Terrell Owens can reasonably be described as many things, including: a talented, future Hall of Fame wide receiver with a penchant for throwing his quarterbacks under the bus and destroying team chemistry. But wherever you stand on T.O. — and yes, he has his supporters — you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who thinks he’s funny. Except, naturally enough, for Owens himself, who reportedly pitched a sitcom based on his life to NBC.
“It’s loosely based on my life and my career. I have four kids by three different moms,” Owens. told The Daily. “It will showcase my skills as an actor, which is something I want to do after football.”
In 8 & 1 – a play on T.O.’s number 81 – Owens would play an NFL star named Terrell O’Neal nearing the end of his career who lives with his mother, his best friend, two baby mamas, and four kids.
And where did this hilarious conceit come from? Why, from that knee-slapping 2006 incident in which Owens overdosed while a member of the Cowboys.
“Terrell had an incident when he was in Dallas when he had that accidental overdose and mixed painkillers with supplements,” said Courtney Parker, a former writer for “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” who’s a longtime T.O. pal and the creator of the new show. “The crazier that T.O. would be on the field, the smaller the Terrell we all knew and love became. If you knew him, you’d understand the personality he invented was for football. I thought the tension would be an interesting show.”
It will probably be as interesting as Owens’s reality shows, which no one watched.