Was Calvin Johnson Better than Terrell Owens?

John Maakaron

In a time with no LIVE sporting events, some very interesting sports debates have been written about and talked about online. 

Old stories have been revisited, and lists have been made to keep sports fans engaged amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

This week, The Athletic released its list of the greatest NFL players to wear each jersey number.

In regard to the No. 81, The Athletic gave the nod to six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Terrell Owens. 

According to The Athletic's NFL staff, "There was never a dull moment with Owens. He is third all time in receiving yards and touchdown receptions. Owens played his first eight seasons for the 49ers before moving on to Philadelphia, Dallas, Buffalo and Cincinnati. He was a five-time first-team All-Pro selection."

Fox Sports analyst Skip Bayless felt differently, and shared his thoughts with colleague and Pro Football Hall of Fame tight end Shannon Sharpe on Wednesday's edition of "Undisputed."

“Look, Calvin Johnson was a freak of a beast of a rare player. We’ve never seen anything like it. He was 6'5, 240 pounds, and he ran (a) 4.35 at the combine. What? It was unheard of, it’s impossible. He could jump. He could catch. He was a package unlike anything Terrell could ever dream of," Bayless said.

Bayless added, “He had a nickname, 'Megatron,' for a reason. It’s because nobody had ever seen anyone like him. When I think of '81,' I think of Calvin as the essence of 81. I think he was the most gifted receiver ever. Eighty-one should belong to Calvin Johnson. He was just better than Terrell.”

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Calvin was the best to wear to No. 81


Get real! Calvin was triple covered at times, still made plays. He was like Barry Sanders and played for such a poorly run organization. Had he (like Barry) played for the same gifted teams like TO did, he’d still be remembered by all the fans of football. His talents were wasted in Detroit and shuttered from memories.


Terrell Owens was slightly better