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What if T.O. had stayed in Philly?

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

In the aftermath of the T.O. debacle in Philadelphia, it was easy for Eagles fans to hate the wide receiver. In 2004, they had fallen head over heels in love with the man, and in a flash, he was gone. Of course, he's written a book about the episode in which he cites Donovan McNabb telling him to "shut up" in the huddle as a major turning point.

But time heals a lot of wounds and repairs swollen egos. Since Wade Phillips arrived last year, Terrell Owens has been the consummate teammate -- and it's not like he was a negative influence in the locker room when Bill Parcells was in Dallas. He doesn't sit around wondering what could've been in Philly, but for some reason, McNabb does.

Without much prompting, he told me last month that he and T.O. could've been like Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison. And since then, I've read similar statements in other publications, including Sports Illustrated.

You get the feeling that McNabb spends a lot more time thinking about the past than T.O., who appears to be having the time of his life with Tony Romo, the man he tearfully referred to as "my quarterback."

And since we're on the topic, Philly Inquirer columnist Ashley Fox was in town Wednesday doing a story on how different things could've been. Funny to hear so much from former Eagle Hugh Douglas in the column. He and McNabb come across as patronizing in some of their recent comments, and that's one of the things that drove T.O. away in the first place.

I get the feeling the controversial wide receiver has moved on with his life. I'm not so sure about his former team.