Hall of Fame wide receiver Terrell Owens isn't ruling out an NFL comeback as he has said that just because he hasn't played in the league since 2010 it doesn't mean that he is retired. Owens, a former five-time First-team All-Pro wide receiver, is set to return to football by playing in the Fan Controlled Football league.
There, Owens will team up with former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel on the Zeppers. Owens, 48, hasn't played in the NFL since 2010. In his last season with the Cincinnati Bengals, Owens caught 72 passes for 983 yards and nine touchdowns.
"I wasn't given the opportunity to play. That doesn't mean I retired," Owens told ESPN. "Has Colin Kaepernick retired? [He's not in the NFL] because he hasn't been given an opportunity. "I can do a lot of things that people feel I can't do.
It's not a matter of me going out there and trying to prove anybody wrong. I just don't like the notion that people see it, even in the National Football League, it's almost like, OK, you've reached a certain age at whatever point in time in your life and they feel like you can't play anymore or your skills decline to a degree.
Of course everybody's skills at some point may decline, but I think there are certain people that kind of defy those odds, and I think I'm one of those people."
Owens uses Tom Brady as an example
Brady is 44 but still playing and doing so at a very high level.
"If Tom Brady can do it, if they can marvel at some of the things he's done, I'm no different than Tom," Owens said of the 44-year-old Brady. "Yeah, I play the receiver position. Obviously, the risk is much higher, but with anything, with any sport, injuries are part of the game.
I don't go into a situation with the notion that I am going to get hurt or I can't take a hit; that makes no sense to me. For me, I know that I'm a special individual. "So if [an opportunity to play in the NFL] arises or comes about because of playing in Fan Controlled Football league because they see me take hits ...
then so be it. But that's not what I'm actively pursuing. It's a partnership with Fan Controlled Football league. It's to help grow what they're trying to do, even attract some guys who may be at home, not doing anything."