T.O. Explains Why Donovan McNabb Resents Him

I’ll admit to being skeptical when I heard Terrell Owens was headed to Dallas to revitalize his career. Again. The embattled wide receiver had basically burned every bridge on his way out of town in San Francisco and Philadelphia, and there was no way he wouldn’t eventually do the same with Jerry Jones‘ Cowboys.

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Funny story: T.O. has epitomized what it’s meant to be a model teammate (save that bizarre suicide-attempt thing), and went so far as to defend his quarterback from the media during a blubber-filled, post-playoff-loss press conference last year. It was oddly refreshing.

Well, the Cowboys will play the Eagles on Monday night in the biggest matchup of the young season, and Owens used the occasion to explain why things never worked out with Philly quarterback Donovan McNabb. (Shockingly, it’s not T.O.’s fault. Didn’t see that coming):

Then Owens suggested that McNabb resented him because he was the bigger star.

“Just the excitement of me coming there [Philadelphia], it became too overwhelming for Donovan,” he said. “Other than that, I think at one point in time we had a good relationship. I think I got too big for Philly, too big for him.

“I can remember being in that stadium, hearing them cheering my name. That couldn’t bode well for Donovan to hear that. As you saw, at one point in time we were scoring touchdowns left and right. We obviously could have done some great things together, but it wasn’t me letting my pride get in the way.”

Owens did have some complimentary things to say about McNabb, but delivered them in a backhanded manner: “I honestly can say Donovan made me a better receiver in Philly, but I think it would be hard for him to admit that I made him a better quarterback.”

I have no idea if McNabb has such hang-ups, but there’s no denying that Owens made him better simply because there was nobody else on those Eagles teams to catch passes. Todd Pinkston and Freddie Mitchell notwithstanding, of course. Those guys were awesome.

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