By Jeff Labrecque
Updated August 04, 2011 at 12:00 PM EDT

When VH1 first agreed to give football player Terrell Owens his own reality show in 2009, he was the star wide receiver for “America’s Team,” the Dallas Cowboys. But by the time the first season aired, he’d been let go by the Cowboys and signed with last-place Buffalo. Then, he spent season 2 jousting with new teammate and fellow reality-TV wannabe, Chad Ochocinco, while playing for last-place Cincinnati.

Now, for season 3 of The T.O. Show, which premieres Monday, Aug. 22, at 9:30, the 37-year-old finds himself out of football altogether — possible permanently — after an off-season knee surgery. Suddenly, The T.O. Show might have the makings of some real reality drama as the preening jock stares into the abyss and tries to navigate an uncertain financial future. In the first half of the trailer for the new season, which you can view below, Owens is subdued, emotional, and whenever possible, shirtless and sweaty. But as Owens says, “You can’t keep a good man down,” and his time recuperating in sunny Miami with the trio of strong-willed women who help run his life ultimately devolves into the kind of circus that one who’s watched his playing career would expect. Take a look.