Jason Taylor: Plenty of players are disruptive

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During a Thursday appearance on PFT Live, Hall of Famer Jason Taylor expressed surprise that receiver Terrell Owens didn’t make it, too. Taylor also provided some important perspective regarding the apparently disqualifying notion that Owens was disruptive.

“Trust me, there’s a lot of people that don’t know 98 percent of what goes on in the locker room out in the public,” Taylor said. “There are plenty of guys that are disruptive in their own way or have a different type personality in the locker room [and] sometimes you have to make that work. That’s the head coach’s job and the locker room’s job, the leaders in the locker room, to massage that, so to speak, and make those different personalities fit.

“I played with guys that were strong-minded and strong personality and that marched to their own beat sometimes and that’s part of what makes them great,” Taylor said. “Some of those teammates that I loved that people think could be ‘disruptive’ maybe. I played with Joey Porter. You know, I love Joey Porter to death; he was a great teammate. One of those guys you want on your team but you hate playing against, and you hear some of these stories. Ritchie Incognito, I played with him and he’s the same way.”

For every Terrell Owens, whose traits became well known because of the intense media coverage he attracted, there surely are dozens of other players whose divisiveness or selfishness wasn’t widely known. Surely, plenty of those guys have made it to the Hall of Fame over the years.

“Most of the things that happen in the locker room deserve to stay in the locker room,” Taylor said. “They should not be out and it’s all easily worked out in there. Unfortunately, sometimes people use the media platform to vent or to air out some dirty laundry and that becomes a distraction for everybody and then that continues to grow and fester and maybe that’s what happened in T.O.’s case.”

It’s an important perspective from a guy who spent 15 years in the NFL. It’s a perspective that the Hall of Fame voters who oppose Owens need to keep in mind when searching their hearts for the answer to the question of whether they’re keeping T.O. out because he’s not worthy or because they simply don’t like him.

7 responses to “Jason Taylor: Plenty of players are disruptive

  1. Owens was a deadly form of team cancer. That’s why he was bounced from all of his teams.

    Taylor speaks of all of the other players who were distractions, but how many of them were up for consideration to the Hall of Fame?

    How many of them were as big a distraction as Owens? How many of them harmed their teams to the extent that Owens did?

    Owens should only make it to the Hall of Fame, posthumously, decades down the road.

  2. A point well taken, but it shouldn’t be lost on anyone that it’s being made by a guy that was smart enough to keep it to himself last year when the same thing happened with Owens but he hadn’t been selected yet. The lifelong judicious applications of common sense and good judgement are just a couple of the many reasons Taylor is a a 1st ballot Hall of Famer and Owens is not.

  3. There is no first- or second- ballot wing of the Hall of Fame. He’s been a finalist each of his first two years of eligibility, and I have no doubt he will eventually be inducted. Meanwhile (other than TD’s) Isaac Bruce’s career isn’t that different, and he’s not in yet either after one time as a finalist and three years of eligibility. I expect he ultimately gets in too.

    You’ve been banging this drum pretty heavily, and I agree with you to the extent that he has Hall-worthy numbers, and his personality really shouldn’t be a deterrent. However, you’re carrying on as though he’s been done a severe injustice, and that I don’t agree with.

  4. You right, 98% of the people don’t know what goes on in the locker room. Unfortunately, for TO, the 2% that due know are the ones that vote.

  5. If having a spotless reputation isn’t a requirement, then why is it in TO’s case? Maybe it should be based on individual production instead of popularity. No wait, that’s what it was supposed to be all along, when did it change?

  6. This is very simple. If you don’t think TO should be in the HOF then you are a certifiable idiot and shouldn’t be allowed to watch football anymore ever again ever.

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