Florida Football 100 For 100, No. 60: Brent Pease Doesn't Want "Terrell Owens Types"

Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

There are 10 days until Florida's September 1 opener with Bowling Green. There are 60 entries left in the 100 For 100 series. Will we get there? (Stop being negative, yo.)

Brent Pease seems like he's going to be a good interview as Florida's offensive coordinator. That said, this part of what he told reporters on Wednesday is something I really agree with mixed with something I think is troubling.

"I’m going to tell you this: We’re not just sticking anybody out there that looks pretty and can run. They better go out there and perform. They better go out there and block.

"If you came here thinking, ‘I was labeled this, labeled that,’ you might not see some people. You go out there and you make plays. That’s the bottom line at that position. We don’t want any of these Terrell Owens guys."

Here's a short list of what the only Terrell Owens-type player in NFL history I know of has done in the NFL:

  • Second all-time in receiving yards
  • Second all-time in receiving touchdowns
  • Sixth all-time in receptions
  • Most TD receptions in a season in franchise history for both the Eagles and Cowboys
  • Came back from a severely sprained ankle and fractured fibula in six weeks, had nine catches and 122 yards in Super Bowl XXXIX
  • Tied league record for catches in a game
  • Led league in receiving touchdowns at 33

If Pease doesn't want spoiled prima donnas who think they deserve playing time and don't want to work for it, he should say that; everyone would get what he meant, and probably agree. But if a player being a prima donna — which Owens is, among other faults, despite being an all-galaxy talent — means that Pease wouldn't want a player with Owens' talents, I think Pease would be making an enormous mistake in passing on him. And I sure hope he doesn't do that at Florida.

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