COMMENTARY | ProFootball Talk reports that on May 29, the Allen Wranglers cut Terrell Owens, which is just the latest incident for the troubled former National Football League wide receiver. Apparently, Owens failed to show up for a charity event at a local hospital in Texas, refused to attend away games, and displayed his diva personality like he did in the NFL. As a football fan, here is why this news is not really surprising, but it could really have a negative impact on Owens for the rest of his life.
Owens is no stranger to displaying diva behavior and poor work ethic, which were all infamous problems while he was with the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys. As a Cincinnati Bengals fan, I witnessed the same questionable work ethic while he was with the Bengals, so it is not a surprise Owens was up to the same old shenanigans with the Wranglers. While with the Bengals, Owens often stopped right in the middle of his routes, ran the wrong routes to avoid collisions, and also had a problem with extending himself out to reach the ball. The problem is not that Owens cannot physically be a force on the football field; the main problem comes back to his entitlement attitude and self-righteous personality. Owens has burned every bridge in the NFL, even though he clearly has the talent, just because he chooses to run his mouth all of the time. I am not bashing Owens as a player because he is a tremendous athlete, but I am taking issue with his questionable work ethic and his inflated ego. When everyone around you has an issue with you, then maybe you are the source of the problem, and not the other way around. This should be a lesson to all other sports players, meaning that you can be dominate on the field, but if you have an ugly personality, it can and will limit your success.
The Indoor Football League is basically the end of the road for players in the NFL, so this move likely means Owens will never get a job in the NFL. In the official statement released, the Wranglers pointed out many flaws with Owens, including how Owens would not attend road games unless he got something really good out of it, even though the games had playoff implications. It seemed that Owens was more concerned about what the IFL and the team could do for him, instead of it being what talent and skills he could bring to the Wranglers to win championships. The fact that Owens could not even take time out of his day to attend a hospital charity event says a lot about his character because it shows he does not have the ability to empathize with others. Being cut by yet another team for the same reasons might make Owens reevaluate his character, but it is too little too late and likely means his professional football career is completely over.