In 2001 wide receiver David Terrell was the 8th overall selection and the #1 receiver selected in the NFL draft by the Chicago Bears. Needless to say the expectations in Chitown were high for Terrell after being the first player in Michigan history to have multiple 1000-yard seasons. Things didn’t quite pan out the way the Bears or Terrell expected, and four years later after a disappointing 1,602 yards and 9 touchdowns the Bear cut their former 1st round pick.
A couple of days ago the RedEye Chicago published its list of the top Bears draft busts and Terrell was top on the list. After seeing the list David called spoke with the site to defend himself stating that injuries and lack of stability at the quarterback position led to disappointing seasons.
Man, I led the league in like every category basically until Rex broke his foot. When Rex broke his foot, after that, the season was over. I caught, I mean, I had nine different quarterbacks after Rex Grossman. I caught a ball from nine different quarterbacks in one year. Did you forget that?”
Terrell acknowledged that he does watch the Bears and when asked what he would give to play with a quarterback like Chicago’s Jay Cutler he gave an answer that you’d might not expect.
“(Laughs, for a long time) I would have cut off both my balls. I’d give those up, no problem. You could have neutered me. I woulda been neutered with a smile. [Bleep], man, for real.”
That last “for real” lets you know that Terrell is not playing any games when he says that he would cut off his balls to play with a top quarterback. Other than being arrested last year for domestic violence, who knows what he has gone through physically, emotionally, or financially since his football career ended. No top pick likes to be referred to as a draft bust, and in his defense the quarterbacks he played with (Jim Miller, Shane Matthews, Chris Chandler, Henry Burris, Kordell Stewart, Chad Hutchinson, Craig Krenzel and Jonathan Quinn…yes including Grossman that is nine) were by far creme de la creme of quarterbacks. I’m also sure the lack of continuity did have an adverse affect on his development as a wide receiver, but that’s what comes with territory of playing a physical sport. Sometimes you get the shorter end of the stick, it’s how you work with that which is what sets you apart from the others.