Terrell Owens seemed to be all washed up. He was playing in an indoor football league and making appearances on the Dr. Phil Show, meanwhile his NFL career appeared to be all but over. That is until Wednesday.
After signing a one-year, $1 million deal with the Seattle Seahawks on Tuesday, TO returned to the practice field in Renton, Washington for the first time in more than a year and a half. And apparently, he's a changed man.
Owens, who ranks second all-time in receiving yards — behind only Jerry Rice, admittedly understands that he is no longer the star of the show and rather only wants to be a piece to the puzzle.
"It's all about for me now being part of something rather than being the center of something," Owens said in an interview with ESPN. "A lot of things have occurred in the last two years, and I've had a lot of time to think about things and put things in perspective and I just want to move forward and leave all the things that happened five to 10 years ago behind me."
Some strong words from a man who once ran all the way to 50-yard line at Cowboys Stadium to purposely show up the Dallas fans and celebrate not just a touchdown but his own greatness.
While the now 38-year-old receiver appears to have plenty left in the tank and will likely go down as one of the greatest receivers of all time, his self centered attitude is the real issue at the core of the concern. So even with the mediocre talent filling out the Seahawks roster, Owens won't make the difference he's capable of unless his attitude has in fact been altered for the better.
"Just to get around that atmosphere and to know that I was at the top at one point," Owens proclaimed. "It's almost like I have to rebuild my career, start over."
Starting over is certainly hard to do, especially at 38 and even more so after 16 seasons in the NFL, but if TO is truly dedicated to this new attitude then his impact on a Seahawks team that finished 8-8 in 2011 could be noticeable.
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