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    Antonio Brown wants out of Pittsburgh, according to “mentor” Terrell Owens
    Posted by Mike Florio on January 25, 2019, 3:13 PM EST

    Fourteen years after Hall of Fame receiver Terrell Owens engaged in a protracted standoff with the Philadelphia Eagles, another star receiver inches toward a showdown with the NFL franchise on the other side of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

    And it’s becoming increasingly clear that, like T.O. in 2005, Antonio Brown wants to play for a new team.

    Appearing on Friday’s #PFTPM podcast, Owens explained that he has spoken to Brown, and that Owens has been advising Brown regarding his situation. The content and context of Owens’ remarks indicate that Brown is ready to move on.

    “I’ve talked with Antonio Bown throughout the course of year,” Owens said on Friday’s #PFTPM podcast. “And I’ve kind of known some of what has been going on. He’s leaned on me for advice, as somewhat of a mentor, so to speak. . . . I think with him, I think it’s a fresh start to go elsewhere and part ways with the organization and with some of the things than he and Ben have been confronted with.”

    Brown’s wishes has been lost in the focus on the team’s wishes, which currently aren’t clear. From the player’s perspective, it’s clear. He’s ready for a change of scenery.

    “Absolutely,” Owens said regarding whether he’s gotten the impression that Brown wants out of Pittsburgh. “He wants to move on. . . . I don’t like how Ben [Roethlisberger] has kind of thrown him under the bus in certain instances. . . . I think Ben owes him a lot more respect than he has given him. . . . I mean even from the standpoint of him saying he didn’t know anything about a blowup [at practice prior to Week 17] when he was part of the blowup.”

    So where will Brown go?

    “I talked to him on a couple of occasions, and I’m not hear to air anybody’s messages or . . . conversations, but he’s asked me how the Bay Area was on several occasions,” Owens said.

    Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice previously has said that Brown wants to play for the *****. Owens seems to have confirmed it. With one key addition.

    “You throw me in the mix somewhere down the road, hey, it could be a recipe for disaster,” Owens said.

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  • evil disco man
    Terrell: Risk vs. Reward
    by evil disco man
    With Owens, Eagles getting an undeniable receiving gem but also potential headaches

    BY BOB GLAUBER
    STAFF CORRESPONDENT - NYNewsDay.com

    July 4, 2004

    PHILADELPHIA -- It is a few minutes after practice, and Terrell Owens is sitting on a black leather couch, telling a visitor why he thinks it's too late to change his image as one of the NFL's most controversial players.

    Speaking barely above a whisper, he seems nothing like the trash-talker he was labeled as during his days with the San Francisco *****. Now with the Philadelphia Eagles, he leans back on the couch in an office at their training complex and shakes his head.

    "No matter what I do, it's not going to change," the 30-year- old receiver said. "I've got a negative image with the public and people think, 'This guy's a bad guy.'"

    Great receiver. Bad guy. Owens cannot separate the two, even though he desperately wants to be known as the former, not the latter.

    "That's what I'm stuck with," Owens said. "I'm a monster on the field, but people think I'm a monster off the field, too. I don't think people really know me until they're around me. When they hang out with me, they'll pull me aside and say: 'I don't get it. I don't see why people say you're this way. You're a cool dude.' People expect something different."

    Eagles receiver Todd Pinkston certainly expected something different. He expected to see a chronic complainer, a guy who bullies his teammates and snarls at his coaches.

    "No, it's nothing like that," Pinkston said. "He had this reputation as an 'I-want-the-ball' type of guy, but he hasn't been like that at all. If you see his work ethic, you'll know. It's not like the reputation he had in San Francisco."

    Owens is a star receiver who makes terrific catches and scores highlight-reel touchdowns, but his flamboyant celebrations and sideline tantrums have given him a me-first reputation that he believes has unfairly tainted his legacy.

    To Owens and those who know him best, he is a complex man whose combative behavior on game day belies a gentle and charitable personality off the field. They know he is a gifted athlete whose continual search for attention and admiration goes back to a time when he was ready to quit the sport as a teenager because he almost never got a chance to play on his high school team.

    He defies easy description.

    Already on notice

    Even so, a new team, a new contract and a new outlook on his NFL future probably won't change things for Owens, who forced the trade that sent him from the ***** to the Eagles in March. He understands that the first time he complains about not getting enough passes from quarterback Donovan McNabb, or the first time he disagrees...
    -07-06-2004, 09:30 AM
  • Milan
    Owens at it YET again!
    by Milan
    Nov 6 Mark Eckel, of the Trenton Times, reports Philadelphia Eagles WR Terrell Owens had a fistfight with former defensive end and current team ambassador Hugh Douglas. The fight occurred in front of several of his teammates. According to one of the sources the Owens-Douglas fight "was like WWE Smackdown." Another source said both men threw at least two punches during the altercation and when it was over Owens challenged QB Donovan McNabb first and then everyone else in the room saying, "You want some. Anyone else want some." The Eagles refused to comment about the situation, other than the statement that revealed Owens' suspension. Owens and Douglas have been at odds since training camp and almost got into an altercation in an elevator at Lehigh University.

    - Yahoo Sports.

    ...Wow.
    -11-06-2005, 11:29 AM
  • RamWraith
    More Ownes stuff
    by RamWraith
    Reid says T.O. will stay away until issue is settled

    BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid called the ejection of Terrell Owens from training camp in-house business, adding the tempestuous wide receiver would not be permitted back to camp until the two of them fully discuss the problem.
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    Owens said he was just happy to have a week off.

    "I'm going to work with T.O. and only T.O.," Reid said Thursday in his first comments since Owens was sent home Wednesday.

    That was about all Reid said despite numerous questions on a variety of subjects about the playmaking, showboating Owens, who was asked to leave camp Wednesday after a heated exchange with Reid.

    Owens, meanwhile, emerged from his house in Moorestown, N.J., after noon on Thursday, signing autographs to the delight of several dozen fans who passed the time throwing footballs and yelling Eagles chants in his suburban cul de sac. Owens told reporters he had not spoken to the team.

    "Why would I talk to them? They gave me a week off," he said.

    When asked why he had the time off, Owens remained elusive.

    "What do you think?" he said. "You are asking a dumb question right now."

    Owens and agent Drew Rosenhaus -- who had arrived in midmorning -- departed for what the agent said was lunch and a meeting.

    Suddenly, Owens pulling a Sharpie from his sock or posing on the Cowboys' star seems downright tame.

    On Wednesday, Owens told Comcast SportsNet that his ejection by Reid "was just a difference of opinion. I was defending myself."

    Defending himself from what, it's not exactly clear.

    Owens refused to say what the argument was about, and the Eagles issued only a brief statement saying Owens was not expected to return to the team until next Wednesday.

    But this was the risk the Eagles were willing to take last year when they traded for Owens because they thought he could help them win a Super Bowl.

    Now comes this.

    For the fifth time in six days, Owens did not practice Wednesday because of a groin injury suffered last week. Instead, he worked out with the assistant trainer for about 20 minutes, catching balls from a machine and doing some light running. He did not speak to reporters or acknowledge the fans who chanted his name.

    Between sessions -- the Eagles had a special teams practice Wednesday afternoon that Owens was not required to attend -- Owens and Reid started arguing during a meeting.

    Reid asked the injured Owens to leave after their discussion, according to Rosenhaus, and Owens' publicist, Kim Etheredge.

    Owens then got his belongings and cleared out of training camp at Lehigh University.

    "If the truth needs to be told, then...
    -08-11-2005, 01:07 PM
  • DJRamFan
    [Eagles] Owens: Other Players Will Step Up
    by DJRamFan
    December 20, 2004
    By DAVE SPADARO

    He spoke for 5 minutes, 26 seconds. "This is T.O.," he said, announcing that the conference call was live and ready to begin.
    Terrell Owens always knows how to make an entrance.

    He isn't ready to say he's making an exit from the 2004 season, either. Owens sounded ready to do anything possible to make it back to the playing field should the Eagles be fortunate enough to win two playoff games and advance to the Super Bowl on Feb. 6 in Jacksonville, FL.

    "I feel like I'm a pretty good healer. I'll see how my body responds to all of that," said Owens as reporters and television cameras crowded around a speaker phone in the media room at the NovaCare Complex on Monday.


    WR Terrell Owens is taking the positive approach to his recovery
    "Believe me, I'm already on top of that. I've already moved my hyperbaric chamber down to my living room. I'll be in that trying to get myself back on the field as soon as I can. I'm going to be smart about the situation."

    Owens spent most of his Monday being poked, prodded and tested. His right anke, deemed sprained on Sunday, was targeted for surgery less than 24 hours later.

    After an early-morning MRI at the NovaCare Complex, Owens was taken to Baltimore to visit ankle specialist Dr. Mark Myerson.

    There he found out the injury was far more serious than a simple sprain.

    "I went down there optimistic, kind of hoping for the best and I got the worst of news," said Owens. "But, things happen and you've just got to move on from it. I'm just sad from the standpoint of not being there with the guys in the playoffs. I know these next two games are sort of meaningless, but not really.

    "My thing was, I was really looking forward to the playoffs, really trying to get this team to the Super Bowl. I think that without me they can still achieve that goal.

    Owens took the time to speak with quarterback Donovan McNabb, wide receivers Todd Pinkston and Freddie Mitchell, head coach Andy Reid and safety Brian Dawkins before talking to reporters.

    "I wanted to let those guys know that I'm behind them. I'm going to be their biggest cheerleader. Coach Reid called me earlier today," said Owens. "It's just something that is unfortunate at the wrong time."

    And yet ...

    "It doesn't stop with me. Just like when guys went down early in the season. (Defensive end N.D.) Kalu went down weeks before trainign camp. Somebody has to step in ... everybody has to step up. There's no reason for everybody to get down, no reason for the City of Philadelphia to get down because I'm not there.

    "Obviously, my presence will be missed, but we have the guys that can get it done. I truly mean that."
    -12-21-2004, 10:44 AM
  • Nick
    Sources: Rams in pursuit of Terrell Owens
    by Nick
    I don't think that Owens would be a good fit in terms of Spags' Four Pillars, nor do I know how good of a role model he'd be as a veteran presence for a young group of receivers. But this is the report that's out there, and Mortensen notes on Twitter that both Rams HC Spagnuolo and OC Shurmur were both in Philly when TO was there....
    -07-24-2010, 01:07 PM
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