Terrell Owens returned to the NFL on Wednesday and, on the T.O. meter, his arrival barely moved the needle.
There was no drama, only a self-proclaimed “humble” Owens, in shape and focused on playing in the league again for the first time since 2010.
“I think a lot of people don't probably expect me to use that word, ‘humble,’ ” he said after his first workout with the Seattle Seahawks. “But again, there has been a lot of moments within the last two years that have had me face, and say, that word.”
Since he last was in the NFL, the wide receiver has had anterior cruciate ligament surgery (in the spring of 2011) and was a washout with the Indoor Football League this spring. He was all about the team Wednesday, though, arriving in Seattle and taking No. 10 with his customary No. 81 taken by third-year wide receiver Golden Tate. In his first practice, he was, he said, “a little rusty, but just glad to be out there. Grateful for the opportunity the Seahawks have given me.” For now — remember the date — he was saying all the right things.
“It's all about, for me, now, being a part of something rather than being the center of something,” Owens said. “And I understand. Obviously, a lot of the media is here because of me, and again, I've changed in a lot of ways in a lot of things that have occurred in the last two years.”