Former NFL star Terrell Owens is now also a former IFL player.
In a development that may not surprise football fans in Philadelphia, San Francisco, Dallas and perhaps an NFL city near you, the Indoor Football League team that signed Owens in January has soured on the six-time Pro Bowler. The Allen Wranglers announced on Tuesday that they have released the former NFL star, even criticizing him for a lack of commitment in a statement published on the team's website. According to the club's statement, Owens had told the team that he would not play in the important upcoming road games that could prove crucial to the team's playoff hopes.
Team President and Co-Owner Tommy Benizio said that the tipping point for Owens was when he failed to show up at a scheduled appearance with some teammates and coaches at a local children's hospital. Team owner Jon Frankel added that fans were beginning to notice Owens' lack of effort. The 38-year-old will also lose ownership stake in the team.
The Allen Wranglers are just the latest team to part ways with Owens, joining a group that includes the Cincinnati Bengals, for whom Owens played the 2010 season. But the Bengals chose not to bring him back in 2011 and during the offseason, Owens had to undergo surgery on a torn ACL.
When Owens announced that he was ready to return in October, there weren't any NFL teams knocking on his door. He even held a personal workout orchestrated by his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, which was covered by ESPN and the NFL Network.
The Driveway Workout
After getting in a heated argument with Eagles coach Andy Reid and <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2604695#Eagles" target="_hplink">getting sent home</a>, Owens decided to do his workout on his driveway.
"That's My Quarterback"
After a disappointing playoff loss to the New York Giants, <a href="http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/541161/terrell_owens_cries_during_press_conference.html" target="_hplink">Owens started crying</a> after the game when some started blaming Tony Romo.
T.O. Calls Out ESPN Reporter Ed Werder
Terrell Owens Denies Suicide Attempt
T.O. was rushed to the hospital in September of 2006 and the police report included the words "suicide" and "depression." But Owens held a press conference denying that and said it was all a misunderstanding. At the 7:25 mark, his publicist says the infamous line: "Terrell has 25 millions reasons why he should be alive."
"Just Going With The Plays That Are Called"
Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco discuss Sarah Palin running for president.
Upset After Thanksgiving Loss To Jets
Owens got a little upset after <a href="http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/gameflash/2010/11/25/4095_boxscore.html" target="_hplink">Cincinnati's 26-10 loss to the Jets</a> on Thanksgiving. He was held to just three catches for 17 yards.
April Fools Joke
Owens recently fooled Stephen A. Smith into thinking he was retiring.
Terrell Owens held a personal workout for NFL scouts to attend.. but nobody showed up by the NFL Network and ESPN.