At the polls: Fans say no to T.O. the Diva

Terrell Owens didn't have much of an impact in Buffalo last season. (Mike Groll/Associated Press)

Terrell Owens didn't have much of an impact in Buffalo last season. (Mike Groll/Associated Press)

The fans have spoken and they don’t want the Falcons to sign wide receiver Terrell Owens.

There was a combined “No” vote of 57%, so you political science majors know that we won’t to have a runoff.

No, he’s too much of a diva (32%) and No, he’ll poison Matt Ryan’s young career were the leaders in the four-question poll.

Here’s how the poll turned out.

Should the Falcons sign Terell Owens?

• No, he’s too much of a diva. (32%, 877 Votes)

• No, he’ll poison Matt Ryan’s young career. (25%, 691 Votes)

• Yes, the receiver corps is thin after Roddy White. (24%, 659 Votes)

• Yes, you can never have too many good football players. (19%, 490 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,717

Our buddy and fellow Bison, Steve Wyche has Seattle showing some interest in T.O. Of course, the Falcons play the Seahawks on Dec. 19.

69 comments Add your comment

Delbert D.

May 21st, 2010
4:47 pm

That’s right. Absolutely we did.

Falcons 4 Real

May 21st, 2010
4:48 pm

The farther T.O. ends up from Atlanta the better.


May 21st, 2010
5:16 pm

I concur Falcons 4 real

Bird Backer

May 21st, 2010
5:27 pm


Section 108

May 21st, 2010
5:30 pm

Can you honestly tell me he’s not better than Jenkins? I understand his Diva issues, but TO is on the downhill backside of his career and he knows it. He knows it’s time to get with a winning organization and play nice before he gets too old – i.e. he can be controlled at this point in his career. I say, if you can pick him up for cheap enough, then take him. It couldn’t be worse than what we’ve already been through with Vick, where I might add, half the dang stadium still wears the No #7 Jersey and almost gave him a standing ovation when he threw a bomb and got a running TD on us last year……

I’m telling ya, TO can still run good routes and has some game left. Think about it!!! TO, Roddy, and Tony G all lining up on the same offense, we’d be unstoppable!!!

Greg from Marietta

May 21st, 2010
5:39 pm

Thank goodness the fans were smart enough to know what a cancer he can be to a team, just look at what he’s done everywhere he has been. But it really doesn’t matter how the fans voted because the Falcons management is much smarter than all those that voted “yes” and they wouldn’t touch him with a ten foot pole. If he does go to Seattle then great! He’ll be their problem not ours.

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Greg from Marietta

May 21st, 2010
5:41 pm

@ Section 108

You are dreaming if you think he would change his ways – a leopard doesn’t change its spots!

joe white

May 21st, 2010
5:44 pm

I would love to have T.O here. Have you guys looked last year at him in buffalo and he was not a problem and they did not win. T.O now wants a ring and is still a top 10 wr, for cheap and with him in the line up to go along side roddy and tony. Every week the other team DC will not sleep at all cause you cant double all three and that will open micheal turner for the run. Come on football people lets think winning chips and not personality. rememeber we are trying a superbowl

joe white

May 21st, 2010
5:46 pm

he was not a cancer in buffalo


May 21st, 2010
5:48 pm

It’s funny how so many people want T.O but then again it’s funny how so many people think Obama is doing a good job.


May 21st, 2010
5:48 pm

None of this matters one tiny little bit, because the Falcons would never consider for even a second picking up TO. But, for the sake of argument, TO is WASHED UP! He’s OLD. Besides that, even if he was still a good player, IT’S NOT WORTH IT!!! Why bring in a guy who is going to destroy the team? For what? 50-60 rec. and 600-700 yds? NO WAY!!!!


May 21st, 2010
6:06 pm

NO,NO,and NOOOOO!!! Atlanta is just getting over their last bout with “it’s all abut me players”. The organization looks and acts closer to a team atmosphere. Sign on door NO DIVA’S ALLOWED

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May 21st, 2010
6:27 pm

He may be a “diva” (goddamn I hate that word, but oh well) but at least he can back it up with performance. Our previous divas were no-talent douches like Vick and Hall.


May 21st, 2010
6:38 pm

The reason he wasn’t a problem in Buffalo is because Buffalo isn’t a huge media market like Philly, San Fran, or Dallas. He comes here, he goes back to his diva-ness.


May 21st, 2010
6:46 pm

all you people saying washed up well just look at Randy Moss everyone said he could not make it inNew England with his attitude and said he was old and washed up too.remember our GM is from the patriots and i know T.O. is better than Micheal Jenkins who dropped a few big passes aginst the Saints last year that would have been touchdowns.


May 21st, 2010
6:52 pm

T.O. is passed washed up and a bad case of cancer.We need more pass rushers not a punk.


May 21st, 2010
7:14 pm


Jacob Cohen

May 21st, 2010
7:15 pm

You Atlanta idiots are the worse fans anyway. If he’s still one of the best receivers why wouldn’t you want him? You take the good with bad but that’s why Atlanta is the worst sports city in Atlanta. You’d rather go 7-9 and not make the playoffs again… Right?

The Truth

May 21st, 2010
7:40 pm

Jacob Cohen is packing a two incher.

come on

May 21st, 2010
7:43 pm

i do not understand why people use the randy moss example for TO. moss is 33 and TO will be 37 this season. the age gap is just crazy, face it TO is a mid level at best wr now. so why would anyone think about signing him. even dallas, who will take prison league players sent him out.


May 21st, 2010
8:04 pm

T.O. wants a championship before he retires. I’m sure he knows there’s very little chance of winning a ring with Atlanta in the next two years. I wouldn’t come here if I were him. We will be a championship caliber team soon, just not yet. We need upgrades on defense and on the offensive line.


May 21st, 2010
8:38 pm

Clearly, T.O. doesn’t fit into the current Falcon “ethos.” Whether that ethos will be one that will get us to the play-offs has yet to be determined. The jury is out on the T.D. & Smith regime until they get us there. Remember, it was Arthur Blank, that great judge of character and talent, who was enraptured with Jim Mora and his notebooks. He was enraptured with T.D. & Smith, too. Was the Mora pick an exception? Was it, sadly, the rule? We shall see.


May 21st, 2010
8:50 pm

You clowns in Atlanta don’t have a clue about football; that’s why the Falcons can’t make it to the playoffs now. T.O. is far from washed up. Apparently many of you haters didn’t observe him last season. If I were him I’d wouldn’t want to come to a team that can barely reach .500 every season. The Falcons are sorry!


May 21st, 2010
10:34 pm

We clowns in Atlanta don’t have a clue. Mark, what is your problem dude? T.O. is a has been, he can no longer help a team win. He can only bring a team down. We have a T.O. already in M. Jenkins. Hell he can drop a ball a good as T.O. can.


May 21st, 2010
10:37 pm

T.O., I’ve got the Saskatchewan Roughriders on line one.


The Real Falcon

May 21st, 2010
11:18 pm

This is what I have realized about Atlanta sports fans. They don’t know what it takes to win. They think you have to like a player for him to be of any value to helping our teams win. They hold it against a player if he wants more money but are fine with ownership and management that is less than average (see Thrashers). They are jealous of the saliers that players make and think they should just accept whatever is offerred.
The city will always get the worst players, the less experienced coaches and remain at the bottom due to this fan attitude.

David Granger

May 21st, 2010
11:25 pm

My actual vote was more like “Good God, Orlando…what the hell is WRONG with you?”…but I guess that was just lumped in with the “No…too much of a diva” pile.

The Real Falcon

May 21st, 2010
11:25 pm

2009 55 829 15.1 98 5 6 54 9.0 29 1 1 0


2009 50 635 12.7 50 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0

Look at the stats, if you didn’t know who it was which would a team rather have?

The Real Falcon

May 21st, 2010
11:27 pm

Only someone calling it self the Truth woud comment on a man’s tool.


May 22nd, 2010
12:28 am

Jacob Cohen is gay and his grandmother dresses him kind of funny!


May 22nd, 2010
12:38 am

Can we get over this? Can we quit reviewing this? Are we done yet? Need my Falcs to be smart, unsullied and well, not TO’d.

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May 22nd, 2010
2:06 am

I say sign Owens if he is willing to PAY the Falcons 8 to 10 million $ for the year, and agrees to have his lips crazy glued.


May 22nd, 2010
4:29 am

The Real Falcon = T.O.

Come on TO is old and has baggage….and he has no one to blame but himself!….he dug his own grave.

BTW people…. forgettin about someone named HARRY DOUGLAS!!??????!!

He is a one-man team with a mouth

May 22nd, 2010
6:18 am

No Thanks–we will be a better team without his mouth and post game antics


May 22nd, 2010
6:21 am

When comparing stats shouldn’t you include bridges burned, QB’s thrown under the bus, and oh yeah I see they are tied for rings. When Pac Man is already signed and you are still looking there is a reason. If TO really wants a ring I think Rick has one at his shop on Pawn Stars.


May 22nd, 2010
7:17 am

Jacob Cohen…..You are right, you take the bad with the good. In this case the Falcons can avoid that type of decision by just saying no to someone elses aging superstar. The Falcons Mgt. is a smart group of folks. This decision is really quite easy for them. Let the other guy be sleepless in Seattle! He is just another player at this stage of his career trying to pick up a few more big checks. Won’t see him in Atl.


May 22nd, 2010
7:46 am


May 21st, 2010
8:04 pm
I’m going to disagree with you. Look, New Orleans was no more ready or predicted to
go to the Super Bowl, much less win the thing. Their defense was ranked 25th at the end of the regular season. Both games against New Orleans last year the Falcons were close to beating them. The Falcons are not far off the mark and with the upgrades on defense and a healthy offense it should make for one exciting season.

How much longer is the AJC going to try to milk this T.O. teet?
It’s gave out of milk guys.

Marvin Mangrum

May 22nd, 2010
8:24 am

I cant imagine any team of grownups allowing that thing to be a member. Among certain groups of people is there no sense of maturity, no sense of teammanship? I once coached kids and even then the stuff t.o. does was just not even thought of, and if any of the kids did those things it would have been their last day. I do not get it!


May 22nd, 2010
8:40 am

Falcons need someone to help Roddy White. TO has behaved recently. Could fill some seats as well. His weak season in Buffalo is a result of how they used him. Sign him quick.

Donovan McNabb

May 22nd, 2010
8:57 am

Tough luck, T.O. The Arena Football League is always an option, though. If that fails, well, there’s always Barber College.

Patrick "Dalton" Swayze

May 22nd, 2010
8:59 am

Hey, wait a minute….that “Barber College” line was mine from “Roadhouse”!!

Don Corleone

May 22nd, 2010
9:04 am

The Falcons don’t need another version of Me-angelo Hall on the offensive side of the ball. Sooooo….I’m-a gonna talk-a to this bigshot Arthur Blank……and I’m-a gonna make him an offer he don’t refuse……

jeffrey d

May 22nd, 2010
9:29 am

1) TO has been a lot tamer and seems more mature in recent years. I’ve hardly heard a peep from him
2) Look what happened when the Patriots traded for former diva Randy Moss. Both him and Brady had career years (and that’s saying something)

white mann

May 22nd, 2010
9:36 am

Can someone tell me what does President, and yes the correct way to adress him is President Obama have to do with this topic,but anyway the falcons will never do anything with fans like we have in ga,that just can’t get over the color barrier.

Charlie Sicola

May 22nd, 2010
10:33 am

This is the first time TO has been mentioned coming to the Falcons. The last time there was not poll but a lot to e-mail went to Falcon Headquarters suggesting if TO came season ticket holders would leave. Never bring him here.


May 22nd, 2010
11:04 am

Apparently the ‘Con fans are not very many. No one wants to admit to being a ‘Con fan in public. How sad.

T.O. would tell your punk ass, sissy QB exactly what he is a “punk ass sissy.”

I played with Steve Young and D Mac and Romo, WTF is Matty Ice? Get me a real QB so I can ball.

T.O. ’s reality show would be an upgrade to the ATL housewives/hookas :)


May 22nd, 2010
11:30 am

I’m impressed DOL, most college grads today don’t have the slightest idea how to do fractions & percents….way to go dude.


May 22nd, 2010
11:41 am

NOLA….get your bigoted crap out of here…Steve Young won’t even acknowledge the fool, I don’t remember any tears being shed when he slithered out of Philly and lord knows even Romeo Jones didn’t want him back in Big D…so if he’s such fantastic teammate and such game a breaking threat how come nobody else is beating down his door…could it be that he’s the “PUNK ASS Sissy” that you spoke of!