Terrell Owens’ sharp tongue and strange theatrics have often gotten him into trouble. Here’s how some of the tantrums played out, while he was with the San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles:

2002

– Dec. 15: Owens celebrates a touchdown catch in a 20-14 loss to Green Bay by taking pompoms from a cheerleader and dancing behind the end zone.

2003

• Jan. 12: Just before halftime of a 31-6 playoff loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Owens screams at the 49ers’ sideline and slaps his head in disbelief when Steve Mariucci elects to run out the clock rather than try to cut into a 28-6 halftime deficit.

• Sept. 21: Owens throws a sideline tantrum directed at offensive coordinator Greg Knapp and is critical of new coach Dennis Erickson following a 13-12 loss to the Cleveland Browns. “It’s my job to run routes and catch the ball,” Owens says. “It’s their job to know the personnel on the field. It’s their job to know who the playmakers are and to design the plays.”

• Sept. 28: Owens storms off the field when Kevan Barlow was stuffed for a 1-yard loss on fourth-and-1 during a 35-7 loss to Minnesota. Owens throws his helmet on the sideline and after the game hints that quarterback Jeff Garcia should to be benched.

2004

• Aug. 13: An interview with Playboy magazine hits newsstands in which Owens was asked if he thinks Jeff Garcia, his quarterback with the 49ers, is gay. Owens responds: “Like my boy tells me: If it looks like a rat and smells like a rat, by golly, it is a rat.”

• Oct. 31: Now with the Eagles, Owens mocks Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis during an end zone celebration.

• Nov. 7: Cameras follow Owens as he yells at McNabb on the sideline during a 27-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

• Nov. 15: Owens draws criticism for a Monday Night Football promo in which actress Nicollette Sheridan – a star of ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” dressed only in a towel – asks Owens to skip the game then drops the towel and jumps into his arms. Owens later apologizes.

2005

• April: In an interview with ESPN.com, Owens says he “wasn’t the guy who got tired in the Super Bowl,” a comment believed by many to be about McNabb’s struggles during the end of the game.

• Aug. 10: After a shouting match with Reid during training camp, Owens is sent home for a week. A circus ensues in front of his house as he works out in his driveway – doing crunches and lifting weights for TV cameras and reporters.

• Nov. 3: In an interview aired on ESPN, Owens says the team would be better off with the Packers’ Brett Favre starting at quarterback instead of the injured Donovan McNabb and blasts the Eagles for not marking his 100th career touchdown catch.

AP-ES-11-08-05 1641EST


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