Cowboys Playing With Fire In Owens’ Signing

By Joe Booker
Updated: April 2, 2006

HOUSTON — If you play with fire, you will get burnt. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is playing with fire with the signing of malcontent wide receiver Terrell Owens. Jones will get burnt. It is a marriage destined to fail.

The late President Kennedy once said, “those who ride the back of the tiger end up inside.” Jones will end up inside.

Some Dallas fans feel that Jones has sold his soul to the devil—the devil being Owens. If you dance with the devil, you will get stepped on.

When Jones signed Owens for $10 million for the 2006 season, you would have thought Mike Tyson was Jones financial adviser. Tyson knows how to throw money away, also.

What kind of messages are professional teams that sign malcontent players sending to young athletes? Are young high school athletes being told if you are good, we will look the other way when you break the law?

The Denver Broncos looked the other way and signed Maurice Clarett. Clarett is just one of many athletes that have had trouble with the law that have been drafted and signed to contracts.

It doesn’t matter how bad of a character an athlete is, it is how well he can produce.

Jones acknowledged it was a risky deal. Jones should not be surprised if this relationship ends unhappily, because that’s how all of Owens’ other NFL relationships have ended.

Owens should become a politician when his career is over. He says the right thing at the right time.

“I know what’s expected of me,” Owens said at the Cowboys press conference. He also said Jones (Cowboys owner) knows who I am—not the person you read about.”

Owens is not the person who was suspended once by the 49ers and twice by the Eagles, who unmannerly blasted two Pro Bowl quarterbacks, who divided two locker rooms, who couldn’t get along with two head coaches and insulted two playoff organizations and never admitted any wrong doings.

No, that was not the person Owens said we read about. Evidently, Jones fell for it, because he signed Owens.

When Owens signed with the Eagles, his press conference was similar to the one in Dallas. He said all the right things.

“I want to thank God for the opportunity that Mr. Lurie (Jeff, the Eagles’ owner) has given me,” Owens said. “I am so excited to be here. I’m excited to play with D.Mac (McNabb) and a lot of other guys. I’m definitely feeling like I’m going to fit in real nice.”

You know how he fitted in and how well Owens and “D. Mac” got along.

Jones will keep his fingers crossed when quarterback Drew Bledsoe—who is not as talented as McNabb-fails to throw him enough passes.

Does Cowboys coach Bill Parcell want to win that badly to want Owens who is known for disrupting teams? Is he feeling the pressure to win another championship at any cost? Does he hear the echoes of the late Vince Lombardi’s voice saying,” winning is not everything, it is the only thing.”

The difference is Lombardi would never have signed a player like Owens.

When you play with fire you, you will get burnt. When you dance with the devil, you will get stepped on.