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Why Do So Many People Hate This Guy?

Updated on October 9, 2011
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Why Do So Many People Hate This Guy?

Statistically, this man will go down as one of the greatest wide receivers of all time. 1,078 catches for 15,934 yards and 153 yards, second only to the great Jerry Rice. These are statistics that should make him a first ballot hall of famer right? I'm sure I'm going to create some controversy here because this player has way too many haters in my opinion.

The man I'm talking about is Terrel Owens.

Let me ask a serious question? What really has T.O. done that's been so bad for the media and people to hate him so bad, other than doing sit-ups shirtless in his driveway? Sure, the man plays with his heart on his sleeve and possesses a great deal of passion, and always wants to win. They say he's created drama everywhere he's been and made teams worse by becoming a "distraction" in the locker room. Let's look at what he did with the 49ers with an average Jeff Garcia. Over 7,500 yards and 71 TD's in seven seasons. The team hasn't been back to the playoffs since he left. Yeah, he made that team so much worse. In 21 games with the Eagles he put up nearly 2,000 yards and 20 TD's but was kicked off the team for causing "problems" with Donovan McNabb. In an interview Owen's was asked if Brett Favre was their QB would they win more games and he said "probably." Was he lying at that point in Favre's career? McNabb came out and called it racial (which makes no sense to me because T.O. is black the last time I checked). Look at McNabb's career and where he is and where he's been since T.O. left. Absolutely no where. T.O came back from a horrific injury to nearly defeat the New England Patriots by himself, but McNabb ran out of gas and couldn't get it done at the end of the game. T.O commented on this and was criticized. Mike Shanahan said this same thing of the QB last year and now looks like a genius.

He did nothing but produce in Dallas, Buffalo, and Cincinnati, and still is considered a bad guy. Yeah, he does reality shows on his spare time, but you cannot question his work ethic. The guy always shows up to play, is in great shape, knows the playbook inside and out, and doesn't let the outside extracurricular activities effect his play like Ocho Cinco does.

Still at the age of 37, if you've seen this guy's latest youtube video of his recent workouts, this guy is still in amazing shape and there's not a doubt in my mind that he cannot compete at a high level still. So why does he have so few suiters? This is a question I'd like to know. Yeah he's emotional and will get in players faces if they're not producing but isn't that what you want from a leader and for them to show that passion?

I'd like to hear your thoughts (good or bad) on what you think of the player and prove to me why this guy shouldn't or should be a first ballot hall of famer>

Should T.O. Be A First Ballot Hall of Fame Player?

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    • Manny2437 profile image

      Manny2437 6 years ago from Sacramento, CA

      Excellent hub bro. I've always wondered the same. I've always been a TO fan, even when he was ridiculous. But he hasn't caused any problems in at least 3 or 4 seasons now, and he can still be a key contributer to many teams. He played very well with the Bengals last season, much better than Ocho Cinco did. Owens is a good guy and he's matured. And that's all I have to say about that.

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      Bigpayno 6 years ago from Indianapolis, Indiana

      I agree with your comment on his passion for the game, but to be number 2 in every category producing at a high level for his entire career and for him to not be a first ballot, then there is something seriously wrong with the Hall of Fame voting and who they are letting in and why.

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      Kyle Ilgenfritz 6 years ago from York, PA

      In a politically correct society (a shame, but the truth), T.O. sticks out because he's unafraid to be himself, to let loose and have fun.

      He plays with a passion that I hadn't seen since Michael Irvin, and sometimes that passion is a detriment. However, he can produce good numbers even at his age.

      He shouldn't be a first ballot hall of famer, but he'll probably get in around his 3rd or 4th year of eligibility.