The former Eagle has landed.
(Too much? Too lame? Eh, I don't care...)
After several hours of delays, new Bills wideout Terrell Owens arrived at Buffalo/Niagara International Airport on Sunday night and was greeted by cheerleaders, excited fans and a VH1 film crew. Apparently, some of the fans went so far as to dress up as popcorn. Others went for the more traditional coordinated painted chests. But all in all, it sounds like it was a warm, wild welcome.
"Honestly, it was priceless," Owens said. "I really didn’t expect it. It's the biggest welcome I've ever had ... Going down the escalator and seeing that big crowd of people, it really got me pumped for this year."
Teammates and onlookers described Owens' demeanor as quiet and reserved as he tried to get acclimated to his new surroundings. In what everyone will laud as a sign of things to come, Trent and Owens had the biggest play of practice when they connected on a 60-yard touchdown pass.
"He's talented and a physical guy that catches the ball well and moves well," said Trent Edwards. "He's obviously in great shape. He's running deep comeback routes one after the other and my job is to get comfortable with him and the rest of the guys. And I thought it was a great start."
"I was just trying to get the plays down," Owens said. "We've got a lot of verbiage going in. So I was really trying to concentrate on snap count and listening to the plays."
After practice, there was no rest for T.O. as he was whisked away to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery where Mayor Byron Brown presented him with a key to the city. However, the mayor warned Owens that he would take back the gift if he didn't catch 10 touchdowns for the Bills this season. Owens has caught at least 10 touchdowns in his last 5 full seasons (in '05, when the Eagles benched him during their break-up, he had 6 touchdowns in 7 games).
"The 10 touchdowns won't be a problem," Owens said. "With the help of my teammates, the playoffs shouldn't be a problem, either."
HAH! God, we hope so, Terrell...
p.s. While writing this, I discovered that Terrell Owens has caught 10 or more touchdowns in eight of his thirteen seasons in the league. Since 2000, he's only had less than 10 twice. One of those times was the aforementioned shortened season in Philly and the other was when he caught 9 in 2003 with San Francisco. But quarterback Jeff Garcia only had 18 that entire season! I'll just keep telling myself that THIS is why we signed him ... not for tickets ... not just for tickets.