During his illustrious football career, Terrell Owens was dominant as they come for the wide receiver position. Owens is regarded as being one of the greatest offensive talents that the NFL has ever had. However, it has come with plenty of ups and downs off the field, with many financial issues flaring up and creating stressful challenges. That hasn’t been more evident with his struggles with child support bills that have made his personal life difficult over the last decade.
Terrell Owens’ NFL career
Following entering the NFL as the 89th overall pick in the third round of the 1996 draft, Terrell Owens took off into stardom in the NFL emerging as one of the league’s top offensive talents.
Owens was a dominant force behind his playmaking ability utilizing his strength, size, and speed to his advantage against defenders. That helped him make his mark in NFL history as one of the most decorated wide receivers that the league has ever had as he’s currently third with 15,934 receiving yards and 153 receiving touchdowns, and eighth with 1,078 receptions.
Owens played for the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, Buffalo Bills, and Cincinnati Bengals over 15 seasons. He also holds records such as being the only player to score a touchdown against all 32 teams, the only player to have 800 receiving yards with five franchises, and the only player with at least four receiving touchdowns in 15 straight seasons.
His dominance on the field didn’t translate to a stable life off it as he struggled in his personal life to make ends meet after his last NFL game in the 2010 season.
Terrell Owens’ hit hard by child support
It has been duly noted the difficulties that Terrell Owens has had with his financial decisions over the years.
Owens’ impressive play on the field earned him lucrative deals that saw him make around $67 million on contracts and roughly another $13 million in endorsements. However, his bad choices with his money have put him in the hole financially, where he has nowhere near what he made during his career as he as an estimated net worth of $500,000.
That has landed Owens in plenty of financial trouble with his child support to three women who have had four total children. Things had reached a breaking point in 2012 as he avoided jail time after he paid $20,000 in child support to the mother of his seven-year-old daughter at that time. That even led to the situation spilling over to where he made an appearance on the Dr. Phil Show in that same year.
Owens has struggled to keep up with his child support payments were totaling around $44,600 a month. Owens has struggled to keep a stable living with these child support bills lingering overhead, which put him in an even deeper hole financially.
Terrell Owens’ life since child support issues
It hasn’t been an easy path for Terrell Owens as he has had to make up for past mistakes.
These choices have made for a tough path toward getting his life back in the right direction. He has had other notable things happen in the last few years that were capped off by earning a Pro Football Hall of Fame induction in 2018 and being inducted into the 49ers Hall of Fame that same year.
Owens has had other unique honor, such as gracing the cover of the “Hall of Fame” edition of Madden NFL 19 and competing in Dancing With the Stars and MTV’s “The Challenge” both in 2017. The 46-year-old has also toyed with the idea of making an NFL comeback. He was recently vocal about Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ lack of public presence during this tough time with social injustices in the United States.
All in all, Owens has had nothing short than an intriguing life that has seen him go through many ups and downs, but he remains right in the public limelight.