Terrell Owens' New Reality Show Reveals Donovan McNabb's Old Leadership Problem

chris baldwinContributor IJuly 23, 2009

IRVING, TX - DECEMBER 20:  Terrell Owens #81 of the Dallas Cowboys reacts after a play during their NFL game against the Baltimore Ravens at Texas Stadium on December 20, 2008 in Irving, Texas. The Ravens defeated the Cowboys 33-24. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The Terrell Owens plunge into reality TV shows a lot of things including the fact that LA rental agents apparently jump into hot tubs faster than even Blind Date contestants.

But mostly what The T.O. Show reveals is that Donovan McNabb blew up his and Andy Reid's best chance to ever win a title in Philadelphia because he refused to stand up and be a true friend to T.O.


One doesn’t have to watch T.O.'s reality turn for more than 20 minutes to realize that this is a man who desperately needs a real friend one who isn't on his payroll.

It appears that Owens has three people who are close to him in his daily life: His paid publicist duo Kita Williams and Monique Jackson, who got him into this mess of a show to bring publicity to themselves and Pablo Cosby, his paid bodyguard/valet/room clearer.


Seriously, the kid in high school who sits all by himself at lunch has more real friends than T.O.


Owens obviously counted on McNabb to be his friend back in the day. T.O. likely figured that dream 2004 season when he caught 14 touchdowns in 14 regular season games, made the Eagles look like the best team in the NFL for much of the year and put on one of the gutsiest performances in Super Bowl history, brought him a buddy.


Instead, T.O. watched McNabb stay silent as Eliot Spitzer at a nun's convention when he asked to renegotiate his below market-value contract.


Remember, this is when it all started to fall apart. None of the craziness TO’s public swipes at McNabb, his silly shirtless sit-ups in his driveway, his fight with puffed up team ambassador Hugh Douglas began until after McNabb let him down by refusing to speak up.


This is typical of the quarterback who only looks out for himself.


McNabb never calls out an Eagles organization that stayed under the salary cap even with championship opportunities calling out in the early part of his decade. McNabb only makes waves if he’s looking for his own payday.


His latest new contract, secured this offseason, is just more case in point. McNabb wanted more weapons right until he got the money he wanted more.

Now…well, he’s more than pleased with his targets, even if the Eagles are still counting on a rookie wide receiver and a rookie secondary tailback to both produce right away. Even if DeSean Jackson will never be a Terrell Owens offense changer.


And all Owens needed was a friend, an influential teammate who'd have his back with management. It wouldn't have mattered if T.O. still didn't get his Eagles deal redone. Strong public words of support from McNabb would have been enough.


It's easy to make fun of Owens, more effortless than ever now that he's turned himself into a reality show joke and been banished to Buffalo.


The new T.O. reality show is the brainchild of his publicists and it's clearly designed to give Kita and Monique almost as much TV time as Owens. The problem for Kita and Monique is they use this platform to show that they are the most inept publicists in the history of a profession not exactly doted with Rhodes Scholars.


It's a wonder that Owens gets any work done with this amazingly annoying vapid duo around.


At one point in the first episode, Kita and Monique interrupt T.O.’s pool workout with demands that he call his ex finance. Kita also gleefully breaks out the mission mantra, "The plan is working on the man." Mo's biggest contribution is observing, "It looks like he’s been crying" on seeing Owens for the first time after his Dallas Cowboys release.


It really never looked like T.O. was crying, but hey, what athlete who's already went through a suicide scare doesn’t need a publicist who makes him appear more unstable?


Maybe Isiah Thomas can hire these two next.


Owens calls Kita and Monique his friends, and the only other person he appears close to is bodyguard/lackey Pablo who actually comes across as a decent guy. But again, he's still being paid by T.O.


This is what makes The T.O. Show more sad than anything.


Sure, Owens does manage to apparently bed the rental agent who shows him his LA house in no-time flat and bring an entire club of women home for an instant party, but that stuff seems much more fun when Vince is doing it for fake on Entourage.


In VH1's real life, T.O. is more than anything a guy who needs a real friend.


Donovan McNabb refused to step up in that regard even if it could have brought him a ring. You could argue that it's pathetic that Owens is this needy and you'd be half right. His possessive girlfriend-like traits clearly helped torpedo his Cowboys tenure too.


Watching The T.O. Show, it’s obvious why Tony Romo's buddy-buddy, secret plays relationship with tight end Jason Witten would have driven T.O. batty. This is a man who more than anything yearns to be included.


But Romo had much less to lose than McNabb. Jerry Jones will spend the money to get him another T.O.. Five years later, Joe Banner hasn't and won't.


McNabb threw away his best chance at a ring because he refused to stick up for a teammate. That's what T.O. reality TV shows. That's part of Donovan's legacy too.


A miracle mirage run to the Arizona desert last winter doesn't change this sad truth.