Reid Says It’s Time For McNabb And Owens To Put Their Beef Aside And Make Up

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Many moons ago, Donovan McNabb and Terrell Owens were a tag team of destruction for the Philadelphia Eagles, making big plays and showing up on highlight films almost weekly.

Then the relationship turned sour, causing a ton of bad blood between the two star players. It got so bad that the Eagles eventually cut ties with Owens, who then took his talents to the rival Dallas Cowboys.

Sixteen years later, there’s still beef between the two, and the man who was the head coach for the Eagles at the time of the feud would like to see it finally end.

That coach is Andy Reid, who in a couple days is set to be on the sidelines trying to win a second straight Super Bowl with the Chiefs.

He was front and center for the fights between T.O. and McNabb back in 2004 and 2005, and said Thursday that the two should get past their issues.

“Things happen in this business, man, and I’m not a grudge holder. I’ve never been that way,” Reid said on Thursday. “I’ve talked with [Owens]. I’m close with Donovan, I’m close with him. My wish would be that those two just bring it back together.”

The two stars have not held back against one another, despite feuding for almost two decades.

Owens has openly accused McNabb of being jealous of him and going to bat for Brian Westbrook and not him when he wanted a new contract from Philadelphia.

The wide receiver also claimed that McNabb was out drinking the night before the Super Bowl XXXIX, a game that Owens played in despite still being hobbled by an injured ankle.

The Eagles lost 24-21 in a game best remembered for McNabb throwing up late in the game when there was still a chance for the Eagles to rally.

There’s no question that McNabb and Owens shared a special on-field bond, as the two combined for 133 receptions for 2,085 yards and 20 touchdowns.

“[Owens] and Donovan had something really special, and wherever it is today it is,” Reid said.

“But that was a special connection. I saw it when they were playing in the Pro Bowls. There was something. They just needed to look at each other and they had this connection, and they carried that over to just have a fantastic year in Philadelphia the year we went to the Super Bowl.

“I try to remember the good times. There were so many good times, and I focus on that.”

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."

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