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Terrell Owens On Batman & Robin, Touchdown Dances and 'The T.O. Show' (Pg. 2)

You and Chad are also two guys who have been criticized for your touchdown celebrations over the years. I think people are looking forward to some controversial celebrations from the two of you this season. Is that what we should expect?

I don't know. We're not going to go to the extreme and try and create a touchdown celebration where it's going to hurt the team or hurt our pockets. We would love to be creative and entertain our fans, but the league has cracked down on our celebrations as far as what we can do so we're very limited.

Wait, so does that mean Batman and Robin won't be doing any TD celebrations together? Just the nicknames alone are worth at least one good celebration.

We're going to go out there and play hard and try to win games and do whatever we can to have fun at the same time. If that's winning every week minus the celebrations, then that's good enough for me.

What has training camp been like with you two running around the field? I watched HBO's Hard Knocks last year when the Bengals were on it and it was good—but I imagine it'd be even more ridiculous if the Hard Knocks crew was taping you and the Bengals this season.

Oh, man. We have fun. Chad and I, we're out there talking to each other like we're actually Batman and Robin. [Laughs] I'm out there saying all different types of stuff.

So, is this Batman and Robin thing official? I know you guys kicked around some other nicknames on "Sunday Conversation" on ESPN.

Oh yeah. You can go to totees.com and I have some Batman shirts and hats on there already. We're going to try and have fun with the whole Batman and Robin thing and whatever other superhero duos that people can come up with. Chad started something by calling us Batman and Robin so that's what we are right now.

Outside of football, you've also got the reality TV show, The T.O. Show, airing on VH1 right now. You've mentioned a couple times that you feel you are unfairly portrayed in the media. So are you happy with having the show as an outlet to show people who you really are?

The show has really given me an avenue to show people how I am away from the football field. A lot of people think when I'm on the football field that I'm a superhero and I'm some type of celebrity or superstar. But when I'm away from football, I'm human. I think a lot of people get to see that side of myself. They get to see a totally different side. There's no hiding emotions for anything that may be going on in my life.

Last thing: Chad's pretty vocal about the music he's listening to on Twitter. I think I saw that he was driving around in one of his donks bumping Teflon Don a couple weeks back. I've never seen you talk about your music preferences, though. What are you listening to before a big game to get you pumped up?

Man, I listen to everything. I'm pretty open to different types of music.

Anything in particular? You must have a favorite artist or...

Whatever is in the top 10 or top 20. Lil Wayne, Rihanna, Miranda Lambert...

Miranda Lambert?! I have to say. I didn't see that one coming...

I listen to everything, bro. Carrie Underwood, Rick Ross, Drake, Jay-Z. Dude, I listen to everything.

 

The Cincinnati Bengals kicked off the NFL preseason against the Dallas Cowboys last night. The T.O. Show airs every Sunday night at 10PM/EST. And T.O.'s iPhone app is available now through The App Store.

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