Terrell Owens Awaits Another Opportunity at 38 Years Old, Believes Randy Moss Signing in San Fran is a Good OmenMarch 19, 2012 – 7:00 am by Brad Gagnon
While Randy Moss has a new lease on life in the NFL, Terrell Owens is still toiling away with the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League. But the 38-year-old Owens, who sat out all of the 2011 season due to injury and a lack of interest in his services, isn’t giving up on a pursuit to rejoin the National Football League.
When Terrell Owens joined Ben and Skin on ESPN Dallas he was asked about the incident in which he recently went over the wall during a game with his indoor team, how the Randy Moss signing in San Francisco might help his cause in NFL free agency, and the possibility of returning to the Cowboys.
On going over the wall and into the crowd during his most recent IFL game:
“Obviously by it being me going over the wall, everybody was all up in an uproar and ecstatic about it and made a big deal out of nothing. But actually it was kind of fun going over the wall . . . You don’t really have a whole lot of room to operate, so going to the wall or to the sideline, it’s either you’re going to get tackled into the wall or you’re going over the wall. So it was one of those situations where I faced up the guy and it took about two or three people, so I didn’t go down to the ground, so that’s the best thing — best next option was to kind of just push me over the wall, so it was one of those things where I (went) head over heels. I didn’t get hurt — it was one of those things where I just went with the flow of it and then next thing I know I was kinda just — I looked up — and I was kinda head over heels and on the concrete. Both other than that it was fun, to be honest.”
On if he perceived the Randy Moss signing in San Francisco to be a good omen for his football future:
“I think it was a good sign. Other than that I have no earthly idea why I haven’t been signed at this point, but I’m not discouraged by it. I mean, him getting signed is obviously a good sign for myself. Again, it’s not like I can’t play. If they wanna use that I’m 38 as a reason for not signing me I think that’s somewhat discouraging, because age is nothing but a number, especially when you’re dealing with somebody — and I think, myself, me being 38, that’s not even a problem or should be a question, when it comes to someone with my statute and things that I’ve done at my age. Again, I’m 38 but I don’t feel 38. I don’t play 38. So again, I’m definitely looking forward to getting back on the field. Again, with him getting signed, that’s obviously a good sign, not only for myself but him as well. I mean, he was out of football for a year. Again, I’m just looking forward to the opportunity.”
On Dallas needing a No. 3 receiver:
“Like I said, I’m ready, I’m willing to play.”
On what would keep that from happening:
“Well I think it was a situation where I think (Jason) Garrett — I wasn’t one of his guys, and got into a situation where he had a little bit of power and didn’t feel like I fit in the locker room or he felt like I was dividing the locker room, which was, again, discouraging considering there was a number of guys in the locker room that pretty much vouched for me that said I wasn’t a problem.”
On the notion in some circles that he was actually a leader in the Dallas locker room:
“My thing is, to be honest, if you look at what I did when I was there and when I wasn’t there, not too much changed. Again, everyone kept saying that I was the problem, and again, I tried to show my leadership — it’s viewed differently than when somebody else displays their leadership and tries to lead the team. It’s kinda discouraging when I try to be a leader on the team and try to be vocal, people seem to take that a little bit differently than anybody else that’s pretty much doing the same thing. So I know there was a couple people including Garrett that I think didn’t want me there, and ultimately led me to not be on that team and got cut, got released when I had just signed an extension the year before. So other than that, man, I can’t really say. I can’t do anything about being released. Would I like to play for the Cowboys again? Sure. I just want an opportunity to play football, and try to help a team win a championship. I know that I have that capability, I know I have that big-play capability still. So other than that, I’m not the one that makes that call. Again, the guys in the locker room, they know the type of person that I am, they know the type of player I am. So again, I can only just go with one team, and all I need is one opportunity.”
On if he’s been following free agency and offseason developments:
“Actually I don’t really follow it too much, to be honest. I know this is free agency period, I know how that is — it’s pretty much a frenzy right now. I know they’re throwing a lot of money around. And so you look at what Calvin Johnson got paid, I mean that was off the charts, off the chain. So I think that may be the best deal a receiver ever has had when it comes to contract wise. But honestly I haven’t — you know, I get on Twitter from time to time and so I, that’s how I kind of keep updated as far as what’s going on because I think, just like you and everybody else, everybody feels that I should get a shot. They’re trying to figure out why I haven’t been signed, yet considering that everybody knows the history of Randy, and Randy’s a good friend of mine. So again, everybody knows what he’s done the last two or three years with the teams that he’s played on. Of course Randy’s a tremendous player but I think the last two or three stops, that history has been an eye-opener to a lot of people too. So they figured, ‘Okay, with his history and what he’s done the last two stops,’ and he can sign, there definitely should be some suitor out there for myself. So I don’t personally try to keep up with what’s going on, but being a Twitter advocate and being part of social media, I’m kept updated with everything going on. So even with me playing in the IFL, my stats and me, I would say everybody posting the video of me going over the wall like that was a big deal, so it’s hard not to kinda keep up with what’s going on. But me personally, I don’t. So there’s 32 teams, I can only play for one team — so all I need is just one opportunity.”