Should We Be Worried About Terrell Owens?

Bull City, Football — By on May 14, 2012 at 12:01 am


If you have followed the world of sports for the past twenty years, there are a few things that you can bank on. The one thing that is a constant is that almost 75% of professional football players are going to be broke within five years after they finish playing football. There are many reasons why, but the most typical is that someone stole money from them. The most typical come from financial consultants who make bad investments and take an athlete for a run that depletes most of their money.

Once this happens, players resort to strategic ways of making their money stretch. Some choose illegal activity. Take a look at players like Sam Hurd and Nate Newton. They lost money and tried to recover it through marijuana sales. Others will engage in get-rich-quick schemes that just speed up the demise of the player and the money.

Watching Terrell Owens’ demise has been tough for me. I am a T.O. apologist, and I have never denied that. Watching the man who craved the star and the spotlight end up broke and without a source of steady income has me worried about the health of the player.

We already remember the account of “questionable” attempted suicide by Owens in 2006 as he was a member of the Dallas Cowboys. This was during the good times. Now, times aren’t so good. Owens has appeared on shows for money to talk about his baby mama drama. He has also lowered himself to purchasing an indoor football team and playing for them to make money.

In fact, you can argue that Owens life has done a complete 180 since leaving Dallas. He spent time with the Buffalo Bills and performed at a pretty high level when they finally found a quarterback.

He then went on to the Cincinnati Bengals and performed at an All-Pro level before tearing up his knee. Now, things aren’t going so well for the receiver. His financial adviser took more than half of his reported 67 million dollars. His four baby mamas all want increases in child support, and his personal life is in shambles.

Even at age 38, Owens is a viable talent and worthy of a spot in the league. The only problem is that he has burned so many bridges throughout his career, no one will even consider giving him a shot. Last year, he held a televised workout, and not one NFL team showed up, despite more than half of the league needing help at the wide receiver position down the stretch of last season.

What I see from Owens now scares me, especially in the wake of Junior Seau’s suicide. Owens is showing all the signs of depression. On the Dr. Phil Show, he looked like a troubled soul with nothing to lose. His life has been pretty hard. He didn’t know who his father was until he was 12 years old, and the man lived across the street from him. He was raised by his grandmother who recently passed away. Things just aren’t going great for him at the moment.

Adversity will make people do strange things, and a lot of people are ready to gloat now that Terrell Owens is at an all-time low. I, on the other hand, do not see it that way. The man is going through some things. Whether he brought it on himself or not, he has a struggle on his hands, and I personally hope that he doesn’t take the easy way out.

You can look at the man and tell he knows all about hard work. Let’s hope he can now work his way out of this one and, at least, become a model citizen with a great story to tell.

Stay Breezy ~ I’m Out!

Joe Simmons

Color Commentator for Time Warner Cable Sports Network NC/SC/OH and NCCU Sports Network. Washed up athlete who used to ball, now I write and call.

More Posts - Website

Follow Me:
TwitterFacebookLinkedInGoogle PlusStumbleUponYouTube

Tags: , ,

    7 Comments

  • George says:

    I was thinking the same thing. T.O. is unstable. It is likely that something like this will push him over the edge.

  • Eric says:

    I was wondering if any of you were going to speak on this. T.O. reminds me of a manic depressant. He has been in the lime light for so much of his career and now that these blocks are tumbling he doesn’t seem like he is going to be stable. I hope he doesn’t take any drastic measures but you can never tell with guys who have it all taken away.

    • Joe Simmons says:

      Seems like he has a lot of animosity with everyone his entire career. Sympathy is going to be hard to garner. Guys like him are easy targets especially when times get tough.

  • Felicia says:

    There is something wrong with a system when the first child gets $20,000; the second gets $13,500; the third $11,000 and the fourth gets $5,000. The fourth woman and child were not on the show, this is the youngest. They should find a way to make it all equal. (take the total number and divide by four)

    It was awful to see TO with two of his children on his lap at the end of the show and how happy they were to just see him. When he kissed them on the cheek, they were just bursting with joy. I feel sorry for the kids and TO made the statement that he didn’t want his kids to have a life like them.

    Should we be worried about him? Probably so. I don’t want to see anything bad happen to anyone but like my mother always say’s “you make your bed now you have to lay in it”

    • Joe Simmons says:

      I don’t know if they were thinking they had a shot at being his wife, but there did seem to be a lot of tension between TO and the women. I hope he can salvage a relationship with his kids. They seem to really want their dad in their life.

  • I feel bad for him, on the court side, he should be able to have those totals lowered because he no longer has that income. Hopefully he can spend time with his kids, cause that’s the most important part.

    I don’t think TO would do something to himself, because he loves himself too much. If he could somehow get over himself, he might just get one more chance. He’s similar to Iverson in that vain, Iverson said he wasn’t going to come off the bench and there went his chances of playing in the NBA. Now he’s realizing his mistake.

    Lastly, I think this is a good lesson for these young professional athletes. This could be you, and before you say, naw, can’t be me, IT COULD be you. I think the best thing for these guys is to give them their first contract and a vasectomy at the same time. get that reversed when you finish playing and that way, you not making any babies while you still playing ball.

Leave a Reply

Trackbacks

Leave a Trackback