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Terrell Owens is coming off his most eventful month considering that his playing career ended 8 years ago. The Pro Football Hall of Popularity revealed the induction of the NFL’s 2nd all-time leading receiver (he ranks behind only Jerry Rice in yardage), after snubbing Owens in his very first 2 years of eligibility. And that was only the start. Owens cheered one of his former groups, the Philadelphia Eagles, to a Super Bowl triumph prior to showing up in Las Vegas to anchor the brand-new Renegades show at Caesars Palace. Owens appears together with baseball great Jose Canseco and former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon for an interactive performance four nights a week through the end of April. We chatted with Owens about everything before one of his recent programs.
Did you ever visualize yourself as a Strip headliner?
Not at all. Even in my early days of coming to Las Vegas and going to the Palms– I’m good friends with the Maloofs– I ‘d remain in automobile services riding to the hotel and see individuals headlining on top of cabs, signboards. I never ever imagined being one of those individuals, however here I am years later, seeing my picture trip on the top of cabs.
IF YOU GO
– What: “Renegades”
– When: Resumes March 15, Thursday-Sunday, 8 p.m.
– Expense: $53-$103
– Where: Cleopatra’s Barge at Caesars Palace
– Phone: 702-777-2782
You’re investing a lot of time in town because of the program. What do you like to do here when you’re not performing?
I’m here basically solo, and for me personally, I’m low-key, chill. The majority of the time, I remain in my space seeing TELEVISION. From time to time, I’ll go downstairs and play a little blackjack, but that has to do with it.
Are there any topics you would rather not discuss in the program?
Not. We know exactly what’s at stake; we comprehend exactly what it means when you inform people, “Absolutely nothing is off limits.” I have not been asked any hard questions. I believe people understand me, and if they don’t know me, they get a possibility to understand who I am beyond the media representation of me. That’s one of the advantages about me wishing to do the program– a great deal of individuals have had a lot of questions about who I am over the years, especially with the Hall of Fame stuff and not getting in for a couple of years because of “character problems.”
Did the wait to obtain your Hall of Fame nod sour your enjoyment over the accomplishment?
I don’t sugarcoat too much, and yeah, I’m quite soured by exactly what transpired the previous few years. They’ve taken a lot of the satisfaction out of it by not following through on how people are nominated. In that regard, I’m not satisfied about it, however at the end of the day, I’m honored to be among about 300 guys to ever be in the Hall of Fame.
You also haven’t sugarcoated your excitement over the Eagles winning the Super Bowl. Why do you still feel such an accessory to Philadelphia?
It was basically a rematch of what took place 14 years back, so for them to obtain back on that phase versus Tom Brady, it was just a great feeling, comprehending that city is so enthusiastic. We weren’t able to finish the objective of going to Super Bowl 39 and winning, so I couldn’t be happier for the gamers, coaches and management. However truthfully, it’s the city. That’s a city that invited me with open arms. I wanted to go somewhere where I might really thrive as a receiver, and Philadelphia actually enabled me to do that. That’s why I offered everything that I had, to the point of risking my profession playing in the Super Bowl with 2 screws, a plate and a broken fibula.
Do you review your time with the Eagles as the highlight of your profession?
That and the Dallas Cowboys. However really, Andy Reid was a coach who acknowledged who I was as a talent. He realized what I could give the table, which’s where I felt I took advantage of my capabilities. I felt I was underutilized in San Francisco. The coaches there, it seemed like they didn’t use me as one of the very best gamers on the football field. When I went to Philadelphia, there wasn’t an ego that I’m sure they anticipated going there. I played well with the quarterback, with the guys that were around me and aimed to raise everybody’s video games based on what I could do with or without the football.
What’s one crazy Philadelphia sports moment that has stuck to you?
Just scoring a touchdown because arena, and the fans shouting my name to the T.O. tune (to the tune of “Ole, Ole, Ole”). I remember that like it was the other day. And my colleagues, how we really rolled for each other. It’s unfortunate it didn’t last. I have no idea if it was envy, jealousy, but it rubbed some people the incorrect way the way the city embraced me, and it triggered some tension. I have actually constantly been upcoming in stating it wasn’t me that caused the rift. I wish we might have gone on to do some greater things, and when I look back on my career, if I possibly communicated a little much better, it might have altered some things. If you think about exactly what we were doing, it was like magic and something I constantly imagined as I emerged and ended up being a star in my own right, learning from the excellent Jerry Rice. Everybody got to see what kind of gamer I was coming from San Francisco to Philadelphia.
This story initially appeared in the Las Vegas Weekly.