Terrell Owens is back in the NFL headlines after releasing a statement saying that he “can still play” on the NFL Network’s NFL AM. Owens claims that he has matured and still has the talent to help and contribute to a franchise in need of a wide receiver should that team be willing to ignore his checkered past.
One of the team’s that Owens thinks should give him a second chance is the one being coached by a former coach of his, one that suspended him for his antics while the two were working together. That coach of course is Andy Reid of the Kansas City Chiefs, the two went to a Super Bowl together in 2004 with the Philadelphia Eagles.
When asked about what sort of system would best fit his abilities, he answered that “I think anything West Coast (offense) would fit me, be more suitable for myself, considering that’s where I started,” Owens said. “Obviously, you have got a team like the Vikings. I’m very familiar with Coach Reid, who’s at the Kansas City Chiefs. Right here at this stage of my career, it all depends on the right situation, the right team.”
At 39 years old most receivers would have already drifted happily away from the game of football into the world of retirement. In many ways Terrell Owens has done this, except for the fact that he believes he can still play, and would fit in well with many teams. Owens hasn’t played a down in the regular season since 2010 with Cincinnati, and failed to make the Seattle Seahawks opening day roster in training camp last season.
When asked to explain why he has remained a free agent despite his claim that he still has the ability to play for many teams in the league, Terrell Owens answered that:
“I think a lot of his has to do with my reputation, things that I’ve done earlier in my career,” he said. “But I’m a changed person. I’m a little bit more mature than I was in years past, and I think if everybody, or anybody, out there can look past that and look what I can bring more so to a team than obviously some of the things that happened in the past—I can look past it, and maybe they could, and I could go in there and help a team and develop some of those younger guys.
But again, I know I can still play the game, and it’s just a matter of someone just giving me an opportunity to go out there and play.’’
Owens also says that he has no regrets about the way he has conducted it in the past, claiming that this is proof of his maturation process that he says he has undergone. If he is able to move on from the mistakes he made during his career, he feels that NFL teams should as well, giving the 39 year old Owens a chance to prove that he can still play the game he loves.
NFL fans, you may have to “get your popcorn ready” for one last season. If Terrell Owens comes back and can play the game well enough to make some team’s roster, odds are his headline making antics will resurface. Old habits die hard after all. However, Owens told CBS Sports that if he fails to land a contract this year, he will retire officially at the end of the season.
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