“That just shows you their type of class and integrity. They claim to be first class and the best organization. It’s an embarrassment and it shows the lack of class that they really have…..The Eagles would be undefeated right now with Green Bay’s quarterback. We’d probably be in a much better position with him on the team (instead of present Eagles quarterback Donavon McNabb).”
Terrell Owens (TO) after the Eagles organization failed to provide a stadium acknowledgement after his 100th career touchdown reception in their victory over San Diego on October 23, 2005.
DR. G’s COMMENTS: How do you spell “team?” T.O.-ME of course! As of this writing TO has been permanently suspended from the Eagles because of his attitude, “high maintenance” personality and inability to comprehend that football is actually a team game. The point of this episode is clear. TO is one of the best receivers in the game and a potential Hall of Famer. However, his behavior gives one the impression that he doesn’t have a clue about what it means to be part of a real team. Just because you may be God’s gift to creation in your sport does not give you the right to think that you can say or do anything on your squad and everyone will put up with it because you’re so good. Your athletic ability and talent is totally wasted if you are not a team player. There is no room for selfishness, a big ego and blatant disrespect for your mates on a winning team. If you are more concerned with “ME,” your stats, playing time and involvement in all the key plays, then you are going to systematically alienate your teammates, coaches and fans. Pretty soon your outrageous behavior, selfishness and rotten attitude will speak far louder than even your biggest accomplishments in the sport. The mark of a truly great athlete is that he/she makes all those around him/her better. He brings his teammates up. He doesn’t knock them down. A great athlete is not distracted by whether his/her greatness is being regularly celebrated by those around him/her. He is secure enough in himself that he doesn’t need this outward show of hero worship. Selfishness is tacky in sports. Be a class act. Be a team player. Respect your teammates and coaches.