Terrell Owens says his FCF performance shows he’s ready for NFL comeback

Little has changed for Terrell Owens other than his age and his surroundings.

For the 48-year-old Hall of Famer, the playing field is now. The competition, younger. The venue, smaller.

Yet, as he arrived Saturday for his fourth week of Fan Controlled Football, wearing a solid red sweatsuit and his customary black sunglasses, he entered the bravado of a star set to the stage.

The physique, the swagger and an elite wide receiver of confidence remain. And Owens continues to act, talk and look at the part.

But can he still play the part?

Having reached the midpoint of the season in his return to competitive football, Owens believes he has shown he can. That could still be an asset to the NFL. That should not dictate his age.

“For all the naysayers, you’ve got all the analysts, so-called experts that say once you get 32, 33, 34, 35, you’re too old to play the game,” Owens told NBCLX. “That ‘s not the case for me. To see and do what I’m doing, I’ve been doing it for four weeks straight.

“So, for me, it’s something that I can do. If I couldn’t do it, I wouldn’t have come back the second week or the third week or this week. If this is any indication, or any inspiration for a lot of people, for anybody that said they can’t do anything or they hold a ceiling for themselves, look at me and look at what I’m doing at 48. These guys, I don’t even pay any attention if anyone says it, but a lot of these guys are half my age. I’m still moving, making plays. “

There is only one active player in the NFL who was born in the same weekly as Owens. It was while watching that 44-year-old player, Tom Brady, during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ loss to the Los Angeles Rams in the postseason that saw his services be used in third-down and red-zone situations. A team on the cusp of making the playoffs or contending for a Super Bowl.

A team like the Bucs.

“They lost two-thirds of their receiving corp,” Owens said, alluding to the Bucs having waived Antonio Brown and lost Chris Godwin. “They played the Los Angeles Rams, they had no production in the first half. Luckily because of Tom Brady, with his greatness, they came back, they tied the game up. They left too much time on the clock. The Los Angeles Rams end up winning the game. If you put me in that field in the first half or even the second half of that game, Tom Brady could very well have his eighth Super Bowl ring. “

Or a team like the Kansas City Chiefs.

“I talk consistently with Coach [Andy] Reid during the course of the season, look at what happened to them against the Bengals, “Owens said. “They were in the red zone, their last snap was in the red zone, you saw Patrick Mahomes scrambling around because he couldn’t find anybody to get open. … You put me in that situation, a red-zone situation, I’m a viable option that is going to free up the tight end. ”

But how and why would a 48-year-old succeed where current wide receivers failed in acting as a diversion for the Mahomes or getting an eighth Super Bowl championship for Brady? Owens said he’d bring a unique blend, combining the experience of a Hall of Famer with the speed of a rookie.

“I guarantee you can run under a 4.5,” Owens said of his 40-yard dash time. “I can run a 4.4 now. Will that still need to move to make someone pull the trigger? Who knows? But I know I can run. Speed ​​is part of the football game, but there are a lot of people that run 4.4. But that doesn’t mean they can actually play. For me to do that at my age and understand and be knowledgeable about the game, that’s beneficial for any team. “

Owens said an NFL team reached out last year and expressed interest.

“We had an owner that basically reached out to me, basically said keep myself ready,” Owens said. “I did that. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. But again, I know I can still play the game. No question about it.”

Owens believes he has showcased his ability over the first four weeks of the season with the Zappers in Fan Controlled Football, a seven-on-seven indoor league played on a 50-yard field with fans calling their team’s offensive plays. Owens has eight catches for 78 yards and two touchdowns this season, though he was held without a catch Saturday as the Zappers were shut out, leading to trade speculation. The team’s struggles are to come amid inconsistent quarterback play for the 0-4 Zappers, who had just one of Johnny Manziel’s first four games.

“That ‘s, I guess, typical of Johnny Manziel,” Owens said during the postgame show on fubo Sports. “That’s part of why he probably isn’t in the National Football League. He has to take some reasonability of his actions. He is to be a professional, even with this. Like for me, I don’t have to go to practice, but I do anyway because that’s just who I am. “

Owens has taken his hits and returned to play in each of the first four weeks despite the fact, he said, that he was only obligated to play in four games total all season. More than stats, Owens thinks dedication, along with his route running and ability to get open on FCF’s short field, shows what he is still capable of at the next level.

“This is a fast track,” Owens said. “The plays are faster, it’s almost the opposite to the red zone every down. If you are in the National Football League, the field is not as wide, it is not as long. So, I know to be able to get open and do things here, there is no doubt that I can obviously get open on a real field. “

What ‘s the motivation to do so at 48 years old? Particularly after a Hall of Fame career in which Owens amassed 15,934 receiving yards, third-most all-time.

“I mean, just to show people that I can still do it,” Owens said. “Cause like I said, for so many people to have platforms. If you guys like Shannon Sharpe, you have Stephen A. Smith, guys that have noticed that there is still an interest I want to play if given an opportunity, saying that I can’t play, saying that I might get hurt, my body. is this, that and the other. Now, what do they have to say? “

“Not that I had any doubt,” he added. “But again, you start to hear people say this, that and the other. That you can’t do this and you can’t do that. I mean, I’m human. You start to wonder, ‘Oh, can I really do it?’ But it’s just a matter of actually just getting out there and doing it. That’s more than half the battle for anybody that has really kind of set limits on themselves. Doubt, self-doubt, it’s something that comes with just being alive. Every day, waking up and thinking, ‘OK can I do this? Can I not do that? ‘ You never know until you actually put your foot forward, get out the bed and actually do it. So, this is nothing new for me. I’ve kept myself in shape throughout the course of my career and after my career. That’s why I’m able to do what I’m doing now. “

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