Terrell Eldorado Owens, renowned American football wide receiver who is a free agent of the National Football League, is in the headlines for being dropped from the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League. This is a huge blow to his career because he was already having a hard time finding a decent spot in a team of NFL and now he has been dropped from an IFL team.
Owens is a great player with a good past track record. He is a six-time Pro Bowl selection and holds or shares several National Football League records. He even features in the all-time top-five in several receiving categories, including yards and touchdowns.
The Allen (Texas) Wranglers announced on Sunday that they had eliminated him from the squad, adding that Owens would also lose his ownership stake in the franchise. The Wranglers owner Jon Frankel stated reasons behind this tough decision. Apparently, Owens had refused to play in two upcoming road games with possible playoff implications, along with his refusal to show up for a charity event at a local children's hospital.
Frankel explained the predicament by saying, "It is impossible to maintain a player when even our fans notice and comment on a player's lack of effort both on and off the field. We need to do what is best for this team, our fans and this community," according to an LA Times report.
Fans wanted to hear what Owens has to say about all this. He reached out to them with a statement through his publicist, saying that he appreciated the opportunity Frankel and the organization had given him. However, he said that the way he was let go was “unfortunate.” Owens added that his legal team was "addressing the details of the Wranglers release statement" and that he would continue to focus on returning to the NFL.
singed a contract with Dallas-area Wranglers in February for a reported six-figure salary along with partial ownership of the team. He was supposed to be playing in eight of the team's 11 games.
Owens is as renowned for his flamboyant touchdown celebrations and public persona as he is for his talent on the field. Let’s hope he lands in a good squad soon.