Terrell Owens used to be an ultra-talented NFL wide receiver with a lot of issues. Starting with his undeniable selfishness and ending with his bad attitude, Owens’ many faults were always a matter of public record. But he was a really, really good wide receiver. All-time great, in fact. And when you’re as good of an athlete as he once was, you get a pass for everything you do. Short of killing a man, when you have the sort of other-worldly talent that Owens put on display every single Sunday for about 10 years, all your faults will get excused away.
Unfortunately, talent doesn’t last forever. It will inevitably slowly dwindle away as the natural aging process takes its course. And if you’re someone who has relied on talent to cover up the fact that you have a bad attitude, are immature and have a whole host of other issues, you end up like this:
Just a reminder: this guy was a six-time Pro Bowler, five-time All-Pro selection and the only player in league history to ever score two touchdowns on every team in the NFL. Now he’s been reduced to crying about being a bad dad on Dr. Phil.
Being a not-so-great person will always catch up to you, no matter how much talent you have.
If this isn’t a cautionary tale, I don’t know what is.