Owens worked out for CFL’s Roughriders day after HOF induction
“I know I’m truly blessed and I can still play the game,” Owens told Stephen Hargis of the Chattanooga Times Free Press on Sunday. “What I did out there today is just a small little snippet of what I can do. I just appreciate coach (Chris Jones) for the opportunity. I guess he wanted to assess and see where I am physically.”
It’s been eight years since Owens last appeared in a regular-season game in the NFL, but the 44-year-old has never officially retired. He’s been adamant, in fact, about his desire to keep playing pro football, and works out with various NFLers during the offseason.
“It’s key when you’re trying out to put your best foot forward, and I’m very pleased with what they saw and what I did out there,” Owens said of his workout with the Roughriders. “To be inducted into the Hall of Fame and come back and play, why not me? I know I can do it; it’s just a matter of someone giving me the opportunity.”
Owens was recently dropped from the Edmonton Eskimos‘ exclusive negations list, making him eligible to sign with any CFL team. He ranks second in NFL history in career receiving yardage and third in career receiving touchdowns.
The six-time Pro Bowler controversially snubbed Canton for his enshrinement into the Hall of Fame, instead choosing to celebrate the accomplishment at his alma mater, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.