T.O. has a fan at Winter Park

March 5th, 2009 – 3:08 PM by Judd Zulgad

The Dallas Cowboys decision to jettison Terrell Owens has led to plenty of speculation about where the veteran wide receiver might end up. Owens’ baggage has been extremely well documented and is the reason Pro Football Talk has been compiling a list of teams that wouldn’t want him.

PFT put the Vikings on that list, citing an NFL source, and pointed to the troubles that Vikings coach Brad Childress had with Owens when the two were together in Philadelphia. Childress was the Eagles’ offensive coordinator and an uhappy Owens requested that Childress not speak to him during his final season with the franchise. Childress, who loves that type of challenge, never passed up the opportunity to say hello to Owens after that.

While they did not get along at the time, Childress said last year that he and Owens actually had a nice exchange before the Vikings played the Cowboys. I believe it was in a preseason game last summer. That doesn’t mean Childress is going to want to bring Owens to Minnesota — even if the team did try to upgrade at receiver by attempting to sign T.J. Houshmandzadeh. (Owens also is familiar with the West Coast system the Vikings run).

But there is at least one big-time T.O. fan who calls Winter Park home. Vikings receivers coach George Stewart served as an assistant with the San Francisco 49ers from 1996 to 2002 and spent time as Owens’ wide receivers coach. In the three seasons Stewart worked with Owens, the wide receiver had 17 games with more than 100 yards receiving and five games with 150-plus yards.

If you are looking for someone to speak ill of Owens, Stewart is the wrong guy to ask. I remember bringing up Owens’ name with Stewart a few years back. Stewart said the two remained close and talked on a frequent basis. Listening to Stewart, it sounded as if he and Owens had a father-son type relationship.

That would mean they almost certainly have talked since the Cowboys severed ties with Owens. Did Owens mention a reunion in Minnesota? Childress might not be interested but that doesn’t mean Stewart wouldn’t bring it up.


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