We’ve covered a few of the best selfies in football, but none of them quite quite match the skill and attention to detail of NFL star Terrell Owens.
The Pro Bowler is an accomplished photographer, and his work has helped elevate his image from a guy with an Instagram account to one of the most photographed athletes in the world.
Owens captured the image of his wife in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, which left thousands homeless, and the following year he posted it on Instagram.
It’s a selfie that’s as close to a fan’s personal collection as one can get, but its artistry is the stuff of legend.
We spoke to Owens about the significance of his photos, how he uses them to communicate his message, and how he can get a better sense of his personality when he’s on the sidelines.
What made you decide to focus on your family and get out there on the field?
Terrell was kind of a selfish kid and was always thinking about himself.
I didn’t want to be in a situation where my life was going to be threatened because of something he did.
He’s a little selfish, but he’s also an awesome human being.
When he’s out there he gets to play the game he loves, and he’s always going to have that smile on his face and he’ll always be happy to have me around, no matter what.
I’m not going to take it personally because I love him, and I love my kids.
I feel like I owe it to him and that he’s going to always be there for me and that it’s going the right way.
What’s it like to see your wife on the sideline, and what do you do with her when she’s not in the game?
I’m kind of in the middle of it.
It depends on what she needs me to do.
Sometimes when she doesn’t get on the phone, I can be there, but sometimes I can’t be there because she’s off to a job or she’s in a hurry.
Sometimes I have to call her.
When she’s gone, it’s pretty cool to have someone around.
She’s a great mother.
What do you tell her to do when she comes home and you don’t have any kids?
I’ll tell her, I love you and I’m going to go out there and be a professional, and if you want to come back home and have a beer or a dinner or whatever you want, you can.
But if you can’t make it, you have to take care of yourself.
It will take time for me to adjust, but when I do, I will always have Terrell.
What does that mean to you?
I try to be a role model for my kids, but I don’t think of myself as a role-model for my family.
When I’m out there, I want them to be happy and I want the best for them, and that’s not always easy.
What’s it been like to play in front of a million people in the past four years?
I mean, I had a pretty good time, and it was definitely a blessing.
I had to get used to being on the other side of the field.
I was able to have fun, and when I’m with my kids it’s really nice to be outside.
I have a lot of respect for my teammates and what they’re doing, and they really respect me and they know that I’m an awesome guy.
I know that there are a lot more people out there that are out there doing great stuff, but there are also a lot less people out doing great things.
I’ve been asked to do a lot in my career.
I think that’s why I got into photography in the first place.
I saw something that was different and wanted to do something different, and so I wanted to go into it.
When you get a chance to be on the road and play in stadiums with a lot people and a lot noise and a big TV in your face, I think you realize that you can take your photo and have it be a reflection of the people around you.
Do you have any advice for other people trying to make it in the industry?
I think a lot photographers want to do what I did and get famous, and for me that’s what I wanted for myself.
I want to make a difference.
What can other people do?
Get a job, get a home.
I always tell people that you need to get yourself out there.
There are a bunch of people that are doing amazing things.
Go out there for a week, get out in the country and go and do some of the stuff you’re doing in your city, and go out and do it.
Be yourself, be yourself and be out there every day.
I wish I could be the best at anything, but at the end of the day I’m just trying to be the person that everybody wants to be.
I like to think that I have my own personality, and people can