TYLER, TX (KLTV) - On the field, he's considered one of the best players in the game. But off the field he was called a distraction. Late last night the Dallas Cowboys released Terrell Owens.
For the past few weeks there have been reports from anonymous Cowboys sources that several players and coaches were unhappy with Owens' impact on team chemistry. It was not the first time. In 2003, he bashed San Francisco quarterback Jeff Garcia. Not long after joining the Eagles, problems started with T.O. calling them a classless organization and reports of fights with quarterback Donovan McNabb. He joined the Cowboys in 2006. That same year he spit in the face of Atlanta Falcon Deangelo Hall after a play. After the Redskins game in September he complained about not getting enough receptions. In December there were reports of fights with Tony Romo and Jason Witten. Despite that, Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones had mixed feelings about letting Owens go.
"This was certainly a tough decision and I have all the feelings that I should have as far as Terrell, the great player that he is and the impact that he has made," said Jerry Jones. "I just do appreciate what he has been for our team, but we certainly felt that this decision was the way we out to go."
Despite his shenanigans on the field, observers say nobody works harder on it. During his three seasons with the Cowboys, T.O. racked up more than a thousand yards each season, and 38 touchdowns.
Some East Texans say, when it comes to hiring, talent is important, but it's not everything. There will be no more number 81 jersey's to sell, and now one less player to help fill the seats inside the new stadium. Was it the right decision to let T.O. go?
"[He's] gotta go," said Andre Crawford, owner of One Stop Barber Shop. "[It's as] simple as that."
"You can't dodge wrenches and try to work," said Charlie Martin, owner of Bud Jone's Garage.
"He's all about telling you the things he's done, and that attitude just doesn't work real well," said Donnie Thedford, general manager of Don's TV and Appliance.
Donnie Thedford says he relates the atmosphere inside Don's TV and appliance like a football team.
"A lot of times the salesmen are the ones who get all of the glory," said Thedford. "They're kind of like the quarter back. Then we have our delivery guys and our service guys that really make things happen, like sometimes the linemen do."
But they're all important. Even a superstar salesman with all the clients and commission in the world wouldn't fit in at Don's.
"We do have one or two that probably stand out more than others as far as numbers, but those guys are humble," said Thedford.
"I'm looking for someone who has the skills that we need to do the day to day operation of repairing a car," said Martin.
T.O. has the skills, and Martin says he's worked with some great mechanics, but a "T.O." in the shop bay...
"I couldn't [have one] because once that attitude develops enough and it boiled over into the customer accounts that you had, you wouldn't have anything for him to be a superstar on," said Martin.
Some say working with the "T.O.s" of the world has it's benefits.
"You got to have something that makes you stand out I guess," said Jonathan Marchbanks, a barber at One Stop. "To me, it's going to make me want to do better."
Crawford has had a few barbers come through his shop in past 11 years.
"We have good chemistry here," said Crawford. "You can get one chance, maybe two, but three or four, I wouldn't do it."