Reportedly Terrell Owens (49ers, Eagles, Cowboys, Bengals, Bills) possible hall of famer has been offered a six figure contract int he Indoor Football League ESPN reports.
That would be an AWESOME DEAL for him, but honestly this makes me (personally) mad. Being that I will be playing for the UIFL which is basically the exact same league kind of what the NFL is to the CFL, same game different yardage of playing field and number of players on the field. This makes me mad because he was offered 6 figures, up to half a million dollars ($500,000).
Why does this make me mad? Because every player in that league and my league, the league cap is about $250-$400 a game for around a 16 game season. Ultimately a maximum of $6,400. NOT EVEN A QUARTER (1/4) OF WHAT TERRELL HAS BEEN OFFERED!!!!!!!
What also makes me mad about this…Steven A. Smith put his two cents in saying that Terrell should not do this because (along with other things) “playing in a league where a guy is coming from their welding job coming from their construction job…” making it sound like the league is for a bunch of dreamers who will never get an actual shot at another professional team. Making it sound like the guys have no college athletic experience or no experience at all.
This league may have guys coming from other jobs to bust their butts on this playing field, but is not just some regular joes coming to play a pick up game for fun to relive their glory days. From what I have researched, some of these guys are really TALENTED and just were never able to get in front of the right people to show case their talents. NAIA guys…D-3 guys…D-2 guys…even BCS D-1 players are in this league. Guys are coming to these leagues to play to get more film, to get bigger/better/stronger/faster, so to make it seem like this league is a joke is RIDICULOUS!
Do I think T.O. should play in this league, he loves this game. He is a professional football player. He’s played in the NFL for over a DECADE as a start WR one of the most prolific athletes in the world. If he still has that drive to play, I say why not? But if he is only doing this for money, he is going to have a hard time in the league, just because, like Steven A said…there are going to be a lot of guys trying to get after him to make a name for themselves. And if he is not aware he could be injured or something like that.
Ultimately it will be his decision. Just wanted to voice my opinion on it.