The Average Joe VS. T.O. (or another Pro Football career mistake)

The Football Educator’s guest blogger Timothy J. Smith gets blunt with the continuing saga that is “T.O.”

There are rigid sets of rules that are in place for how people are supposed to behave in the work place. In fact, there is an entire department in most companies dedicated specifically to dictating employees’ behaviors. However, the Human Resources department seems to be defunct for Terrell Owens. If you are familiar with his professional football career, you are also familiar with the notion that T.O. does not play nice with the other kids in the sandbox.

Mind your manners

Owens has either been released or traded from 5 NFL teams and now the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League. Teams in the past 16 years–and its not because he’s trying to find himself–he seems pretty self-aware. T.O. has been the instigator of conflicts between himself from San Francisco to Cincinnati, and the Wranglers. Why would any general manager or owner want to take on the burden that is T.O.’s attitude after six teams now have passed him along?

Drama, Drama, Drama

Because people love drama. And that is what T.O. delivers. During the monotony of our daily lives, we find it entertaining to read or watch celebrities in their “real life” situations. That’s the only reason an adult male such as myself would actually let the TV stay on VH1 to watch his reality show called “The T.O. Show.” Every episode basically illustrated how his two female assistants had very little influence over his professional and personal life. Coaches couldn’t change T.O., million dollar contracts couldn’t change T.O., but platonic friends could? That was certainly comical. But not as comical as his May 8th appearance on the Dr. Phil show. Four kids, three babies’ mamas and $0 in paid child support. Now, not only men can think he’s a lowlife, but their girlfriends too.

How many chances?

Despite his limbo-ing career and his debut as a deadbeat dad, he still hasn’t realized what a lucky human being he was for receiving a second (or sixth) chance at a pro football career with the Eagles after the 49ers canned him, Cowboys, Bills, Bengals and Wranglers. Most of us have made a mistake at work or in a relationship and if we are lucky enough to receive a second chance to make it right, we value it because we know our opportunities don’t get handed to us on a silver platter. T.O.’s opportunities, however, are delivered via 2012 Jeep Cherokee.

The Jeep was part of his most recent offer from the Indoor Football League upon him signing with the Wranglers. He was also offered a luxurious home and 50 percent stake in the team, not to mention ANOTHER chance to play the game he supposedly loves (considering no one else was interested in him for a whole year after his knee injury in 2011.)

Enough is enough

But after so long, T.O. has to burn this bridge too because he is a glutton for punishment. Technically only played just 6 games for the Allen Wranglers (because his contract clause states that he would play only home games and not travel to away games). T.O. failed to show up at a mandatory team appearance at a local children’s hospital in Texas. The negative press generated to the alleged scheduling error wasn’t something owner John Frankel was interested in dealing with for someone who showed a lack of team unity. Having worked with Frankel in the past, I know from first hand experience that he does NOT give second chances. T.O., like many celebrities will never learn from his mistakes, no matter how badly coaches or fans want him to.

“Smell the roses!”

It does seem that the number of chances a man has to make a name for himself correlate with the number of zeroes attached to the end of his paycheck. With only a $50 severance check upon his release from the IFL, T.O. needs to take this as wake up call and invest in an attitude adjustment.

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