Still better than most
There aren't many athletes who could overcome a devastating knee injury this late in a career and come back to make a contribution. Then again, Terrell Owens is a physical freak who has defied long odds before — think of the way he recovered to play in the Super Bowl against the Patriots.
Yes, his abilities have been on the decline, but I don't see him ending his career on such a quiet note. While there's always a chance he could retire before the start of the season, I think it's more likely he tries to bounce back in time to hook on in the last quarter of the season with a team making a playoff run.
Even at 38, which he'll be then, he'll likely be better than a lot of third or fourth receivers around the league.
Time to move to TV
Terrell Owens always has been able to talk a good game, even when his performance on the field occasionally spoke volumes about his advancing age.
But this latest speed bump — ACL surgery coupled with his turning 38 on Dec. 7 — should give the six-time Pro Bowl performer reason to consider retirement.
I believe he has a future in pro football, just no longer as an exceptional wide receiver.
The NFL Network or other related sports news outlets would figure to indulge the flamboyant T.O.
Done … we can only hope
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Knee injuries to football players who rely on speed and athleticism are never good, especially to those who are 37 years old. I'm sure Terrell Owens will do what he can to make a few more bucks and attempt an NFL comeback after his ACL surgery. But I am hoping his career is finally over.
I'm tired of his astronomical ego, nonstop mouth and alligator arms. He once was a very talented wide receiver, one of the NFL's best for a short time. He might have a special place in the hearts of some Eagles fans for his Super Bowl performance several years back.
But I'm tired of the me-attitude shtick of too many pro athletes. Where have you gone Barry Sanders? Goodbye, Terrell Owens. I'll never miss you.
He'll get another shot
I seriously doubt it. Although the injury is shrouded in mystery, there has been no suggestion that it's a career-ending tear. Obviously, when a 37-year-old receiver tears his ACL, it's not a minor injury, either.
Without having many of the facts, my guess is that Owens will train like crazy and rehab the knee back into some semblance of NFL shape. Being in excellent condition has never been a problem for him. He knows how to use his body.
Still, I presume he's not going to be playing when the season starts. It will take time to get the knee back, but once it is, I believe some team will give him a shot. Even if it's a cameo in a Hall of Fame career, it will allow Owens to go out on his own terms.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun