Even as they were leading the Philadelphia Eagles to one of their most impressive stretches of dominance in team history, quarterback Donovan McNabb and star receiver Terrell Owens didn't exactly have the best relationship.
To be fair, not many quarterbacks got along with Owens, but his relationship with McNabb was particularly strained, even as the Eagles made it all the way to Super Bowl XXXIX following the 2004 season.
Owens has certainly kept up with second-year quarterback Carson Wentz and the 8-1 Eagles this year, and was asked to compare McNabb and Wentz by TMZ Sports on Thursday.
T.O.'s answer started out innocently enough, as you can see in the video below from TMZ Sports, as Owens praises what Wentz has done this year:
“I haven’t played with Carson, but from what I’ve seen and what I’ve heard, I mean, he’s the real deal. They are two different quarterbacks. Obviously, McNabb, he’s a running quarterback. Wentz, he’s more of a pocket passer. He can make some things happen with his feet if need be, but they’re two different (players).”
Those are some very fair points, as Wentz has looked like a legitimate MVP candidate so far this year and has the Eagles sitting atop the NFC standings.
However, when asked if he'd rather play with McNabb or Wentz, Owens makes the surprising choice of Wentz, knowing immediately that his answer is a controversial one:
“Oh, I’d probably go with Carson Wentz," he says before laughing and walking away from the interviewer.
The TMZ reporter followed Owens, though, asking if he thought McNabb would be mad about that. Owens responded that he didn't really care what McNabb thought of his comments:
“So what? If he is, it is what it is. I can make it work with anybody. You could be the quarterback, and I’d make it work. I've been able to play with lots of different quarterbacks and flourish."
Owens did admit that he'd have to say this year's team is better than his 2004 team if it makes it to the Super Bowl and wins, which the Eagles couldn't quite do against the New England Patriots when Owens was with the team.
Owens played for five different NFL teams in his career - the San Francisco 49ers, Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals. He is second on the NFL's all-time receiving yards list, with 15,934 - still significantly shy of No. 1 Jerry Rice's incredible 22,895 career receiving yards.
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