On Saturday, the Hall of Fame wide receiver made his professional football debut in the Fan Controlled Football league. The 48-year-first old’s reception came on the game’s final play, when he snagged a 12-yard touchdown pass in his Zappers’ 20-12 loss to the Shoulda Been Stars.
What did Terrell Owens say about his debut?
Owens said after the game, “I felt fine.” “I mean, I’m clearly rusty, but I just need to work on my timing with some of the quarterbacks. But you know what I’m getting at? It’s football. Obviously, I believe we desired to win, but we fell short on that front. Hey, we’ve still got seven games left. As a result, there is always space for improvement.”
Owens was the featured attraction on the opening day of the second season of Fan Controlled Football, a 7-on-7 indoor league that allows fans to select offensive plays. He wore “Prototype81” in place of his name on the back of his No. 81 jersey. Fans and Zappers quarterback Danny Southwick were on the lookout for Owens right on, as he was targeted five times on the first drive.
Owens, who last played in the NFL in 2010, beat his defender on a deep ball down the sideline early in the second half, but the pass fell incomplete. On 4th-and-15 later in the drive, Southwick eluded the sack and threw downfield to Owens, who leaped to grab the ball but couldn’t hang on for the catch.
Southwick targeted Owens on successive plays in the end zone with the Zappers behind 14-6, with the second attempt incurring a pass interference penalty, putting the ball at the two-yard line. With just over five minutes to go, Southwick’s next ball was intercepted.
Owens was supposed to partner up with former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, who is back in the league for his second season, but the former Heisman Trophy winner said during Saturday’s broadcast that he needed more time to prepare after arriving late to camp.
Owens played for the 49ers for eight seasons until being moved to the Philadelphia Eagles, where he helped them win the Super Bowl in 2004. Owens played three seasons with the Dallas Cowboys before moving on to the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals to conclude his career.
After finishing with 15,934 receiving yards, Owens was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame in 2018, trailing just Jerry Rice and Larry Fitzgerald for the most all-time. With 1,078 receptions, he ranks eighth all-time in the league.
His first with FCF, while being known for his wild touchdown celebrations, was more subdued since the game had already been settled. So, if Owens was planned to celebrate by dumping popcorn over his helmet like he used to do in the NFL, he’ll have to wait until his next score. “I’m going to be a load to deal with once I get everything down, get my feet under me,” Owens said.