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January 24, 2020 4:12 PM UTC

Will Terrell Owens & Donovan McNabb Ever Grow Up?

Terrell Owens and Donovan McNabb are never going to grow up. But there's one way the ex-teammates can get the fans back on their side.
  • With Andy Reid back in the Super Bowl, fans and the media are talking about the last time–and to people involved in that game.
  • Reid’s former quarterback, Donovan McNabb, talked about how the team imploded following Super Bowl XXXIX.
  • He blamed Terrell Owens for breaking up the team; Owens disagreed. Will these guys ever grow up?

The two-week gap after the NFL conference championship games forces the media to grasp at straws to find something remotely interesting to talk about until the Super Bowl finally arrives. This year, they’ve seized on Donovan McNabb and Terrell Owens, two man-children who appear determined to never grow up.

With Andy Reid back in the Super Bowl for the first time since Super Bowl XXXIX, McNabb and Owens are suddenly relevant again.

They have another 15 minutes in the spotlight, and they’re using it to rehash their petty, immature 15-year old beef.

Terrell Owens and Donovan McNabb Are Still Taking Potshots 15 Years Later

McNabb and Owens have dredged their beef back up at various times over the last decade and a half. Whenever it happens, they both invariably exploit the chance to take a few shots at the other like a couple of petulant children.

This time, McNabb fired the first volley (skip to 2:34):

We’ve heard his argument before: The Eagles lost out on a chance to be great because Terrell Owens was a prima donna.

According to Donovan McNabb, Terrell Owens “broke up” the team.

It didn’t take long for those remarks to get back to Owens, who took the high road in his response – right?

Wrong:

Source: Twitter

It quickly escalated from there:

Source: Twitter

The fun didn’t end even after he made a few cracks about McNabb’s Campbell’s Chunky Soup endorsement.

He continues to clap back at fans encouraging him to drop the matter.

Source: Twitter

Who Is Going to Grow up First?

This beef dates back to 2005. It’s unfathomable that these two “men” can’t muster the fortitude to leave this ridiculous, petty little beef where it belongs—in the past. Who’s right and who’s wrong doesn’t even matter anymore.

McNabb likes to say he’s moved on, and Owens would probably say he has too. But neither of them has. At this point, it’s unlikely they ever will.

Terrell Owens might look like a grown-up, but he and Donovan McNabb still behave like a pair of toddlers. | Source: Diarmuid Greene / Collision / Sportsfile via Flickr

These men are in their mid-40s and behaving like a couple of toddlers. It’s time to grow up. If that means you get five seconds less screen time, so be it.

And if you really can’t let it go, follow Brian Westbrook’s lead and blame management.

That’s the only way you’ll ever get the fans back on your side.

This article was edited by Josiah Wilmoth.

Travis Pulver @FatManWriting

Travis graduated from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, with a master's in Political Science. Prior to that, he attended IU Purdue in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he earned his bachelor's degree in Political Science and earned his first degree at Texas A & M in Galveston, TX, a BS in Maritime Administration. You can contact him on Twitter at @FatManWriting. Over the last few years, Travis has worked for several news-oriented sites that focused on sports, especially football, baseball, basketball, and to a lesser extent, boxing and MMA. Having grown up in the football-crazed state of Texas, football is his first love. According to his mother, he was more excited to watch NFL and college games as a baby than Sesame Street or Mickey Mouse. His passion for sports quickly spread to baseball (favorite team is the Houston Astros), basketball, and track and field as a kid. It wasn’t until his college years that he discovered the tremendous game of rugby. He currently lives in the United States in Indiana (is a basketball fan but hates going to the Indy 500) with his wife and two adorable kids.