Terrell Owens spoke with Alouettes’ Kavis Reed about a CFL comeback

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.


28 Comments on Terrell Owens spoke with Alouettes’ Kavis Reed about a CFL comeback

  1. Habsnriders // April 9, 2018 at 1:27 pm //

    I wonder if he thinks the CFL is than much lower than the Nfl that he could comeback at 44 . More power to him but he wouldn’t make it out of training camp.

    • Even at 44 Owens would tear up the CFL, that’s how good he was!! As he says he’s in great shape!
      Maybe he will show up this year at age 45 to help the Als

      • WilsonR // April 9, 2018 at 7:08 pm //

        I take it you’re either substantially younger than 44, or you are Bartolo Colon.

        • Sixbeamers // April 9, 2018 at 7:30 pm //

          Bartolo Colon only has to pitch six innings every five days. In between starts, he runs gassers, lifts weights and adheres to a strict diet, as you can tell from his ripped, svelte, “Big Sexy” physique.
          And, unlike football players, he doesn’t get roughed up a lot — except by hitters (his ERA was 8.14 last season with Atlanta), his two “wives” and dependents.

          • CFLfirst // April 9, 2018 at 11:14 pm //

            when you factor in the dollars you’re committing to Colon, you have to factor in a 20% chance he might have a heart attack and die. It’s hard not to cheer for a guy that out of shape that can compete at a professional level

  2. Sixbeamers // April 9, 2018 at 1:27 pm //


  3. Geez – you guys drop the comedy road show

  4. This reminds me of that Dancing with the Stars guy Michael Sam. He looked good to crack an NFL roster, but didn’t… then joined the Alouettes after his media circus tour – realizing he wasn’t at all game ready. He underestimated the CFL.

  5. Rider fan // April 9, 2018 at 2:41 pm //

    I don’t think this will happen. Sure makes people talk

  6. tom calder // April 9, 2018 at 2:48 pm //

    thank god this never materialized. Another gimmick from a team that desperately needs integrity and credibility

  7. Ocho Cinco couldn’t cut it in the CFL either. He couldn’t handle the speed and size of the field.

  8. TO a perfect fit for me first Cowtown.

  9. Edward Leslie // April 9, 2018 at 4:36 pm //

    Chad Johnson was one of the top NFL receivers too. How did he do in Montreal? He failed.
    Michael Sam wasn’t in the NFL “because they discriminated against gays”, so the story went.
    How did he do in Montreal? He failed and bailed.
    Vaughn Martin was one of the most successful Canadians to play in the NFL, playing for years down south. How did he do in Montreal? He failed and was released half way through his only season. No other team claimed him.
    Troy Smith won the Heisman Troplhy and played in the NFL. Surely he would be the replacement for Anthony Calvillo that they were looking for, right? Wrong. He failed too.
    Terrell Owens would’ve failed too. Even Kavis Reed knew that.

    • Well you have listed the few failures out of thousands of ex-NFLers but you seem to forget that ALL of our current all stars including ALL the staring QBs and RBs couldn’t make it in the NFL either after coming out of the NCAA.
      Without the NFL failures we wouldn’t have a CFL

  10. hmmmm…the late Sam Etcheverry, was, arguably (with deference to Calvillo) the best QB Mtl. ever had. Too bad THE Rifle isn’t available, because it seems Kavis Reed just keeps lowering the bar. And, of course, an ancient Calvillo is still available. How bad does this franchise have to get before the stupidity at the top stops? Either sell the franchise, or get a football guy to run the show, and then LET HIM TO DO without interference.

  11. that should have been LET HIM DO IT

    • Sixbeamers // April 9, 2018 at 6:53 pm //

      This is why a TO-in-the-CFL possibility is a non-story. From the Washington Post, May 30, 2012:
      “Allen (Tex.) Wranglers of The Indoor Football League released Owens on Tuesday, citing what owner Jon Frankel termed a “lack of effort both on and off the field.”
      Owens was 38 at the time. He’s now 44. Unlike fine wines, football players don’t age well.

  12. Fan in the stands // April 9, 2018 at 6:36 pm //

    All I can say is…, wow.

    I know Kavis Reed is very good at mucking things up in Montreal, but he should quit telling jokes. Owens…, seriously?!?! I feel so sorry for the Alouette faithful, I really do.

    Go Blue!

    • I’ve been chronicling the Decline and Fall of the Montreal Alouettes since Calvillo refused to leave the field EVER, to give his potential future replacements just a few snaps…for their development and the future of the franchise.

      Several seasons of Calvillo affliction in the coaching ranks hasn’t helped either, but you’d think it would be time to root out that cancerous regime, once and for all, especially with a whole new set of coaches this season.

      And yet Kavis Reed remains, decimating the team that humiliated him in his 13th man, “Too Many Men Saskatchewan” lowest moment.

      How has he survived bringing Durant to Montreal? Why is an unqualified GM who’s proved his incapacity to do the job STILL in the position to fool everyone into believing he’ll find talent and work towards building a Championship Team in this city?



  13. Edward Leslie // April 9, 2018 at 11:21 pm //

    Jeff, you missed my point.
    The “name” players tend to fail in the CFL because they come in figuring it will be easy. They played in the NFL. They maybe have an attitude of entitlement Doug Flutie and a few others being the exceptions. They definitely aren’t as hungry to learn the CFL brand of football and make the lineup as some of the unheralded NCAA grads are. Those tend to be players who either got ignored by the NFL, or didn’t catch on in NFL training camps.

    As for your remark about not having a league without Americans, without them we’d just go back to the days when the CFL was 100% Canadian. That could be good. I definitely think that they should lower the number of Americans. This is something that the CFL should consider, especially with these new rival US leagues starting up in the next year or two. They will be luring lots of American players that the CFL might have attracted normally. I think a new American ratio of 15 per team would be a better number than the present total.

  14. Terrell should of come to the CFL right after his NFL days ended. Years later is most likely to late for him. Most likely not ion FOOTBALL SHAPE and his catching instincts probably done and gone as far as real game action is concerned.

  15. BigRedMachine // April 10, 2018 at 2:21 am //

    TO has always had a pretty high opinion of TO…

  16. Margaret Marshall // April 10, 2018 at 11:01 am //

    I would like to voice concert for TO health and safety should he decide to compete with people who are in their physical prime. Each week players are expected to perform at an elite level. People become injured and debilitatied by the game experience over the season. These demands are a dose of reality and dash unrealistic expectations when the body succumbs to these stressors. I suspect that Terrel Owens reach may have exceeded his grasp. Please stay retired and bask in the glory of your formidable accomplishments.

  17. Yup. That’s where we’re at Als fans. From Troy Smith to Chad Johnson to now Terrell Owens: the bitter dregs of the football world. What an f’in mess this team. Makes me so sad.

  18. Edward Leslie // April 11, 2018 at 12:38 am //

    Nostredummass: Rather than going after Terrell Owens or Johnny Manziel, maybe the Alouettes could offer the Eskimos super scout Paul Jones a big contract. He has found many of the best players on the Eskinos over the years. He’d be a better investment than Ocho Cinco!
    As for T.O., I’m sceptical that he could play still, but you never know.
    Gordie Howe played until he was 52. I think Satchel Paige played even longer than that. And what about the great comeback of George Foreman? Plus the George Forensn grill was awesome. LOL

  19. This is just stupid hype, Who knows if he would have made it in his prime? This is a very different game up here, and if he is lazy he’d never have made it up here. Our game is too fast!!!

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