In T.O.'s defense . . .

If you read my post on T.O. yesterday you know that I don't agree with the way T.O. has handled his contract negotiations with the Eagles. T.O. has taken every opportunity to make a fool of himself, further alienating himself from sports fans.

The thing is that after his amazing performance in the Super Bowl, T.O. had the chance to change America's perception of him (in much the same way Allen Iverson did after he made it to the NBA Finals). Because when it comes playing the game few are as good or as confident in their abilities as T.O.

That's why it is worth mentioning that T.O. signed an injury waiver before playing in the Super Bowl. Michael Silver at SI.com points out that T.O. was asked by the Eagles to sign the injury waiver, which meant that if T.O. had re-injured himself in the game the Eagles would have not owed him any money.

To review: Owens broke his right leg and suffered severe ligament damage to his ankle in the team's third-to-last regular season game and, after undergoing surgery, was told by doctors he'd need at least two months to heal. The Eagles won a pair of playoff games without him to reach the Super Bowl, at which point T.O. pronounced himself fit to return more than a week-and-a-half ahead of schedule.

Sure, the Eagles said. Go ahead. As long as you sign this injury waiver indemnifying us in case you reinjure the ankle.

T.O. wanted to play in the game so bad he was willing to risk his entire career to do so. And the Eagles knew this, in fact they took advantage of it by getting him to sign the injury waiver.

I'm starting to sound like a broken record but if T.O. would just shut up and let his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, speak for him then Rosenhaus would be the one taking all the criticism. After all that's what T.O. pays him for. I'm willing to bet dollars to donuts that the reason you see Rosenhaus on the SportsCenter every other week is that he is trying to do just that.

Anyway, it will be interesting to see how T.O. acts when training camps starts next week for the Eagles.

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