By Peter Gleason
Terrell Owens was one of the greatest receivers ever to wear an Eagles uniform, if only for a season and a half, and his mouth is still flapping during Super Bowl week.
He doesn’t think Philly is very welcoming to outsized personalities like his!
“I think there is a track record,” Owens told NJ.com yesterday when asked if the Eagles’ franchise can handle big, star personalities. “Some of the best personalities, that can make for the best teams and the best teammates.”
The 41-year-old Owens, who played for the Eagles for 21 games before being released, clashed with front office executive Joe Banner in a contract dispute.
Another common theme between his release and the other stars the Eagles have set packing?
A lack of success after.
“As the years progressed, I think everyone has seen it wasn’t really my fault that I left. I tried to be as honest as I could with management,” Owens said. “Obviously there were some situations going on there. Nothing really panned out since myself leaving. Andy leaving. Nothing.”
Owens is right, as the Eagles only won one playoff game in the three seasons after 2004, the year Owens helped them go to the Super Bowl. After releasing Jackson in 2013, and trading away McCoy in 2014, the Eagles went a combined 17-15, and didn’t win a playoff game.
“It’s unfortunate. But it’s not the end of the road for some guys,” Owens said of the star players being let go from the Eagles. “They go on to play at a high level. I know that motivated me. When I went on to another team, regardless of the situation. I know part of it I contributed to by being honest, not playing the political game. But it never impacted me when I got on the football field.”
Owens, who was at Radio Row promoting Butterfingers candy, finished his 21 games with the Eagles with 124 catches, 20 touchdowns and 1,963 yards.
“I think management could have changed that,” Owens said of his tenure with the team running short. “I wanted to stay. Could I have done some things different with my teammates, coaches and maybe management in terms of communications? That is something I’ve grown to be better with since I left.”
Another issue during Owens’ time with the Eagles was his relationship with quarterback Donovan McNabb.
“It was never bad to me. I knew wholeheartedly what went on in that locker room. I did what I could,” Owens said. “They brought me there to help get to the Super Bowl, and I did everything I could, even playing on the ankle I did in the Super Bowl. I did it because I knew the city wanted me there, I wanted to be there, and everybody realizes that when I got there, I don’t think he expected the city to embrace me the way he did. And I think maybe there was some jealously and envy there.”