Story originally posted on Bleacher Report by Tim Daniels
Hall of Fame wide receiver Terrell Owens says he can still play at age 47.
He last played for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2010, and said he recently ran a 4.4-second 40-yard dash.
"I'm not washed up," T.O. said. "... Once you know how to ride a bike, you know, you don't forget how to ride that bike. ... There's no doubt, 100 percent, that I can play in the National Football League today."
Owens was a force at his peak, scoring at least 13 touchdowns in seven seasons over the span of 10 years from 1998 through 2007.
He was still productive for the Bengals in 2010 with 72 catches for 983 yards and nine scores in 14 games. He suffered a torn ACL during the 2011 offseason, however, and hasn't played in another regular-season game despite consistently seeking a possible comeback.
He signed with the Seattle Seahawks in August 2012 but lasted just three weeks on the roster before being released. That was his most recent NFL contract.
He remains optimistic that his chance to return to the league will materialize.
"With that conversation that I had, they asked me to keep myself in shape—anything can happen," he said. "And, so, that's what I'm doing."
While T.O.'s physical conditioning was always an advantage when he was terrorizing secondaries on a weekly basis in the late 1990s and early 2000s, trying to compete with players in their 20s when he's a few years from 50 would be an incredibly difficult task.
He is already enshrined in the Hall of Fame in 2018 after a career where he made 1,078 catches for 15,934 yards and 153 touchdowns. He was one of the most unstoppable playmakers in league history when at his best.
It sounds like Owens plans to remain in shape indefinitely while hoping to get a call, but it would be a major surprise to see him play in another regular-season game.