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By all appearances, Andy Reid is poised to make the biggest mistake of his head coaching career this morning. If Reid welcomes Terrell Owens back to his team, he turns the Eagles' 2005 season over to the most immature and selfish athlete in all of professional sports. The team Reid has carefully built into one of the best in the NFL will officially be in the hands of the last man anyone at the NovaCare Complex can trust.
"Birds will pay if they allow Owens back"
Philadelphia Inquirer, Aug. 17, 2005
When the average tourist or school child thinks about Philadelphia, the first images that come to mind are the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the Founding Fathers.
Native Philadelphians think about football and the Eagles. And currently Philadelphia is consumed by a great bald Eagle--a wide receiver named Terrell Owens.
Everybody calls him T.O.
After eight seasons with San Francisco, Owens signed a seven-year contract with Philadelphia worth some $46 million. He was the third-highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL behind Randy Moss of Oakland and Marvin Harrison of Indianapolis. T.O. wanted to play catch with Eagles star quarterback Donovan McNabb and help take the Eagles to the Super Bowl. Philly fans were thrilled.
In the 2004 season the brash, showboating T.O. lived up to his billing--catching 77 passes for 1,200 yards and scoring a record 14 touchdowns. Coming back from a ghastly injury and defying his physician's orders, Owens put in a drop-dead performance in the Super Bowl with nine catches for 122 yards.
Terrell Owens is a simply gorgeous athlete. At 6'3" and 226 lbs., Owens has a rock-hard body with abs muscled like a washboard. He is quick and dangerous, and, when surrounded by burly defenders, he leaps high in the air to snag a Donovan McNabb pass that for any other player would be out of reach; it is the kind of art in motion seen only at the Bolshoi Ballet.