Terrell Owens is one of the most talented and compelling figures playing in professional sports today. One of the top wide receivers in the National Football League, he is a six-time NFL All Star, a six-time Pro-Bowl selection, and holds the league single game reception record. As one of the most dominant receivers of his era, Terrell has made his mark on the history of the game. No stranger to controversy, the outspoken "T.O." has garnered criticism in the media at times for telling it like it is, but always backs up his bravado with his undeniable performance on the field and record breaking stats. No wonder he's been labeled 'football's most misunderstood star.'
Born in Alexander City, Alabama, Terrell comes from a broken family background, but was able to find himself in sports. At Benjamin Russell High School, he played baseball, basketball and ran track. He also lettered four times in football, where he wore the number 80 on his jersey to honor his idol, San Francisco 49er Jerry Rice. Owens was quickly recruited by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and swiftly established himself as an explosive receiver for the UTC Moccasins. He was drafted into the NFL in 1996 by the San Francisco 49ers, where he was thrilled to play alongside his hero Jerry Rice. It was in San Francisco that Terrell set a new NFL record of twenty receptions for 283 yards in a single game. In 2003, Owens was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles, immediately ratcheting up the Philly offense to a new level. In 2004, in a game against the Dallas Cowboys, Owens sustained a severely sprained ankle and a fractured fibula. Defying doctors expectations, he vowed to play in Super Bowl XXXIX, Philadelphia's first return to the event in twenty years. To the surprise of all, he was able to complete his rehabilitation in time to play in the game, and though they lost to the Patriots, Owens finished with a heroic nine catches for 122 yards.
After a bitter contract dispute, Owens was released by the Eagles in 2006, and was picked up by the Dallas Cowboys four days later for a three-year, 25 million dollar contract. More setbacks and surgeries were to follow, but by the 2007 season Owens and the Cowboys began to live up to their potential. New career highs and franchise records followed, as well as more of T.O.'s flashy trademark end zone antics, and ever-present media controversies. Finally on March 4th 2009, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones released Owens. The veteran wide receiver was immediately scooped up by the Buffalo Bills for the 2009 season.
Off the field, Terrell is involved in a wide range of charitable activities. He serves as a celebrity chairperson for the Alzheimer's Association -- the grandmother who raised him was diagnosed and has lived with the disease since 1996 -- and has addressed Congress to request more funding for Alzheimer's research. He's raised money on behalf of Hurricane Katrina victims and has also started his own foundation to benefit families in need.
Kita Williams' immediate goal is to help Terrell Owens match his NFL achievements with similar success off the field. As one half of TEAM Image, the public relations company she founded with partner Monique Jackson, Kita functions as matchmaker, therapist, and best friend while managing the Terrell Owens Brand. Jackson and Williams' commitment to client service extends all the way to their on-camera participation in VH1's The TO Show.
After a traditional small-town upbringing in Kentucky and a stint as an ABC affiliate news reporter, a talent development deal with MTV brought Kita to Los Angeles at age 24. A foray into publicity at Rogers and Cowan, the legendary PR and marketing firm, led her to a similar gig at Island Def Jam Records, which "gave me a whole new swagger as a publicist," Williams says. Her association with Def Jam also led her to partner up with Monique Jackson in establishing Team Image, a full-service publicity, brand marketing, and special events company.
Kita is single and is a member of the National Association of Black Female Executives in Music and Entertainment. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and also holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix.
Publicist Monique Jackson is one half of TEAM Image, a public relations company she founded with partner Kita Williams. Servicing superstar client Terrell Owens, Jackson and Williams manage all aspects of the Owens brand, including marketing, promotions, and public relations. But Terrell Owens is not just another client -- he's family. Their close relationship spurred Mo and Kita's on-camera participation in VH1's The TO Show.
Mo got her start in marketing and promotions at Universal Pictures. She segued to a similar role at Island Def Jam records before branching out and forming TEAM Image in 2002. Known as "Momma Mo" for her ability to nurture and encourage clients to be their best, Mo attributes her career vector to her childhood dreams of becoming "a minister, a nurse and an entertainer."
Mo is a married mother of two young sons.
It's bodyguard Pablo's full-time job to be Terrell's eyes and ears as the superstar moves from the field to the red carpet and everywhere in between. Ninety percent of the job is threat assessment. A crowd of fans pressing in, blocking access from a car to a building, poses a threat, because the client is caught between the two safe zones. Another important function is aggressive tabloid cameramen awareness. A bodyguard can ask them to maintain a safe distance, and even peacefully block their path. The key is quickly but peacefully addressing situations before they get out of hand.
Carlos "Pablo" Cosby grew up in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, not far from Terrell's hometown of Alexander City. After a stand-out football career at Jackson State in Mississippi, Pablo went on to a couple of training camps with the NFL. Before joining Terrell Owens' organization in 2003, Pablo coached college football at a Division II school and worked for a financial planning firm. Pablo travels extensively with Owens, and during his downtime calls Atlanta home. An avid golfer, Pablo also pursues a strong interest in all types of martial arts. He's single and a little worried about the weather in Buffalo, but duty calls...