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Terrell Owens Offered a Football Contract
"We feel that this is an ideal time to approach the future NFL Hall of Famer," said Rush general manager and president Gene Nudo. "It would be a fantastic honor to add Terrell to our current roster for the 2012 season."
Owens, who has played for the San Francisco 49ers, the Philadelphia Eagles, the Dallas Cowboys, the Buffalo Bills, and the Cincinnati Bengals, is a six-time NFL Pro Bowl selection and a five-time First Team All-Pro. He has 1,078 receptions for 15,934 yards and 153 touchdowns, adding 251 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. He has gone over 1,000 receiving yards nine times in his 15-year career.
"Terrell would absolutely complement our current wide receiving corps," said Rush head coach Bob McMillen. "His animation and over-the-top energy would be an excellent addition in the locker room, and the fans would undoubtedly welcome him here in Chicago."
An NFL wide receiver playing in the Arena Football League—which celebrates its Silver Anniversary 25th season in 2012—is not uncommon. In 2011, Cleveland Browns receiver Rod Windsor(notes) suited up for the National Conference champion Arizona Rattlers, while Troy Bergeron(notes) of the Dallas Cowboys played for the East Division champion Cleveland Gladiators.
The AFL's most famous alumnus is Kurt Warner(notes), who went on to a Hall of Fame career with the St. Louis Rams, the New York Giants, and the Arizona Cardinals after playing for the AFL's Iowa Barnstormers.
The Arena Football League—which consists of 17 teams, each playing 18-game schedules—offers exciting, high-scoring games that heavily feature the passing game. The game is played on a 50-yard field, and it is common for receivers to have multi-touchdown games. Owens' famous post-score celebrations would be welcomed and encouraged in the AFL.
Arena football games will be broadcast every Friday night, beginning on March 9, at 8 p.m. Eastern time on the NFL Network. The league championship, ArenaBowl XXV, will be held in New Orleans on Aug. 10 and will also be broadcast on the NFL Network.
The Rush won the Central Division in 2011 with a 13-5 record, advancing to the National Conference Championship game. The team won ArenaBowl XX in 2006 and has qualified for the AFL playoffs in every season of its 10-year existence.
In honor of the contract extended to Owens, the Rush are offering an $81 flex plan for the 2012 season that includes four tickets to a home game, four Rush hats, and four Rush Nike Dri-Fit training shirts "to ensure Rush fans will never have to work out shirtless again."
The Rush open the 2012 season at home on March 11 against the Tampa Bay Storm. The team plays its home games in Allstate Arena, located in Rosemont, Ill.
The author is a Featured Contributor in Sports for Yahoo! Contributor Network. He holds media credentials with the Chicago Rush, and much of his content is published in Yahoo! Sports' arena football section. He also runs a Rush fan site called Area 44.
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