How should you feel about a Hall of Fame player whose personal problems derailed his career in spite of his physical skills? That’s the question of the day concerning one Terrell Owens, better known as T.O. Terrell Owens, a sure-fire NFL Hall of Famer, was cut by the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League; that’s like being cut from an Arena Football League team, but worse because the IFL is a few steps below the AFL in terms of prestige and exposure. Owens had a very short comeback.
Amazingly, T.O. was cut from the team due to his inability to live up to his contract. Shocking, I know. Owens blew off a scheduled team appearance at a children’s hospital in Allen, Texas; he also refused to play in two road games in Nebraska and Washington State that were needed for the team’s playoff run. Granted, Owens didn’t have to play in those games, but it was encouraged and it might have helped him escape some scrutiny over not playing up to team standards.
“It is difficult to look other players on this team in the eyes and tell them that being a team player is important … that giving it your all on the field every night is our expectation, when another member of this team is not operating by these standards,” said team president and co-owner Tommy Benizio.
Owens’ IFL career yielded 35 catches for 420 yards and 10 touchdowns in 8 games with the IFL’s Allen Wranglers. The team is 6-5 this season and fighting for a playoff spot. Owens forfeits a 30 percent share of the team promised to him in the contract.
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