IRVING, TX - DECEMBER 20: Terrell Owens #81 of the Dallas Cowboys reacts after a play during their NFL game against the Baltimore Ravens at Texas Stadium on December 20, 2008 in Irving, Texas. The Ravens defeated the Cowboys 33-24. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Terrell Owens will make a maybe-triumphant return to the Dallas-Fort Worth area in a couple months, when he joins a horde of celebrities, athletes and celebrity-athletes (Owens probably fits the third category best) for a four day orgy of partying and basketball known as NBA All-Star weekend.
Owens, as you might remember, loves attention; there's no doubt he'll get it, either, as the host of his own party and a member of the celebrity-game (in which he is looking for a third consecutive MVP trophy).
But, apparently, the six weeks or so of relative anonymity was too much to bear for the receiver, who proceeded to let forth the sort of rant that got him a perpetually damning reputation as a trouble-maker in a recent USA Today piece. He wasn't throwing Tony Romo under the bus, specifically; nor did he utter the names "Donovan McNabb" or "Jeff Garcia."
Owens knows the difference between he and Rice, though, and it is--very predictably, it seems--not a matter of talent or discipline, on-field or off. Per USA Today:
"I know hands-down I'd be close to Jerry Rice's recordsif I had been with quality quarterbacks like he had," Owens said. "He had Joe Montana and he finished with Steve Young. That wasn't a drop-off. Say I had been with a guy like Tom Brady, Peyton Manning or Drew Brees all of my career. Are you kidding me?"