Terrell Owens wanted an opportunity back in the NFL for years, but the Hall of Fame wide receiver isn’t ready to call it a career in professional football just yet. Per Frank Pingue of Reuters, Owens will make his return to the gridiron in the Fan Controlled Football league that debuted last year — joining the Zappers with former first-round pick Johnny Manziel.
The FCF is a eight-team league that plays 7-on-7 football. In the FCF, fans call the plays and make the rosters. Teams in the league play a seven-week schedule, and the games will be streamed on fuboTV from the league’s facility (the games were held at Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth, Georgia last year). The games last about an hour, and the field is 50-by-35 yards with 10-yard end zones.
The league doubled from four teams to eight for its second season. Josh Gordon played in the FCF last year, and Manziel is returning for his second season.
Owens, now 48 years old, wants to prove he can still play at a high level — 12 years after his final NFL game. His 15,934 career receiving yards rank third in NFL history (behind only Jerry Rice and Larry Fitzgerald), while his 153 receiving touchdowns are also third (behind only Rice and Randy Moss). Owens also has 1,078 receptions, good for eighth in NFL history.
An all-decade selection in the 2000s, Owens led the NFL in touchdown receptions three times and finished with nine 1,000-yard seasons. He was a five-time first-team All-Pro selection and made the Pro Bowl six times. Owens’ 75 touchdown catches after turning 30 trail Rice (102) for most in NFL history, and his 7,601 receiving yards after turning 30 are the sixth-most all-time.
Watching Owens return to football will be worth monitoring, as he wants to prove he can still play the game at a high level.