Receiver Terrell Owens remarked on at least two occasions during a fan fest Wednesday night to welcome him as a member of Arena Wranglers that he had hoped to retire as a member of the Cowboys.
That was his plan when he signed with the Cowboys in 2006 in hopes of reviving his career after a bitter divorce from the Eagles. He was buoyed in his belief by promises from owner Jerry Jones that Owens would remain with the team even after he was embroiled in a locker room spat with quarterback Tony Romo and tight end Jason Witten.
Of course that was before Jones was convinced by son and vice president Stephen Jones that it was in the best interest of the franchise to part ways with Owens.
Owens said he realizes he can't trust anyone.
"I think everybody knows after the first three years, (that I wanted to retire with the Cowboys)," Owens said. "I had signed an extension and after that season I got that call or whatever, that meeting that said they wanted to part ways. Then again it was very disappointing it was one of those things where again, it’s a lot of lip service people saying they’re going to do one thing and do another. I've learned a lot within the last three to five years about life in general and even people in general. My grandmother, who passed just the beginning o f the year I remember her telling me not to trust anybody because god is the only person you can trust, man can change their mind at any given time, and it’s sad and its unfortunate but other than that I have to really take what she has taught me and move forward."
Owens says he has moved on and is not bitter towards Jones but his words and tone tell a different story. He still has regrets of not being able to play in new Cowboys Stadium.
"I’ve seen him maybe a handful of times since then, other than that, it is what it is," Owens said. "I'm not bitter about it, at that time it was disappointing considering the stadium was about to be open and he had told me I was going to be a big part of that process and then it's like having the wind knocked out of you. But life goes on."