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Owens eyeing a comeback to the NFL, possibly Bears

2013-04-23T18:00:00Z 2013-05-06T21:45:13Z Owens eyeing a comeback to the NFL, possibly BearsMike Nieto mike.nieto@nwi.com, (219) 933-3232 nwitimes.com
April 23, 2013 6:00 pm  • 

HARVEY | Terrell Owens showed the crowd at Thornton High School Saturday he can still move at age 39.

T.O. is also ready to prove he has a few more touchdown celebrations left in him.

"I can still play," Owens said at the McLegends XI basketball games. "I would love the opportunity."

He has also been known as controversial from his flamboyant touchdown dances to frequent penalties.

"I know people look at that, and you can't deny your past," Owens said. "I also say, 'Don't judge me by my past, but what is in my heart.'"

And one of those opportunities he would welcome is with the Bears. Head coach Marc Trestman was the San Francisco 49ers' quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator in 1996 -- Owens' rookie year with the 49ers.

His friend, State Sen. Napoleon Harris, said Owens would be perfect for the Bears.

"With Jay Cutler having another good receiver, what would that do for them?" Harris asked. "You line up Brandon Marshall on one side and T.O. on the other. Tell me that is one potent offense.

"That would really open things up for Brandon especially with an offensive-minded coach."

Trestman was the Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator in 2002 when Harris was on the team which lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Super Bowl.

He said Owens is in great shape.

"Terrell ran a 4.4 40 (-yard dash) on the (Thornton) football field," Harris said. "He will help someone."

Owens holds or shares several National Football League records, and is in the all-time top-five in several receiving categories, including yards and touchdowns.

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