A native of Alexander City, Alabama, Terrell Eldorado Owens was born on December 7, 1973 and is often referred to as ‘T.O.’ He is currently the wide receiver for the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys after being chosen in March 2006 to be a part of the team’s upcoming season.
During the majority of the 2005 season, Terrell Owens was an inactive player of the Philadelphia Eagles. The activity, or lack thereof, was due to a contract dispute and conflicts with fellow teammates, including quarterback Donovan McNabb. When Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones announced that Owens had signed a contract to play for his team, it seemed that all of the controversy from the previous year was over. While Owens is undisputably one of the most dominant receivers in the NFL, his reputation for speaking his mind without regard is a large part of the controversy that surrounds him.
After being released from the Philadelphia Eagles on March 14, 2006, Terrell Owens quickly found a home with the Dallas Cowboys. In a deal that is reportedly worth $25 million and spans over a period of three years, many continue to speculate as to how this new alliance will fare. The contract is also said to include a $5 million signing bonus and a first year salary of $5 million.
While his reputation is sometimes viewed in a negative way, his athletic abilities cannot be denied. Terrell Owens currently holds the NFL record for 20 receptions in a single game and has enjoyed many notable accomplishments, including 103 total touchdowns, six 1,000 yard seasons and reached 100 catches in 14 games during the 2002 season.
After being drafted for the first time in the 1996 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers, Terrell Owens is now playing for his third professional football team. From the 49ers to the Eagles and now finding a new home with the Cowboys, Terrell Owens is poised to begin the 2006 NFL season with a new contract, new teammates and in a new zip code. As teammates, coaches and fans eagerly await to see how the Alabama native meshes with the players of Dallas, Terrell Owens will be preparing for a new season filled with plenty of competition.