Terrell Owens has ended his professional football career and will dust off his football and gloves.
And the former San Francisco 49ers player – who has combined a career worthy of the Hall of Fame – will be joining a fan-controlled tournament.
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Owens League will join
As reported by Reuters on Thursday morning, March 31, the 48-year-old Owens will join FCF – otherwise known as Fan Controlled Football.
The tournament featured former 1st round runner and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, who plays for the Zappers. “Johnny Football” will now have a new goal to work towards: Owens himself.
“From assembling a passionate fan base to help build the team, to signing Johnny Manziel as FCF’s first franchise player, the Zappers won’t let anything stand in their way. back them on their way to the title,” the biography reads on the Zappers home page. “The Zappers ownership offers great personality and is set to hit the rest of the league with reckless abandon. You never know what will happen next from these masterminds, but you can be sure that it will be a good time.”
Adding Owens all but likely adds more intrigue to the team and league.
About the Federation
FCF will host its second season this year starting April 16 in Atlanta. Its primary mission is to: Allow fans to control the action by calling turns.
“FCF is professional football re-imagined for the modern digital world. The games are actually played in a single high-tech studio arena and streamed live on Twitch,” the tournament’s mission statement reads on its website.
The league has more of an Arena Football League-like feel to it, as they play indoors and on a shortened pitch. Except for two pitch differences, the grass is 50 yards long and the tournament can be played in a 7v7 format with three attacking players on the field. Here is an example of the tournament in action:
The league started with four teams but will now double its size to eight teams for a 2nd season. But here’s where Owens comes in too: A source told Reuters Owens himself will be wearing a helmet. Camera and microphone on during live action match.
Owens will also be active away from the ballpark during the season – he’s also lined up to do interviews with team owners and players when the Zappers are out of action.
The league includes a seven-match schedule including post-season, and all games are played in Atlanta. There are athletes in the past who have taken possession of the league including former Owens teammate Buffalo Bills in a Marshawn Lynch season, when the two played together during the 2009 season. Athletes/celebs Other names with owner shares in the tournament according to Reuters include Richard Sherman, Austin Ekeler and Dalvin Cook. The Zappers are owned by Minnesota Vikings who run Cook and New York Mets pitcher Trevor May.
48-year-old Owens has been 12 years out of his last NFL season, which was with the Cincinnati Bengals.
However, this is not his first comeback attempt.
Back in 2012, Reuters reported that he entered the Texas Indoor Soccer League as a co-owner and star player. However, he was released after eight games and had his possession terminated for breach of his contract.
Owens finished his NFL career with 15,934 yards received, 153 touchdowns and a total of 1,078 catches per Pro Football Reference.
Despite his age, Owens has continued to stay in shape, including releasing his personal workout video in April 2021.
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