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Terrell Owens has returned:


Owens spent the entire 2011 season out of football, left to re-evaluate his career options following surgery on his left knee. His comeback started this spring playing for the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League. He had 35 catches for 420 yards and 10 touchdowns while playing eight of 11 games, but was released and lost an ownership stake in the team in May. 

The chance to play in the IFL might have seemed like desperation, but Owens said it was a critical experience in his comeback. It was the bottom for his football career and a baseline from which to rebuild. "Just to get around that atmosphere and to know that I was at the top at one point ... it's almost like I have to rebuild my career, start over," Owens said.

He's evidently in great shape. But his body is 38-years old. I wonder how he'll hold up to the battering he's surely going to take.
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