Terrell Owens has never been the type of player to avoid controversy. After all, it was a common occurrence during his career for teams to look the other way on many of his antics simply due to how absurdly talented he was on the field. The Buccaneers know something about this from recent experience….
Even though he has had some outlandish takes since his retirement from football, he also has many solid takes, and he recently did bring to attention a glaring issue with the current NFL rules that is most-certainly felt by many other football fans and players alike.
On his twitter, Owens wasted no time at all calling out the hypocrisy of the league when dealing with illegal or dangerous hits to players that aren’t quarterbacks.
Owens used Tampa Bay Buccaneer Chris Godwin as the highlight of his argument.
Owens asked why dangerous hits to players’ knees — like the one Godwin took against the Saints, which ultimately tore his ACL — go unpunished by the refs or the league in general, whereas, God forbid, any players barely touch a QB and you can expect to see multiple flags fly and a roughing the passer call inbound.
Owens certainly has a point. This isn’t a small issue either. This affects players’ livelihoods.
When wide receivers suffer injuries like Godwin, that can dismantle whole careers and destroy the potential for players to earn the money they would have if they weren’t hurt.
Obviously, football is a physical game and people will undoubtedly get injured. That isn’t the problem though.
Owens and many others just want to see the league put the same effort into protecting non-quarterbacks from dirty or dangerous hits as they do into protecting quarterbacks, which really isn’t asking too much.
At the very least, the league should just get rid of all preferential treatment for any position. Either option would be better than the current hypocritical stance the league is taking which is what Owens correctly highlighted with his tweet.
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