On Wednesday, August 8, the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton, WA, was crawling with media and excited Seahawks fans. There was no talk of the quarterback race on this day. All eyes (and cameras) were waiting for number 10 to run out of the locker room. Terrell “T.O.” Owens made his return to the NFL with a new team, a new number and what many are hoping, a new attitude.
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The notoriously outspoken and controversial future Hall of Fame wide receiver did not address the crowd or the press upon his arrival but simply lined up beside his new teammates. This was his first time back in the NFL since he played with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2010. Owens’ year off and stint in the Indoor Football League seem to have humbled him.
And how did the 38-year-old perform? Overall, he looked good, catching several passes from Matt Flynn, including a 35-yard reception that ended with T.O. on the ground and the crowd on their feet.
However, catching passes in training camp is only the beginning of what Owens himself admits is a chance to rebuild his career. While addressing the press after camp, T.O. stated, “I don’t want to try and sit up here and emphasize how much things have changed. It’s more about actions speak louder than words, and I think you’ll see that more than anything.”
Let’s hope so, T.O., because we’re watching.
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