Terrell Owens's Downward Spiral (w/ VIDEO of his workout)

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Finding fitness, if not a job.
"I definitely feel there are some teams out there that are interested." -- Terrell Owens after his workout on Tuesday

"Just because they weren't there doesn't mean they weren't interested. I can guarantee that all 32 teams were interested." -- Owens's agent Drew Rosenhaus after Owens's workout on Tuesday

Forget "all." If any of the 32 teams in the league are interested in Terrell Owens's services, they sure have a funny way of showing it.

On Tuesday afternoon, Owens, 37 years old and coming off surgery to repair a defective anterior cruciate ligament, conducted a workout in Calabasas, California, so that he could show 32 NFL teams that he was healthy and ready to be a viable option in their passing games.

There was only one problem. No NFL teams showed up for the workout.

Whether teams stayed away because they were genuinely uninterested or because they could actually watch the workout on television without having to answer questions from the media about why their teams might be interested in inflicting a 6-foot-3, 224-pound headache on their locker rooms, neither of those things is clear.

Yes, the Terrell Owens workout was televised, in its entirety, by both ESPN and the NFL Network, which, depending on how this story of the 2011 season ends for Owens, will either be remembered as a brilliant PR move by Owens's camp (read: Rosenhaus) or, more likely, as the next rung on which Owens clunks his head as he plummets downward into the hybrid world of spectacle and reality celebrity.

Rock bottom is not that far away.

In a metaphorical sense, it was actually appropriate that the only entities to show up to watch Owens work out were television networks, cameras and media. Despite otherworldly physical tools and a laudable competitive streak between the lines on Sundays, for some reason Owens has been far more interested in force-feeding us his personal on the sideline/in the press room/off the field circus than in letting his physical talent speak for itself.

In short, for a guy who played football hard and played football well, Owens seemed to think we all wanted a celebrity, not a football player. And Tuesday, the career arc of the pathetic Hollywood star continued on its downward trajectory.

If you think about it, at its functional core, Owens's biography is not all that different from any random television celebrity's -- a modest upbringing leads to a meteoric rise, and pretty soon celebrity becomes mishandled. Before you know it, you've burned a bunch of bridges and you're doing reality TV.

Somewhere between reality TV and rock bottom, the fallen star probably makes an infomercial pimping some random product that everyone "has to have" and in the back of his mind, despite the bullshit he's shoveling, the star knows the product is useless.

That was Tuesday, Terrell Owens in full-on infomercial mode, with his carnival barker pitch man (Rosenhaus) by his side, telling all 32 teams that they need themselves some T.O. The only thing missing was an 800 number and an offer for "TWO T.O.'s for the same price if you CALL NOW!!"

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"Next and last stop on the celebrity tumble for an actor would normally be porn."

Uhmm, can you back that up with enough examples to justify the use of the word "normally?"  I'm sure there are some I don't know about, but I have heard of exactly one former child star ending up in porn.  I didn't realize porn was so often the natural end to an actor's career.  I thought that was reality shows and Japanese commercials.


I bet I could get more interest from an NFL scout and I haven't played organized football since that one day in the eighth grade! So Pathetic.

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If even Jerry Jones got rid of that nimrod, he is bad news.

The only difference between T.O. and Dennis Rodman is a few piercings and a wedding dress.


"It wasn't an isolated instance either. I saw him no fewer than three more times that weekend walking around the hotel by himself. Above all else, he seemed kind of like a lonely dude."

Hey, thanks for bumming me out. Good thing I have a 20 reasons to live IN MY WALLET ALONE


Yeah, he's old, has shaky hands, and probably can't beat anyone down the field, but he caught 9 touchdowns for nearly 1,000 yards last year. Hard to believe that he won't get a look from even one team when you have the NFL trotting guys like Roy E. Williams, Plaxico Burress (last week was a fluke), and Jacoby Jones out there each week.

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