He was one of the biggest free agents on the market and there were plenty of people who thought he was going to a much bigger city.  Then the announcement came.

Terrell Owens had signed with the Buffalo Bills.

It's hard to believe that it was 10 years ago today that that happened.

What??  He was a dominant force for many years, and now, he was coming to Buffalo.

I'll never forget when I found out.  I was working a bar in Wheatfield and it was a bartender that gave me a high five as I walked in.  I had no idea why.  He said, "we got him man.  Terrell Owens signed with the Bills."

I was in disbelief...and most of the rest of the country was too.  Why would he come here?  The Bills hadn't been to the playoffs in years.  He had played with the Eagles, 49ers, and had recently been released from the Cowboys...and he was coming to play for the Buffalo Bills?

The media frenzy that followed was crazy.  The minute he landed in Buffalo, the cameras were ready to meet him at the airport.

He even received the keys to the city!

 

Unfortunately, it didn't pan out as the Bills hoped it would.  The Bills once again missed the playoffs and continued the drought.  However, he was able to put his name in the record books with the longest pass play in Bills history on a 98 yard bomb from Ryan Fitzpatrick against the Jaguars in Week 11 of the 2009 season.

I was a season ticket holder for those years and I will always remember T.O. being one of the most exciting players to watch.  He was always someone you would want to keep an eye on.  Even at times when the Bills were behind, he seemed to always have more intensity than just about anyone else on the field.   He would dance during TV timeouts and just made it entertaining to watch.