Feb 25, 2011; Allen, TX USA; Allen Wranglers wide receiver Terrell Owens (81) warms up before facing the Wichita Wild at the Allen Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Terrell Owens: "If I Don't Play This Year, I'm Retiring"

Despite the persistent media attention and all the other stuff that surrounds him, Terrell Owens has had an illustrious NFL career as one of the top wide receivers in the game during his prime.

Owens, who is currently a free agent, will call it quits if he doesn’t get a job next season.

“If I play this year, that’d be awesome,” Owens told CBSSports. “If I don’t play this year, I’m retiring.”

Owens’ last stint in the NFL came in 2012 with the Seattle Seahawks, but never saw the field and was released less than a month after he signed.

“I never got into a rhythm in Seattle,” he said. “Just as I was getting to where I wanted to be, they cut me.”

San Francisco 49ers fans can attest to the greatness of T.O. A third round draft pick in 1996, Owens had five seasons where he racked up 1000-plus receiving yards. They will remember him most for this incredible game-winning catch in the 1998 NFC Wild Card Game in the final seconds:

There is no doubt that Owens is a living legend, as he trails only Jerry Rice on the all-time receiving yards leaderboard.

But the problem is he’s 39 years old, has had well-documented chemistry issues, and hasn’t played in the NFL for two seasons.

This is pure speculation, but the 49ers are missing a top wide receiver after Michael Crabtree went down.

Might they bring back T.O. for one final go-around, like they did with Randy Moss last season?


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