There are people who devote their lives to helping mankind. There are people who work unselfishly behind the scenes everyday of their lives to make the world a better place. I think of people like Walter Payton when I think of people like that. Yet, who are the people who get the attention of the media? The people who get attention are people like Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, and Terrell Owens.
I will never argue that Terrell Owens doesn’t have the skills to be far above average as a receiver. I will argue that he is a sterling asset to a team.
Talent is only part of being on a team. A person, who thumbs their nose at team rules, and, always has an excuse as to why they haven’t needed to comply or, in some cases, perform, places the coaches in an awkward position, and, they create dissension on a team. Some players want to cut them slack; others are offended.
Bill Parcels tried to minimize Owens’s joining the Cowboys. Immediately the focus went from the Cowboys as a team to Owens as an individual, and, what he was going to do. Would he “play by the rules?” Surely a disciplinarian such as Parcels would be able to maintain order. There were questions whether Parcels was staying by mid-season. He said coaching wasn’t fun. The reason it wasn’t fun was because he wasn’t coaching, he was babysitting.
Did Terrell Owens turn the Cowboys around at the beginning of the season? No, he did not. What he did do was blame Drew Bledsoe for being incompetent. Parcels brought in Tony Romo. Romo was a different kind of quarterback, a versatile, mobile leader who was both talented and adaptable; all attributes that helped turn the Cowboys around last year. He utilized Owens’s somewhat, but, he was used as a team tool. He was injured. He dropped some passes. He said he didn’t want to blame his injury. I’ve seen a lot of receivers who were injured worse than Owens’s who did a much better job of playing hurt.
Terrell Owens is a tiresome repeat of a story that is played over and over in sports. A player comes into the big leagues with a lot of natural talent and no social skills. As you watch their career unfold it becomes more about their personality and antics than their achievements.
If Owens is so great, and, if as an individual his accomplishments can carry a team, where are all of his championships rings? Even a Joey Porter blends in enough with his team to get things done. All you see in Terrell Owens’s history is “what might have been”.
Terrell Owens is a case of a person who is starved for attention. He gets it at the expense of those he is associated with, hardworking, unselfish players who work far harder but get little to no attention. Interview the coaches with the most wins as to whether they would want him on their team and they will say no. They’re the ones that should know.