Hero to Zero?

Terrell Owens is that guy.  He stands at six-foot-three and weighs in at 226 pounds of incredibly well-defined muscles. He is a six-time Pro-Bowler, a five-time First Team All Pro Player and has scored an impressive 153 touchdowns.  He has made approximately $80 million and played “his game” for a total of fifteen seasons. He has come to define his number, 81.

So what has come of this massive, football god?  Currently he is paying nearly $45,000 per month in child support for his four kids, failed to renew his $2 million, one year contract with the Cincinnati Bengals and is broken, both physically and mentally.

Though there are many numbers that have come to define Terrell Owens (T.O) and his outstanding football career, only one has become prominent in his life.  Zero.  The number of friends he has, zero.  The number of family members he has surrounding him, zero. The number of financial ventures he has been able to succeed in, zero.

Owens, 38, tells people, , “I’m in Hell,”  when asked about his well-being and mental stability. “Hell” is how he describes his life as a multi-millionaire, NFL star and father to four children.

Stemming from an article in GQ Magazine (Love Me, Hate Me, Just Don’t Ignore Me), Terrell Owens is fully exposed and abundantly picked apart for his lavish lifestyle. Several houses across the country, four children from four different women and three ongoing child cupport cases indicate Owens can’t seem to escape financial expenditures,  especially those that come along with a high paying job, a career in professional sports and entertainment and his own choices.  According to ABC News Blogger Susanna Kim, Owens finds himself Friendless, and Nearly Broke

In response to the above ABC article, Yardbarker Gene Strother comments that Owens never grasped that there is “no I in team.”.  In his article, Strother comments on Owens’ remarks on the sidelines of a Dallas Cowboys game in which he was caught screaming, “I Love Me Some Me!”


Strother opens his article,

“Terrell Owens was despised by almost every fan of every team on which he did not play and by many on which he did. He was seen as selfish, self-centered, a Prima Donna. In San Francisco and Dallas, he was ultimately perceived as a team cancer. In Buffalo and Cincinnati, he was mostly a non-factor.”

Owens proves his lack of consideration and inability to be a role model for future generations looking up to the star NFL players. His egotistical, narcissistic ways have taken him from happiness.  It goes back to the age-old saying, “Money can’t buy you happiness,” and his ways have led him into a lonely and sad life.

Recently, he signed with the Allen Wranglers to co-own and play the indoor football league team.  Tim Ryan, in his Big Lead Sports article, stated “The simple and glaringly obvious question is, really?” Everyone wants to know if this is REALLY the way that the all-star receiver will end his NFL career.  Is this the end for T.O.?  Even ESPN_Colin, an ESPN radio and TV  host Colin Cowherd, says Owens is a perfect example of another “sad ending” on his January 25th Twitter post.

The real question is: how far can a person get in life with zero friends, zero money and a zero percent chance to return to the NFL?  Maybe we should ask Drew Rosenhaus,,Owens’ agent. According Ryan, Rosenhaus can be found on a “deserted island, desperately seeking a cell phone signal.”

Terrell Owens is an excellent example of knowing the importance of respecting others, sharing and being selfless. His conceited, irreverent attitude has alienated the people in his life and has had great consequences in his professional and person life. Owens and his one man show is a living in a one man party “Hell” of life.

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