NBC'S STONE PHILLIPS INTERVIEWS TERRELL OWENS ON "DATELINE" - SUNDAY, AUG. 6
FOOTBALL STAR TERRELL OWENS SITS DOWN FOR A CANDID INTERVIEW WITH "NBC'S" STONE PHILLIPS � SUNDAY, AUG. 6 AT 7PM ON "DATELINE"
(New York, N.Y.) � August 3, 2006 � From his entertaining end zone celebrations to his participation in a controversial commercial with "Desperate Housewives" star, Nicollette Sheridan, to his outspoken remarks about his teammates, all-pro football star, Terrell Owens has been center stage since entering the league in 1996. As a new season dawns for the electrifying and highly-talked about receiver, Owens invites "Dateline's" Stone Phillips into his Atlanta home to talk about his antics, his anger and his just-released autobiography, "T.O." The exclusive interview airs on "Dateline," this Sunday, Aug. 6 (7:00 PM/ET).
Known for his signature moments on and off the field, Owens responds to some of the criticism he has received over the last decade. He tells Phillips his persona on the field is no act, saying, "�When I step on that field it's almost like I'm a superhero..." He also shares with Phillips that his tendency to get defensive after controversy erupts is probably due to his childhood, revealing, "I harbor a lot of things from my childhood where I knew that as a kid I constantly got picked on. And I couldn't really do anything about it."
Owens talks in detail about the highly publicized tension between him and the Eagles' quarterback, Donovan McNabb. When Phillips asks him if he thinks McNabb was bothered because he was getting so much attention, Owens replies, "It had to. It had to. This was his team before I got there." He goes on to say that he shouldn't catch any blame just because "the city started to embrace me just as much or if not more than they did him? But it wasn't my fault."
With a fresh start ahead of him, the 32-year-old perennial all-pro says that while he plans on putting on a "show" for Dallas fans, things will be a bit different this season. Owens tells Phillips he plans on being more positive, and that now he realizes, "�sometimes it is better to be a little more silent and reserved."
David Corvo is the executive producer of "Dateline NBC." Photos of Phillips and Owens are available at www.nbcumv.com.