Wide receiver Terrell Owens practiced for the first time Wednesday with the Seattle Seahawks.
Owens said he felt comfortable with the offense, a system he is familiar with, but that practice didn't go as well as he liked because he's still trying to come back from a knee injury that kept him out last season.
“I’m just trying to get myself physically back in shape to play football and today was a great step in that direction," said Owens.
The NFL's second all-time leading receiver in yards and touchdowns signed a one-year deal Monday, but says he does not expect to make the team just on his reputation on the field.
“I have to earn my spot on this team just like everybody else,” said Owens.
But it's Owens' off-the-field history that had something to do with the hoarde of media at Seahawks headquarters. For football fans, and non-fans for that matter, Owens may be best known for his public jabs at his own quarterbacks, particularly Donovan McNabb when they played in Philadelphia.
Owens suggested that things that happened in the past two years - an injury to his anterior cruciate ligament and a brief stint playing for the Allen (Texas) Wranglers of the Indoor Football League -- humbled him.
"I’ve changed in a lot of ways with a lot of things that have occurred in the last two years and so I’ve had a lot of time to think about things, put a lot of things in perspective and, you know, I just want to move forward and leave all the things that happened five or ten years ago behind me," said Owens. “I know I’ve matured and changed in a lot of different ways. Whether other people think that way, that’s up to them.”
Owens was wearing No. 10 on the field at Seahawks headquarters in Renton, the number made famous in Seattle by quarterback Jim Zorn. That's because Owens' No. 81 is already on the back of wide receiver Golden Tate.
“81 wasn’t available. There was a couple of options, so I took 10. I look good in 10, so that’s going to be my number.”
Owens has also played for the San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals.
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