Terrell Owens: tribute and reflection of the polarizing wideout

When a football fan is asked to think of Terrell Owens, a few many thoughts come to mind. Owens, well known as T.O., is not only a Hall of Fame player but also quite an eccentric character.

T.O. can be memorized well as a football figure that likes to go against the status quo. He’s celebrated on opposing team’s logos, inhaled popcorn from fans in the stands, and there’s the infamous “that’s my quarterback” of Owens backing up QB Tony Romo in a post-game press conference. He’s not only entertained spectators with his ability on Sundays but he’s also given fans moments of bliss after the duration of games.

Owens played a whopping 14 seasons at the WR position, as he started his impressive career in 1996 and finished it in 2010. He has five All-Pro honors to his name, seven seasons of 13+ touchdowns, seven seasons of 1,100+ yards, and six seasons of 80+ receptions. T.O. started his career as a teammate of the great Jerry Rice, then played his last season in a Bengals uniform, alongside tight end Jermaine Gresham, who was just a rookie.

Owens was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010. His accomplishments that stand out, are as followed:

  • second-most career receiving yards of all time: 15,934
  • second-most receptions in a game: 20
  • NFL all-decade team of the 2000s

Owens played for the 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, Buffalo Bills, and Cincinnati Bengals in his career. Despite playing for a few very competitive franchises, the superstar wideout has never won a Super Bowl. However, he has played in a Super Bowl.

Owens dueled it out in Super Bowl XXXIX, but his Eagles came out in a 24-21 loss against the New England Patriots. The WR may have not garnered a Super Bowl ring after the defeat, but he gave one of the most passionate performances ever by a player in a Super Bowl. Owens played with “a broken leg and a torn ligament” in the February showdown. The broken leg didn’t hold Owens back from knocking out nine catches and 122 yards.

It doesn’t matter if Owens is playing in 1996, 2010, with a quality QB, or on one leg, he showed that he can dominate his competiton in-between the white lines. Owens was a true gift to the football world with his relentless heart and grand talent.

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