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Terrell Owens on the comeback trail
Terrell Owens is about to play football again. But it's not the NFL he's returning to. It's the Indoor Football League.
Owens, 38, announced Wednesday night in a video linked to his Twitter account that he was joining the Allen (Texas) Wranglers of the IFL as a player and part-owner, per the Dallas Morning News website.
"It's official," Owens said. "It just went down. I'm headed back to Texas. That's right, IFL, here I come."
The 16-team league started play in 2009.
"This is a very exciting event in the history of the Indoor Football League," IFL commissioner Tommy Benizio said on the league's website. "The caliber of player in the IFL has grown to a remarkable level and the addition of Owens is a huge step in continuing on that path."
Owens will receive up to $500,000 for the season, which begins Feb. 25. Most IFL players get free housing, free food and a $225 per-game alllowance that includes a $25 bonus for each win.
"It was a process. This is a big decision," said co-owner Jon Frankel. "For a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer to make a decision like this, it was a process. He said when he committed he wanted to be 100 percent committed. As you can tell by his reaction, he's excited."
Owens had hoped to return to the NFL after recovering from a knee injury in the off-season, but no team showed interest in him.