Terrell Owens is A Seattle Seahawk. Long Live Seattle. [NFL Football]
Terrell Owens had his first practice as a Seattle Seahawk today. Yesterday when I had heard he was officially signed as a Seahawk I was overcome with joy. I’m not a Seahawks fan (although I hope they win because a lot of my friends are Seahawk fans and don’t want to put up with another year of them complaining) but there are a few positives that come from this.
Owens has playmaker abilities. He also has stone hands, to the point that sometimes he looks like he’s catching a ball with ping pong paddles. Paired with Sydney Rice, a sure handed receiver who made plays with the Vikings who had a decent quarterback, the two receivers could make quite the pair in Seattle.
A man with humble beginnings when he first came in to the league was turned in to an egomaniac after he caught a touchdown pass from Steve Young, defeating the Packers in the playoffs. From then on Terrell Owens became a locker room killer. Many players on the 49ers talk about how there is a clear difference in Terrell Owens before and after this catch.
I’ve believed that the wide receiver is the position that is easiest to develop an ego. Many of the NFL’s rules are there to protect you and it is not easily seen when you get beat, but it is plainly obvious when you beat your defender. Owens was a guy who probably spiraled out of control.
Owens went to Philadelphia after being traded from San Francisco, where in an interview with Playboy, made reference to quarterback Garcia being a possible homosexual. Flabbergasting is a good word to use when reacting to the statement, as Owens could be seen later in Dallas crying at the podium while protecting his quarterback.
In Philadelphia Owens had a few good years where he made it to the Super Bowl, and again arrogance took over. It is sustained success that brings out the dark half in Terrell Owens, once he gets comfortable. After the Super Bowl you get him saying how he doesn’t need to talk to his quarterback and doing situps in his driveway. In Dallas he was a playmaker and led the league in touchdowns.
Quick aside, I think Terrell Owens could have been the heavyweight champion of the world and sell tons of PPVs. Imagine Terrell Owens, a man with lightning speed who is incredibly agile for his weight outbox Wladimir Klitschko, a fighter who has his feet stuck in cement. I can imagine Owens doing situps or shadowboxing in his driveway while rhyming smack talk to some guy from Russia.
Trips to Buffalo and Cincinnati saw a Terrell Owens who was setting career records but still somehow pissing off his teammates. He was released by both teams following good seasons. Either he is a player who is good for one year or he is a necessary evil that teams can only tolerate for a year.
The Allen Wranglers cut Terrell Owns. An Indoor Football League team cut Terrell Owens. Talk about lowest of the lows. As a fan of small revisions to history we may look back at this moment as the turning point, where Terrell Owens ego is literally too big. He held a combine that was televised but no NFL teams attended.
Now that Owens is on a team, and kind of a bad one, he has a shot to rebuild himself. He has athleticism still and a quarterback in Matt Flynn who has shown the abilities in Green Bay of being a franchise quarterback (small sample size still but level with me). With age comes new wisdom and after many defeats hopefully Terrell Owens is brought back down to earth. He has a quarterback who may put up with some griping from an older wide receiver. Most importantly, Terrell Owens probably won’t reach deep in the playoffs again, and will have to assume a similar role in Cincinnati and Buffalo where he was there for one or two years and is then done.
His agent Drew Rosenhaus has most likely informed Terrell Owens this is his last stop. Head Coach Pete Carroll has made it a habit of getting older receivers some people have given up on, such as Mike Williams. I hope that Owens keeps his loud mouth but uses it for good, like Chad Johnson (the two once teamed up for a television show that was awful) who is a jokester; instead of evil demanding more targets a game. I hope Terrell Owens joins his time in Seattle so the fans and the team can. Fans of the NFL want to enjoy happy TO who sharpies cameras. Either way, better get your popcorn ready.