I might be in the minority but I truly believe a person’s reputation either helps you or hurts you if you are looking to achieve certain things in life, such as a promotion on your job , you can be good maybe even the best but if your rep is that you are a jerk ask what people will remember most about you, your skills or your behavior? It is no different in my rant of this week. Terrell Owens was denied entry into Football’s Hall of Fame. Not because he wasn’t good enough , but because his reputation preceded him. His rep of being a jerk a thug a bad guy was so bad that writes felt he wasn’t worthy. Hall of fame isn’t about who was a choir boy I get that but if your rep is so bad that an exclusive club doesn’t want to offer you membership… then it is time to clean up your act. his stats are second only to Jerry Rice, his gutsy play in the Super Bow for Eagles on a bad leg was impressive downright heroic, yet his reputation is such that his on field exploits become second to his behavior with those who determine membership into the Hall of Fame. What’s a player like Owens to do? Instead of going to the airways and argue loudly about why he wasn’t voted in the Hall of Fame , maybe this would be the right time not to sulk or whine but to find out what do I need to do now to get voted in. Eventually Owens will get in the Hall of Fame, but carrying on like he is now isn’t going to help it’s going to hurt and take longer. He was asked though on a radio interview if he got voted in would he go to his induction… he said no! he was asked again giving a chance to maybe clean up his answer…he replied again no . When I make up my mind to do something I stick with it. So if you make up you mind not to go then why complain about not being voted in, in the first place?
Smallthoughts: Rant of the Week…Terrell Owens