HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Receiver-at-large Terrell Owens showed up for the open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony for Performance Gaines, the new NFL gym started by trainer Travelle Gaines and former NFL receiver (and current reality TV star) Hank Baskett. Owens trained with Gaines under the radar after his 2011 knee surgery, and he's continued to do so as he fights his way back into the league. We caught up with him in an interesting and wide-ranging interview. After a bit of off-camera defensiveness to start, Owens was open and honest about his public perception and his road back to the NFL in this exclusive interview with Shutdown Corner.
"I'm obviously in support of Travelle and Hank — this is a new facility, and a place to train the top end … and even if you're not the top end, you will be when you go through this level of training," Owens said. "I've known Travelle for a couple of years now, and what he's implemented and put on a platform for a lot of athletes is great. This is where I'll be training from time to time when I'm in town, and I'm very happy for him, Hank, and everybody involved.
"I've been trying to keep in shape since I had my knee surgery, I started my rehab in Carson [Calif.] with Athletes Performance, and Travelle was very instrumental in that process. Along with some of the guys in Pensacola, Florida. But I developed a great relationship with Travelle, and we're going to continue that here at Performance Gaines."
Of course, Owens isn't doing all this work to look good at the beach — he clearly wants to prove the doubters wrong and get another shot in the pros. "I know how the business works," he said. "I'm just hoping that someone can give me a chance. I'm just going to continue to work hard, training camp is going to come up here pretty soon, there are going to be injuries, and things of that nature. I know that there are some teams that need a veteran receiver — whether it's a No. 1, 2 or 3 — I feel like I can fill all those voids."
Owens also talks about the perceptions many have of him (both right and wrong in his mind), his relationship with Jerry Jones, the new apparel company he's working with, and the mistakes he's made along the way. We apologize in advance for the background noise, but this is one of the more interesting T.O. interviews in a while.
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