INDIANAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 14: Terrell Owens #81 of the Cincinnati Bengals walks off of the field following the Bengals 23-17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts in the NFL game at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 14 2010 in Indianapolis Indiana. The Colts won 23-17. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
The IFL's Allen Wranglers announced on Tuesday that they released former Bengals wide receiver Terrell Owens. According to the IFL's official website, Owens recently "made it clear that he had no intentions of playing in the team's upcoming crucial away games in Nebraska and Everett" as the Wranglers are entering the "late portion of the season with aspirations for earning a spot in the playoffs."
Additionally Owens' contract as a team owner was terminated. From the IFL website:
Unfortunately, the team's ownership does not believe that these expectations have been met . “It is difficult to look other players on this team in the eyes and tell them that being a team player is important...that giving it your all on the field every night is our expectation, when another member of this team is not operating by these standards”, stated team President and Co-Owner Tommy Benizio. ”The proverbial straw that broke the camel's back for Mr. Owens was his no – show to a scheduled appearance at a local children's hospital with other Wrangler players and coaches. It is not the desire of the Allen Wranglers' organization to disappoint fans by having our most notable player miss a scheduled appearance.”
It's hard to believe that Owens has any shot whatsoever of making an NFL team at this point. Along with failing to find a home last season, Owens' lack of commitment to the team and the community overall has to seal his otherwise Hall of Fame career.
It's sad, really.
Despite being 37 years old in 2010, Owens still put together a good season, generating 72 receptions for 983 yards receiving and nine touchdowns. Though one could have assumed that while his career was dragging through his twilight seasons but good enough to keep producing, it would be the final season that Owens would dress in an NFL uniform.
It's a safe bet that it's the last we've heard of him as a football player. Now it's time for him to get some help.