Pro Football Hall of Fame receiver Terrell Owens had a conversation with Montreal Alouettes general manager Kavis Reed about the potential of playing pro football again in 2017.
“Even as recently as last year, I have a friend Ky Hebert who played with the Alouettes. We’ve trained together and he saw the decent shape that I was in. I talked to the general manager there [Kavis Reed], but, obviously, it didn’t really go anywhere,” Owens told media in B.C. while being the Lions guest of honour at the Orange Helmet Awards.
“I would’ve definitely attempted it had something come about,” Owens said about the potential of joining the Alouettes.
The 44-year-old Owens has not played in an NFL game since 2010 with the Cincinnati Bengals. In 2012 he played eight games with the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League making 35 receptions for 420 yards and 10 touchdowns. The Seattle Seahawks signed Owens during training camp in 2012 but released him a few weeks later. Owens captained and played for the self-named Team Owens in the inaugural game of the American Flag Football League last June.
“I’m not in game shape. I know physically I look in shape, but it encompasses a lot to get back out on the field and do the things that it takes to take the pounding. It wouldn’t be hard, it’s just a matter of me committing myself to do that,” Owens said.
“It’s up for discussion I suppose.”
During 16 NFL seasons, Owens had 15,934 career receiving yards which rank second all-time in NFL history and 153 receiving touchdowns put him third. He was a five-time first-team All-Pro in the NFL.