Terrell Owens returning to football with IFL’s Allen Wranglers

The tears that streamed down Vernon Davis’s face after the game-winning touchdown catch that propelled the San Francisco 49ers into the NFC championship game inspired flashbacks to Terrell Owens’s memorable touchdown grab against the Packers in the 1998 playoffs.


“Getcha popcorn ready!” (Don Wright/AP)

In a 22-second video posted on his Twitter account Wednesday night, the 38-year-old wide receiver announced he’s headed back to Dallas — to play for the Indoor Football League’s Allen Wranglers.

“It’s official, it just went down, I’m headed back to Texas,” Owens said. “That’s right, IFL, here I come. Allen, Texas, here I come. I’m going to be me.”

Owens will play and become co-owner of the IFL team, which is based Allen, a northern suburb of Dallas.

“He’s a great player, a winner, and I’m a big fan,” Wranglers co-owner Jon Frankel told ESPNDallas.com. “I want to make the Allen Wranglers the No. 1 attraction in Collin County.”

Owens missed all of the 2011 season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ACL. In 2010, he caught 72 passes for 983 yards and nine touchdowns with the Cincinnati Bengals.

In October, Owens proclaimed himself good to go and held a workout for prospective NFL teams — but no one showed.

The 16-team IFL includes teams from Green Bay, Chicago, New Mexico and Nebraska. The Wranglers open their season on Feb. 25 against Wichita.

On his Twitter feed, the five-time All Pro advised fans to “GETCHA POPCORN READY!!

Now all the Wranglers need to do is add Mr. Wrangler himself to throw T.O. the ball. No marketing strategy necessary.

More from Washington Post Sports:

T.O. works out, but no NFL teams show up

Drew Rosenhaus: Owens is “100% healthy & ready to play right now!”

Owens says he could return to NFL in ‘a month or less’

Matt Brooks is the high school sports editor for The Washington Post. He's an Arlington native and longtime District resident and was previously a high school sports reporter, editor for several blogs and Early Lead contributor with The Post.

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