Vince McMahon’s announced effort to bring the XFL back in 2020 following its one-year stint in 2001 has been met with a healthy mix of skepticism, applause, excitement, and disdain.
Put former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens firmly in that latter camp.
T.O. thinks McMahon stands to make a “mockery” of football and isn’t on board with the XFL’s projected timeline, despite the billionaire’s intention to take a full two years to get things in order—hardly the approx. 12-month rush job many other would-be alternative football leagues have tried in recent years.
When asked by The Sporting News as to whether he’d be interested in “running it back” as a professional footballer once again in the XFL, Owens was not receptive in the slightest:
“Absolutely not,” Owens said. “The XFL is two years away. Vince McMahon, he had a run at that in 2001 and it didn’t really do so well. He’s had a number of years to try to figure it out, and has only two years before it starts up to put it back on the right track.”
“I don’t foresee it being a great success unless they make some drastic changes to bring together some quality talent and bring together a quality game. That’s what it’s about. He can’t make a mockery of football. [emphasis added] He’s looking at it like a business, but you need to have quality with that.”
In short, T.O. thinks the XFL will stink. And these days, T.O. is not about stinking.
Really. ‘Cause the dude is now an official partner with Febreze. He’ll be starring in a #BleepDontStink ad campaign during Super Bowl 52.
That’s right. The guy that plans on playing a hand in keeping your potty odors at bay isn’t interested in playing in Vince McMahon’s XFL.
To each their own, T.O., but honestly, we’d take the latter gig over the former. But you do you, bro.