 16 10 35 520 14.9 46t 4
1997 SF 16 15 60 936 15.6 56t 8
1998 SF 16 10 67 1,097 16.4 79t 14
1999 SF 14 14 60 754 12.6 36 4
2000 SF 14 13 97 1,451 15.0 69t 13
2001 SF 16 16 93 1,412 15.4 60t 16
2002 SF 14 14 100 1,300 13.0 76t 13
2003 SF 15 15 80 1,102 13.8 75t 9
2004 PHI 14 14 77 1,200 15.6 59t 14
2005 PHI 7 7 47 763 16.2 91t 6
2006 DAL 16 15 85 1,180 13.9 56t 13
2007 DAL 15 15 81 1,355 16.7 52t 15
2008 DAL 12 12 52 816 15.7 75t 8
Tot. N/A 185 170 934 13,886 14.9 91t 137

NFL records and career notables

  • Has 139 total touchdowns (137 receiving), 13,401 receiving yards, 901 receptions, and 183 rushing yards
  • Averaged one touchdown per game in 2001, 2004, and 2007
  • Has had eight 1,000 yard seasons, including five consecutive (2000–2004)
  • Holds NFL record 20 receptions in a single game against the Bears
  • Reached 100 catches in only 14 games in 2002
  • Led League in receiving touchdowns in 2001, 2002, and 2006
  • Second all-time in receiving touchdowns behind Jerry Rice

But wow. There’s more. Terrell is probably in the top 3 in NFL history for his utterly hilarious, creative TD celebrations: I guess  my top 3 are as follows: APTOPIX Packers Cowboys Football

1) Chronicled below, when he caught a TD for the 49ers while at Dallas and ran all the way to midfield and celebrated on the Cowboy star. This incident clearly illustrates that either TO has about the biggest cahonies around or the smallest brain. The really funny part is the next time he scores, he takes off again to celebrate on the star but out of nowhere comes Cowoy safety George Teague and KO’s TO and knocks him sprawling.Hilarious.

2) After scoring a TD, to grabs a box of popcorn and tosses all the contents into his helmet opening, like he’s eating it.

3) After another TD , he grabs some pom poms from a cheerleader and starts cheerleading. This and similar incidents convince me that having TO as a buddy would be a real hoot.

Celebrations for San Francisco

  • While playing the Atlanta Falcons on January 9, 1999, Owens caught a long touchdown pass and proceeded to mimic the “dirty bird“, the Falcons’ signature touchdown dance. However, Owens performed a slashing of the throat gesture at the end of the dance, which quickly silenced the crowd.
  • On September 24, 2000 in Dallas, Terrell Owens showed off his excitement after his two touchdown catches by running from the endzone to midfield and celebrating on the Dallas Cowboys‘ famous star logo. The second time Owens made a trip to the star, then Cowboys safety George Teague hit him during the celebration. Teague would be ejected for his actions, while Owens was suspended for a week by his head coach and was fined $24,000 which was equal to a week’s pay. The celebration and subsequent hit were named one of the ten most memorable moments in the history of Texas Stadium by ESPN in 2008.
  • During a Monday Night Football game against the Seattle Seahawks on October 14, 2002, Owens pulled a Sharpie marker out of his sock to sign the football he caught to score a touchdown, and then gave the ball to his financial adviser, who was in the stands. He was fined for this stunt.
  • On December 15, 2002, in a home game against the Green Bay Packers, Owens scored a touchdown and ran to a row of cheerleaders beyond the endzone. He reached out and asked to borrow two pompoms from a 49ers cheerleader, which he then playfully shook, doing his own brief spontaneous routine before dropping them to the ground.
  • On November 17, 2003, the 49ers hosted the Pittsburgh Steelers in a Monday night game, and Owens wore a wristband with the words “The Answer” emblazoned on it. Just over eight minutes into the game, he caught a 61-yard touchdown pass from Tim Rattay (who was starting at quarterback because Jeff Garcia was injured), and excitedly pointed to the wristband after reaching the end zone to draw attention to it. After the game (won by San Francisco 30-14), Owens was asked by a sideline reporter the significance of the slogan on the wristband, and he replied: “Because I am The Answer.” “The Answer” is the widely known nickname of NBA star guard Allen Iverson.

Celebrations for Philadelphia

  • The “Bird Dance”, “The Bird” or “Wing Flap” became T.O.’s trademark dance with the Eagles. During the 2004 season, the Birdheadz (The Original ‘Ol Head, Whey Cooler and DJ Holland) a local Philadelphia group came up with a song named “Flying with the Birdz, Do the Bird”. The Birdheadz first came up with it during the Eagles 2003 playoff run. T.O. did the “Bird Dance” frequently during the 2004 season after a big play or TD. After the Super Bowl in ’04, New England players did a version of the “Bird Dance” with their celebrations.
  • He imitated and mocked the trademark pre-game ritual dance of Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis after scoring a touchdown while playing against the Ravens in the 2004 season.
  • After catching a touchdown from Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb during a game in Cleveland, Owens ran through the end zone and tore down a hand-made sign which read, “T.O. has B.O.“.
  • After scoring his 100th career touchdown in Philadelphia, he pulled a towel from his waist, folded it over his arm, and then placed the football in the palm of his hand, holding it over his shoulder and pretending to serve it up to the opposing team like a waiter would present a meal.
  • After scoring a touchdown against the Chicago Bears in 2004, Owens celebrated by doing six sit-ups in the end zone, one for each touchdown he had scored at that point in the 2004 season.

Celebrations for Dallas

  • After catching a touchdown against the Washington Redskins on November 5, 2006, Owens pretended to take a nap, using the football as a pillow. The Cowboys were penalized 15 yards for “excessive celebration”. Days before the game, Owens was reported to have a habit of falling asleep during team meetings.
  • On the Thanksgiving Day game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on November 23, 2006, Owens, after catching a pass for a touchdown, dropped the ball in an oversized Salvation Army Red Kettle, donating the ball to the Salvation Army. (Since 1997, the Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day game halftime show has traditionally started the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Christmas Campaign.) About the touchdown celebration, Owens was quoted as saying, “That was my donation. I hope it’s worth as much as the fine.”
  • On December 16, 2006, Owens first introduced his trademark “T.O.” symbol with his arms after scoring his second touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons. It has since become a frequent celebration after Owens scores.
  • On September 16, 2007, Owens mocked Bill Belichick after catching a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins, by hiding behind a field goal post and holding the football to his face in a video camera fashion, as if secretly spying and filming the game. The Cowboys were penalized 15 yards for “excessive celebration”.  On September 19, 2007, the league fined Owens $7,500 for the celebration. According to Owens, he was only fined because he used the ball as a prop.
  • On November 4, 2007 against his former team, the Philadelphia Eagles, Owens flapped his wings, mimicking the dance he did while with the Eagles. This, coupled with Owens’ tumultuous stay with the Eagles and his current tenure with the Cowboys (an Eagles division rival), earned the boos of the crowd.  Prior to the game, Owens was quoted as saying, “There’s a lot of love in those boos.”
  • On November 29, 2007 against the Green Bay Packers Owens scores a touchdown and throws popcorn in his face.
  • On September 7, 2008, Owens celebrated his first touchdown of the 2008 NFL Season against the Cleveland Browns by preparing himself like an Olympic sprinter ready to explode out of the blocks. FOX Sports play by play man Joe Buck suggested the celebration may be homage to the Olympics and Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. The Cowboys were penalized 15 yards for “excessive celebration”.

Next, I have to talk about Terrell’s legendary fitness. He is a guy that is obsessed with nutrition and fitness. Being someone that isn’t far from that category, I’ve always respected what he has to say about it. He has a book that he has written that is full of good advice and tips as far as could tell while perusing it at the bookstore.to-body

But then, I round out this story with one last aspect of Terrell’s resume. And it’s this part that will ultimately keep T baby from being mentioned with the greatest of all time: Controversy.

Following a subpar team season in 2003, Owens decided to leave the 49ers. Immediately after breaking off all ties to the 49ers, Owens appeared in an interview for Playboy magazine, where he created controversy after insinuating that Garcia was homosexual.

Controversy with Eagles

During his weekly Philadelphia sports radio show on WIP (AM) prior to the game against the Dallas Cowboys, Owens stated if he could return to the 2004 off-season he would not have signed with the Eagles. After the Dallas game, in which the Eagles were badly beaten, Owens was seen by Philadelphia Daily News reporters wearing a Michael Irvin throwback football jersey on the way to the Eagles airplane flight. Irvin was a hall-of-fame wide receiver for the Cowboys during the ’90s when the Cowboys-Eagles rivalry was perhaps the most intense.

As a result, Owens’ appearance in the jersey was seen as provocative in the Philadelphia press and by many fans. According to sources and Andy Reid‘s post-game press conference, none of Owens’ teammates or coaches challenged him. The following Friday, on Owens’ radio show, he stated he did not care what the fans thought of him wearing the jersey and that he would wear what he chooses. It is well known that Owens and Irvin are good friends.

On November 3, 2005, Hugh Douglas, former Philadelphia Eagles Defensive End, acting as an ambassador for team management, started to have an argument with Owens in front of the team in the locker room before practice. Soon, this led to a short fight between the two.

That afternoon Owens made a number of controversial statements during an ESPN interview. In the interview, Owens voiced his frustrations of the Eagles not recognizing his 100th career TD. He referred to the Eagles as a classless organization for the way they behaved. The Eagles have since stated that the Club does not recognize individual achievements.

When asked whether or not he agreed with a comment made by ESPN analyst and good friend Michael Irvin, Owens agreed to the statement, saying that he thought the Eagles would be undefeated if Brett Favre were on the team instead of Donovan McNabb. Owens went on to expand on the point, calling Brett Favre a warrior. Many people took offense at this, since it appeared as though Owens was claiming that McNabb, who was playing with a sports hernia among other injuries, was not a warrior. This interview effectively ended Owens’ career in Philadelphia.

During his weekly news conference the following day, Eagles head coach Andy Reid said that Owens had been suspended for four games—starting with the 17-10 loss to the Washington Redskins on November 6—for conduct detrimental to the team. The four games represented the maximum amount of time that a player could be suspended without pay for such conduct under NFL rules. After Owens served his suspension, the Eagles deactivated him from their roster for the remainder of the season, so that they wouldn’t be forced to release him and let him sign on with another team.

On November 8, Terrell Owens and his agent Drew Rosenhaus held a news conference at Owens’ Moorestown, New Jersey residence. Terrell apologized to the team (including Donovan McNabb) and the fans. After Owens read his statement, Rosenhaus answered questions from reporters. However, Rosenhaus answered many questions, such as “What have you done for T.O. besides get him suspended?” with a “next question.” He blamed the media for Owens’ current employment status. In his autobiography, “T.O.”, Owens did state that most of the apology was forced upon him and not sincere.

On the grounds that deactivation cannot be used as a means of punishment, the NFLPA and Owens appealed the Eagles punishment to an arbitrator. On November 23, 2005, Terrell Owens’ season was effectively ended after arbitrator Richard Bloch ruled that the Eagles were justified in suspending him for four games and that they did not have to activate him after the suspension (the Eagles would deactivate him game by game, with pay, for the final five games of the season, but that so long as he was paid, he was not technically suspended). The NFLPA subsequently said they would make sure Bloch never arbitrated with them again.

Desperate Housewives skit

On November 15, 2004, Owens, wearing a Philadelphia Eagles uniform, appeared with popular TV actress Nicollette Sheridan (of the ABC series Desperate Housewives) in an introductory skit which opened that evening’s Monday Night Football telecast, in which Owens and the Eagles played the Cowboys at Texas Stadium. Some observers condemned the skit as being sexually suggestive because of Sheridan removing a towel , and ABC later apologized for airing it. However, on March 14, 2005, the Federal Communications Commission ruled that the skit did not violate decency standards, because it contained no outright nudity or foul language.

Spitting incident

After the December 16, 2006 game against the Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta Falcons cornerback DeAngelo Hall claimed that Owens spat in his face after a play early in the game. Game officials and reporters were unaware of the incident and Owens was not asked about it until his post-game interview with the NFL Network, when he confirmed it. Owens said, “I got frustrated and I apologize for that. It was a situation where he kept hugging me and getting in my face. He had a lot of words, I didn’t. I just wanted to come and prove I’m not a guy to be schemed with.” Hall said that he lost all respect for Owens. The NFL fined Owens $35,000 for the incident. Within a week of the incident, Deion Sanders served as a mediator for Owens and Hall, and the two reportedly “made up.”

2006 Hydrocodone overdose

Some media outlets in Dallas reported on the morning of September 27, 2006 that Owens had tried to kill himself by intentionally ingesting an overdose of hydrocodone, a pain medication. A police report filed on the night of September 26 seemed to confirm the attempt, saying that Owens’ publicist, Kim Etheridge, found him unresponsive with an empty bottle of pain killers, pried two pills from his mouth, and called 9-1-1, after which an ambulance transported him four blocks from his Deep Ellum condo to the hospital.

According to the police report, Owens and Etheridge both said he was depressed, and Owens answered “yes” when asked whether he had intended to harm himself. Owens’ publicist, however, refuted the report, stating that Owens had suffered an allergic reaction to the medication combined with a dietary supplement. ESPN reported that about half the police report was blacked out, including the phrases “attempting suicide by prescription pain medication” and “a drug overdose.”

In one of the most  surreal, weird moments I have ever witnessed in pro sports, after the Cowboys lost last year and Romo had a bad game, Terrell got very emotional, got choked up, and started weeping, while repeating softly: that’s my quaterback man, that’s my quaterback.to-crying1

Then earlier this year, he started the sports shows buzzing with talk of how the Cowboys should get rid of him, that he’s a cancer, when he complained that he wasn’t getting the ball enough (which he wasn’t).

Now the latest, It appears that Terrell is starting to unravel, with strong rumors that he claimed Romo and Jason Whitten have been scratching up plays on the turf that don’t include him.

So, I guess my question is: Where is Terrell headed? To the Hall of Fame or  Looney Tune Land?

Most of the above info was taken from Wikipiedia. Except the stuff in bold which is me.

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9 Responses to “Terrell Owens; Superman or Looneyman?”

  1. bottom line, he wins games and runs people over at age 35

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  2. raleightatum Says:

    Here he is in all his glory.

  3. raleightatum Says:

    Here he is in all his glory.

  4. Dang,

    T Baby responded!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Hey T man, come hang out the next time your Cowboys play the Titans here in Nashville!! Hey, don’t take this the wrong way. I’m leaning toward the Superman side of that rhetorical question. We’ll get a killer workout ( sorry, I don’t have any bands, we’ll have to use free weights) then we’ll pig out on raw salmon. ‘Cause you responded, here’s your site:http://www.terrellowensclub.com/
    talk to ya Tbaby. Go UTC

  5. He is a good player, but he is waaaaaay off the reservation. He is blessed with so much ability that is sometimes seems as if no one can hang with him on the field…and yet he feels like he has to make a mockery of the game by doing this stuff. Some people argue that professional sports are entertainment and he is entertaining people, but I am old school and believe that acting like a Pujols, Ripken, Jr., or Jeter is the way to go.

  6. Sorry for the baseball analogies to a football article, but I got to fall back on what I know.

  7. Emily Ballance Says:

    Hi, I was wondering if I could use your photo on my website for a
    school project in Info Tech. It would be very helpful, thank you.

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