Thursday, November 29, 2007
A baffling survey about Terrell Owens
Terrell Owens is in the midst of one of, if not, the greatest season in his career. And that's quite an accomplishment, given that the 6-3, 224-pound physical specimen of a receiver has earned a 100 reception season and caught 13 or more touchdowns (this season included) in seven of 12 NFL seasons.
Given that Owens has long been attributed with his courage to go across the middle for a catch, defying lurking linebackers and safeties, and strength to break tackles and gain significant YAC, this recent Sports Illustrated players poll might baffle you.
Owens, with 20 percent of the vote of 278 polled players, was named the easiest NFL receiver to intimidate.
We've haven't the slightest idea how that's possible. Usually the easiest way to tell if a receiver is intimidated is if he drops passes. We know Owens is prone to the dropsies, but his much highlighted case last season was due to broken fingers. We've never seen T.O. run back to the huddle with his tail between his legs, but we also aren't on the field to hear the chatter. We know the chatty, self-loving Owens has an insecurity problem, so maybe defenders know what to say to get into his head.