Release of Owens shows there is justice

Maybe some teams are finally starting to learn that character matters.

Terrell Owens was released by the Dallas Cowboys Thursday.

There is justice in the world.

The man who has been a cancer in every locker room he's been in is finally without a job. Here's hoping it stays that way.

Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones has, like some other league owners, made a habit of collecting big-name players, locker room harmony be damned.

But if there's one thing the Pittsburgh Steelers and yes, even to some extent, the New England Patriots, have proven in the past decade, it is this: having strong character guys in your locker room matters.

On paper, the 2008 Steelers weren't the best team in football. In fact, on paper, many would have bestowed that "honor" on the Cowboys.

But this is a Dallas franchise that has found ways to self-destruct time and again in recent years and Jones has finally seen the light.

It's time to get rid of guys who question the coaches, become sideshows and distractions. It's time to acquire good football players who are more concerned about winning games than putting up gaudy numbers.

Here's hoping the rest of the NFL figures this out as well and Owens and all of his baggage are finally finished in the NFL.

Chances are, that won't happen.

There will be some team out there who's owner or general manager feels like it is one player, one receiver, away from winning a Super Bowl and it will foolishly sign Owens. And we'll be treated to his theatrics once again.

As P.T. Barnum once so famously said, "There's a sucker born every minute."

Usually, when a player is released or becomes available, the message boards come alive with questions about why the Steelers don't sign that player.

But with Owens, there has been nary a word. It seems Steelers fans are smarter than some of the people running NFL teams.

Dale Lolley appears courtesy of the Observer-Reporter.

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