Terrell Owens, set to turn 40 in December, still has dreams of playing again in the NFL. The outspoken wideout has not played in a regular-season game since 2010, then a member of a horrific Cincinnati Bengals team. Owens is the second leading receiver in league history and is a first-ballot Hall of Famer. In his prime, no one possessed the offensive skills at wideout like he did. But now, Owens is a washed up player who can’t come to grips with the fact that he no longer can compete in a league he once dominated.
Owens created some buzz last month when he was spotted working out with Tom Brady at USC. Both parties agreed the workout held no significance whatsoever, outside of maintaining in football shape. Then, the Patriots squashed any potential rumors of Owens heading to New England by declaring they had no interest in signing the 39-year-old wide receiver.
The league is made up of young talent and therefore no team in the NFL wants Owens’ services, especially the New England Patriots, one of the elite teams in the league for over a decade. Owens, in an exclusive interview with BlindsideFootball.com, explains why he still has a desire to play in the NFL.
“Well I think it’s a matter of me knowing that I still have the ability to play, and knowing that I still have something to offer. I have things to offer from experience: mentorship. It’s one of those situations where I know that I can still play at a productive level — if you look at the state of health I’m in and the caliber of player I’ve been, the way I’ve been able to keep myself in shape over the years.”
Owens later asserted how he could contribute to the winning ways of the Patriots:
“Under the tutelage of Tom and Coach Bill Belichick, I think the sky would be the limit in terms of what I’d be able to do. Considering my body of work and my history of playing the game.”
Owens needs to let this pipe dream go. The Patriots have no interest in signing him and he needs to accept the reality that his playing days are over. Owens should just retire and enjoy being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.