- Tim MacMahon, ESPN Staff Writer
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The boys on the ESPN Dallas 103.3’s “Ben and Skin Show,” fresh off their Thursday interview with Tony Romo, tried to recreate some warm, fuzzy feelings with Romo’s most famous former receiver.
They played a little word association during their weekly segment with Allen Wranglers receiver/co-owner Terrell Owens, who momentarily didn’t have much to say when Romo’s name was mentioned.
“OK, uh, next question,” T.O. said.
Really? That’s it?
Of course that wasn’t it. It didn’t take much prodding for T.O. to do what he does best: rip one of his quarterbacks.
“With that situation, dude, I’ve kind of lost my respect for that situation,” T.O. said. “Man, that’s a guy I shed tears for, I went to bat for. Then obviously, ultimately I’m not in Dallas anymore and I know he definitely had a hand in that. So, again, it’s one of those things that you kind of just have to bite your tongue and keep moving on, you know what I mean?”
Romo’s desire to get rid of T.O. might have had something to do with the former Pro Bowl receiver, who was the most popular man in the Valley Ranch locker room at the time, trying to turn most of the team against the quarterback in 2008. T.O. openly whined about Romo throwing too many balls to best buddy Jason Witten, leading a parade of receivers into Jason Garrett’s office to complain about the issue.
“I just happened to be one of those guys that really voiced my opinion,” T.O. said. “I wasn’t the only one who thought that way. There were games that other guys were open. I wasn’t saying that to get the ball thrown to me a lot more times. I wasn’t saying that to get the ball thrown to me a lot more times. I was all about winning. During the course of games and if you watch the film, there were other guys that were open that didn’t get the ball. That was my thing.
“I think that’s what’s really misconstrued is that my passion and things that I say can be viewed that I’m being selfish and it’s all about me, but my goal has always been about winning a championship. I think if you really ask my teammates that they’ll really convey that and they’ll tell you honestly that’s what I’m about.”
Not if you ask his ex-quarterback. Sniff, sniff.