In what will be viewed as a huge blow to his bid to return to the NFL, wide receiver Terrell Owens has been released by the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League after missing a scheduled appearance at a local children’s hospital, per the Wranglers’ team website:
“It is difficult to look other players on this team in the eyes and tell them that being a team player is important…that giving it your all on the field every night is our expectation, when another member of this team is not operating by these standards”, stated team President and Co-Owner Tommy Benizio. ”The proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back for Mr. Owens was his no – show to a scheduled appearance at a local children’s hospital with other Wrangler players and coaches. It is not the desire of the Allen Wranglers’ organization to disappoint fans by having our most notable player miss a scheduled appearance.”
“Our fans are amongst the best in the league, and 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,” Frankel said in a statement released to ESPNDallas.com. “We need to do what is best for this team, our fans and this community.”
“It’s disappointing and unfortunate,” Frankel said of releasing Owens, “but (he) could no longer be tolerated by the Wrangler organization.”
Owens, 38, last played in the NFL in 2010 for the Cincinnati Bengals in their steel building arena Paul Brown Stadium, posting solid stats 72 catches for 983 yards and 9 touchdowns before going down with a torn left meniscus in his left knee in week 14. Owens attempted to return to the NFL for the 2011 season but was unable to secure any contract offers. Owens made his debut for the Wranglers February 26th, catching three touchdowns. Owens appeared in eight games with the Wranglers, catching 35 passes for 420 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Despite his Hall of fame worthy individual statistics, Owens has a well- documented reputation as a locker room cancer from his playing days with the Niners, Eagles and Cowboys. In 15 seasons, Owens is among the NFL career leaders in receptions (1,078, sixth all-time) receiving yards (15,934, second) and receiving touchdowns (153, second).