We're heading into Week 7 on the NFL season, the Buffalo Bills are 2-4, and Terrell Owens(notes) has caught just 15 balls through six games. Among the receivers in the NFL who have more receptions than Owens are Dennis Northcutt(notes), Keenan Burton(notes), and Kelley Washington(notes), none of whom are on the path to the Hall of Fame.
What have we heard from Owens? Not a peep. Not word one.
I felt like it was time to congratulate him on that fact. True, dozens of other receivers in the NFL aren't catching as many balls as they'd like, and the overwhelming majority of them haven't said a word about it, either, but I like to see personal growth. In life, it's not always easy to turn over a new leaf. So let's applaud Terrell Owens, as he sort of applauds himself:
"As of now, you see that I haven't had any gripes about anything," Owens told reporters Wednesday at the Buffalo Bills' facility. "I'm just going with the flow of what’s going on and going with the plays that are called."
The "as of now" part is a little bothersome, because it implies that this might be a temporary situation, but I'm willing to glance past that. The fact of the matter is that Terrell Owens isn't producing, the Bills aren't very good, and he's gone almost seven weeks without whining or throwing any teammates under the bus. With 100% seriousness, I congratulate him on that, because I wasn't sure he could do it.
It's a long season, though, and if the losses mount for the Bills (my guess is that they will), it'll be harder and harder for Terrell Owens to remain a team player. But you can do it, T.O. I believe in you.