At 38, receiver Terrell Owens believes he can still play in the NFL.
Never mind that no team signed him in 2011 after he recovered from a torn anterior cruciate ligament. He said teams stayed away from him for other reasons and paid for it.
Owens pointed out the 49ers and Ravens who lost in the NFC and AFC championship games respectively as teams who could have used his services.
He hopes his presence with the Allen Wranglers of the indoor football league shows general managers around the league how bad he wants to play and that he is a changed man.
“I’m not using it as a route to get back in the NFL,” Owens said. “I know I can play. That’s not even a question that I can play. You look at the NFC Championship and the AFC Championship. You look at those games, especially the NFC championship. Their starting receiving corps had one catch for three yards. You look at the AFC championship. The Baltimore Ravens the past two years brought in two guys they thought could get the job done. It comes down to crucial catches and they didn’t make those catches. So I am definitely aware of my talents. I have never been shy of confidence. For whatever reason, I didn’t play this year. That doesn’t mean I can’t play the game. Everybody knows I’m in great shape. It’s just a matter of getting the opportunity.”
The Ravens receivers Owens is talking about are Lee Evans and T.J. Houshmandzadeh, who both had huge drops in playoff losses in 2011 and 2010 respectively.
And yes the 49ers had only one catch for three yards from receiver Michael Crabtree. He also had several drops in the playoffs.
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