Five years ago today, I got my popcorn ready.
On March 7, 2009, the Bills signed Terrell Owens to a one year deal worth $6.5 million. Owens was coming off of a strong season with the Cowboys, but was cut in an attempt to improve the locker room atmosphere in Dallas. T.O. knew exactly what to say at his introductory press conference:
“I’m leaving America’s team [for] North America’s team,” Owens said at a news conference.
The signing excited me. Buffalo had some playmakers on offense. At running back, the Bills had Marshawn Lynch and Fred Jackson. The wide receiver duo of Terrell Owens and Lee Evans looked pretty good on paper too. I know I wasn’t the only one excited for the move.
A press conference was held for Owens by Mayor Byron Brown and VH1 who was in town filming The T.O. Show. Before even playing a snap with the Bills, Owens was given a key to the city.
Ultimately, Owens didn’t help the Bills end their playoff drought. It’s hard to blame T.O. when his quarterbacks were Trent Edwards, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brian Brohm. That’s pretty tough to overcome. Buffalo never stood a chance when you add in the fact that Dick Jauron was the team’s head coach at the start of the season.
Owens finished the 2009 season with 55 receptions for 829 yards and six total touchdowns. His top highlight in 2009 was setting the record for the team’s longest touchdown reception on a 98 yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick. The 98 yard reception and all of T.O.’s scores can forever be remembered thanks to this clip:
Buffalo’s 2009 season didn’t go as Bills fans had hoped, but Terrell Owens made every game worth watching. His stint in Buffalo was short, but thoroughly enjoyable. That’s why I wanted to celebrate Terrell Owens’ five year anniversary of signing with the Bills.
Six o’clock in the morning is a bit too early to eat popcorn, so I celebrated Owens’ five year anniversary by eating some T.O.’s. Honey Nut Toasted Oats. It was delicious.
My only regret? Not ordering a “I Love Me Some T.O.’s” t-shirt that was advertised on the back of the box.
Want to wish Owens a Happy Anniversary? Send him a tweet @terrellowens and tell him the #BillsMafia sent you.