Is NFL Hall of Famer Terrell Owens making a comeback?
Hall of Fame wide receiver Terrell Owens is coming out of retirement to play in the Fan Controlled Football league. Could this be the start of a comeback?
It would appear that the Hall of Fame wide receiver hasn't had enough of the game just yet.
Terrell Owens is 'Unretiring'
Its been a well known fact for years that Terrell Owens has wanted an opportunity to play in the NFL again. Now it seems he's actively trying to make that happen with reports confirming that the Hall of Fame wide receiver is coming out of retirement to play in the Fan Controlled Football league (FCF), which made it's debut in 2021. As per reports, Owens has joined the Zappers where he will play alongside former first-round pick Johnny Manziel who went on to play for the Cleveland Browns.
What is the FCF?
The FCF is an American football league which consists of eight teams playing in 7-on-7 football games that last approximately one hour. The field on which games are played is 50-by-35 yards with 10-yard end zones. Both plays and rosters are called and created respectively by fans. All teams in the league follow a seven-week schedule, with games being streamed on FuboTV. Last year, games were held at the league's facility in the Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth, Georgia. Interestingly, the league doubled from four teams to eight in its second season.
Who is Terrell Owens and why is he joining the FCF?
At 48 years of age, some might treat Owens' move as a case of not knowing when your time has come, but make no mistake, Terrell Owens is serious about proving he can still play at a high level, more than a decade after his final NFL game. During a career that saw him play for the 49ers, Eagles, Cowboys, Bills and Bengals, his 15,934 total receiving yards ranks third in NFL history. Just Jerry Rice and Larry Fitzgerald stand in front. In case you were wondering, his 153 receiving touchdowns also rank third, this time behind Rice and Randy Moss). For good measure, Owens' 1,078 receptions is eighth on the list in NFL history.
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That of course is just the tip of the iceberg where T.O's numbers are concerned. An all-decade selection in the 2000s, Owens led the NFL in touchdown receptions three times and finished with nine 1,000-yard seasons. He was a five-time first-team All-Pro selection and selected to the Pro Bowl on no less than six occasions. A multiple record holder - if it wasn't already clear - Owens' 75 touchdown catches post 30 are only behind Rice (102) for most in the history of the NFL. As for his 7,601 receiving yards after turning 30, that's sixth highest overall. With that kind of CV, it might be worthwhile keeping an eye on Owens, as he gets back to the gridiron. After all, who knows what could happen?