Terrell Owens says he can be a No. 2 receiver

Free agent wide receiver Terrell Owens joined WGFX in Nashville to talk about a wide variety of topics, including his entertainment career, his Hall of Fame credentials, and what he wants his legacy to be.

To listen to the interview, go to Sports Radio Interviews. Responses below have been edited for brevity and clarity.

Free agent wide receiver Terrell Owens says he still has the ability to succeed in the NFL.
Free agent wide receiver Terrell Owens says he still has the ability to succeed in the NFL.

Where will LeBron James decide to play?

Owens: Wow. Well, obviously, right now LeBron is the hot topic. My gut feeling is he’s either going to stay in Cleveland or possibly go to Chicago – although the things in New York are very, very enticing.

Does Owens plan to use hour long show on ESPN to announce his plans for 2010?

Owens: Uhhh, no.

What are some of the differences and similarities between football and acting?

Owens: If there was a parallel between football and acting, I would say it’s definitely hard work that has to go into it, and that’s where you get the great players and the great actors. The ones that are the great actors, obviously, they perfect their craft by really putting in the long hours and the acting classes. And sometimes you have people out there that have that natural ability to do it, but they don’t really progress. And that’s when you see you have the good and then the great actors. So I’m definitely at the bottom of the totem pole right now and I’m just starting to get my feet wet.

I just did a movie a couple of months ago. It was a comedy with a nice cast, so I’m looking forward to making that transition.

Was there a make-out scene in that movie [titled "Dysfunctional Friends"], in which Stacy Dash plays his wife?

Owens: My first. My first.

Is Owens surprised or frustrated that he’s not on a team yet?

Owens: I think a little bit of both. And for whatever it’s worth, I think a lot of people have listened to a lot of the commentary through the media outlets, mainly ESPN, that question my character, as far as things that have happened in the past. And I think I may do 99 good things right, if I do one thing wrong, ESPN and the people on there are going to make it to be the worst thing ever.

So I think with the years that I’ve had, the last three to four years, I’ve tried to turn over a new leaf and do things the right way, but still everybody won’t let things go of what I did in the past. And I think a perfect example is what I did last year – or didn’t do – in Buffalo. There was definitely a lot of opportunity for me to fly off the handle with the way things went… but I stayed composed.

And I know there are some things in the past that probably could have been handled better, and that comes with growth, and that comes with maturity, and I understand that. I know, for one, I’m staying in shape. I’m probably in the best shape of my life. I’m out here in L.A., I’m working out, I’m playing with a lot of NBA guys on the basketball court on a daily basis. So I’m definitely ready for a call and an opportunity to help a team get to a Super Bowl, and I know I still have the ability to do that, especially with the way the season went last year.

Considering we had so many injuries, we had coaching changes, we had offensive coordinator changes, we had a rash of things happen throughout the course of the year and still, as you said, I caught 55 balls for 829 yards. And you think about all the injuries we had along the offensive line, I easily could have had another 1,000 yard season and more touchdowns. But you know, the rash of injuries it hindered our offense.

Has he visited any teams?

Owens: I haven’t made any visits, but I’ve talked to my agent, and like I said, there are some teams that are interested. And again, sometimes it has to play itself out.

Obviously, I know that teams in training camp know there are going to be injuries, which is unfortunate, but that’s the nature of the game. So I’m hoping that some team will realize that I do have a lot of ability, I still can play this game at a high level, and I can be a number one or number two receiver. So it’s not about, what I’ve heard, an ego thing with me. I know that I can come in and be a number two if I need to. In my eyes, that’s what I was in Buffalo last year. It was just so unfortunate with the rash of injuries and things that happened last year.

Is there a possibility he’ll be reunited with Donovan McNabb in Washington?

Owens: You know what? That’s definitely something that was on the radar, and if that’s a possibility, and they want to bring me in and make that happen, then I’m open to it.

And I think Donovan has come out and said that things that have happened in the past were sometimes overblown in the media. It’s surprising how it takes some years to go by for things like that to come out, but Donovan and I, we’re friends now.

Are there any other quarterbacks he’d love to play with?

Owens: That’s funny that you mention that, because as I’m going through this process and trying to figure out where I may land, looking at teams that may be potential contenders to win the championship, you look at a team like San Diego with Philip Rivers. I know they’re having some receiver problems out there in San Diego.

You mentioned reuniting with Donovan. I think going to Washington and playing with him, obviously, would be a good thing because I feel that their team is really on the cusp of getting to the playoffs and making things happen…

Vince Young has showed tremendous upside, as far as what he can be as a quarterback, with the situations that he’s been through, and the way he came on last year. I definitely would love the opportunity to play with Vince if that was a possibility. Again, I’m just looking for a team that’s in the hunt to get to the playoffs and win it all. Because, honestly, once you get into the playoffs, anything can happen…

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Free agent wide receiver Terrell Owens joined WGFX in Nashville to talk about a wide variety of topics, including his entertainment career, his Hall of Fame credentials, and what he wants his legacy to be.

To listen to the interview, go to Sports Radio Interviews. Responses below have been edited for brevity and clarity.

Free agent wide receiver Terrell Owens says he still has the ability to succeed in the NFL.
Free agent wide receiver Terrell Owens says he still has the ability to succeed in the NFL.

Where will LeBron James decide to play?

Owens: Wow. Well, obviously, right now LeBron is the hot topic. My gut feeling is he’s either going to stay in Cleveland or possibly go to Chicago – although the things in New York are very, very enticing.

Does Owens plan to use hour long show on ESPN to announce his plans for 2010?

Owens: Uhhh, no.

What are some of the differences and similarities between football and acting?

Owens: If there was a parallel between football and acting, I would say it’s definitely hard work that has to go into it, and that’s where you get the great players and the great actors. The ones that are the great actors, obviously, they perfect their craft by really putting in the long hours and the acting classes. And sometimes you have people out there that have that natural ability to do it, but they don’t really progress. And that’s when you see you have the good and then the great actors. So I’m definitely at the bottom of the totem pole right now and I’m just starting to get my feet wet.

I just did a movie a couple of months ago. It was a comedy with a nice cast, so I’m looking forward to making that transition.

Was there a make-out scene in that movie [titled "Dysfunctional Friends"], in which Stacy Dash plays his wife?

Owens: My first. My first.

Is Owens surprised or frustrated that he’s not on a team yet?

Owens: I think a little bit of both. And for whatever it’s worth, I think a lot of people have listened to a lot of the commentary through the media outlets, mainly ESPN, that question my character, as far as things that have happened in the past. And I think I may do 99 good things right, if I do one thing wrong, ESPN and the people on there are going to make it to be the worst thing ever.

So I think with the years that I’ve had, the last three to four years, I’ve tried to turn over a new leaf and do things the right way, but still everybody won’t let things go of what I did in the past. And I think a perfect example is what I did last year – or didn’t do – in Buffalo. There was definitely a lot of opportunity for me to fly off the handle with the way things went… but I stayed composed.

And I know there are some things in the past that probably could have been handled better, and that comes with growth, and that comes with maturity, and I understand that. I know, for one, I’m staying in shape. I’m probably in the best shape of my life. I’m out here in L.A., I’m working out, I’m playing with a lot of NBA guys on the basketball court on a daily basis. So I’m definitely ready for a call and an opportunity to help a team get to a Super Bowl, and I know I still have the ability to do that, especially with the way the season went last year.

Considering we had so many injuries, we had coaching changes, we had offensive coordinator changes, we had a rash of things happen throughout the course of the year and still, as you said, I caught 55 balls for 829 yards. And you think about all the injuries we had along the offensive line, I easily could have had another 1,000 yard season and more touchdowns. But you know, the rash of injuries it hindered our offense.

Has he visited any teams?

Owens: I haven’t made any visits, but I’ve talked to my agent, and like I said, there are some teams that are interested. And again, sometimes it has to play itself out.

Obviously, I know that teams in training camp know there are going to be injuries, which is unfortunate, but that’s the nature of the game. So I’m hoping that some team will realize that I do have a lot of ability, I still can play this game at a high level, and I can be a number one or number two receiver. So it’s not about, what I’ve heard, an ego thing with me. I know that I can come in and be a number two if I need to. In my eyes, that’s what I was in Buffalo last year. It was just so unfortunate with the rash of injuries and things that happened last year.

Is there a possibility he’ll be reunited with Donovan McNabb in Washington?

Owens: You know what? That’s definitely something that was on the radar, and if that’s a possibility, and they want to bring me in and make that happen, then I’m open to it.

And I think Donovan has come out and said that things that have happened in the past were sometimes overblown in the media. It’s surprising how it takes some years to go by for things like that to come out, but Donovan and I, we’re friends now.

Are there any other quarterbacks he’d love to play with?

Owens: That’s funny that you mention that, because as I’m going through this process and trying to figure out where I may land, looking at teams that may be potential contenders to win the championship, you look at a team like San Diego with Philip Rivers. I know they’re having some receiver problems out there in San Diego.

You mentioned reuniting with Donovan. I think going to Washington and playing with him, obviously, would be a good thing because I feel that their team is really on the cusp of getting to the playoffs and making things happen…

Vince Young has showed tremendous upside, as far as what he can be as a quarterback, with the situations that he’s been through, and the way he came on last year. I definitely would love the opportunity to play with Vince if that was a possibility. Again, I’m just looking for a team that’s in the hunt to get to the playoffs and win it all. Because, honestly, once you get into the playoffs, anything can happen…

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