In support of T.O.

Jason Whitlock supports Terrell Owens' possible holdout because he's a star in the biggest sport, yet has no financial guarantees.

Updated: August 3, 2005, 10:40 AM ET
By Jason Whitlock | Special to Page 2

You know, in just about every professional sport that matters in the U.S., a superstar athlete can get away with loafing without damaging his or her reputation.

The lone exception is professional football. You don't play hard in football, ask any coach, and it's a recipe for getting hurt. You take a play off, you earn a lazy rep, you risk turning off your fan base, you flirt with incurring the wrath of your teammates.

Professional football leaves little wiggle room in terms of effort. ...

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