Former NFL Star Terrell Owens Tries His Hand at Professional Bowling

By Marian Hinton
Mark J. Rebilas: USA TODAY Sports

Former NFL standout, Terrell Owens, has traded in his football cleats (though not by choice) and replaced them with bowling shoes. That’s right, the always eccentric six-time Pro Bowler has taken up a different type of bowling. The former wide receiver made his professional bowling debut this week at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships.

Representing the Bowlers Journal International of Chicago, Owens finished his first three professional games with scores of 185, 129 and 161. Pretty good for your every-day-bowler, but I imagine that T.O. has a long way to go to make it as a professional.

Owens, who was most recently played for the arena football team the Allen Wranglers (for which he was also part owner), is now the celebrity owner of the Dallas Strikers, a member of the eight-team PBA, or Professional Bowling Association.

Of his performance, T.O. had this to say:

It’s all about repetition. You’re only going to get out of it what you put in. I’m starting to get in a rhythm and starting to bowl a little more, so it’ll come in time. I just tried to focus on some of the things I’ve been taught and dialed in on that.

Owens has made it clear to anyone listening that he still isn’t ready for his NFL career to come to a close, stating earlier this month that he would welcome the chance to play for the Chicago Bears under new coach Marc Trestman; obviously, however, that is a long shot for the 39-year-old.

Perhaps Owens should instead focus on improving his bowling game. After all, known for his off-the-wall touchdown celebrations, I bet he has a pretty awesome celebration for throwing strikes as well.


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