T.O.: Thought I would retire a Cowboy


Allen Wranglers receiver and co-owner Terrell Owens talks about using the Indoor Football League as an avenue back into the NFL, his reported financial issues and much more.

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On his time with the Cowboys and their lack of postseason success:

When I was here, obviously we were winning but we weren't getting to the NFC championship games and stuff like that. We had some good seasons. I was a problem. Now that I'm not here and I've been gone, I don't know what people can say now as to what the problem is. I have no remedy, no answers for how they can get back to the glory days of bringing championships back to Dallas. It's not rocket science, as they have great players on both sides of the ball, but things are just not happening for them.

All I can do is just wish them the best. I still have friends on the team, and I'm pretty sure they're scratching their head and trying to figure things out just as well as the city of Dallas is. Again, it's very unfortunate that my stint here was kind of cut short. I definitely thought that I probably would have retired a Cowboy but that didn't happen, and you know, things happen in life and you just got to move on.

On why he chose to join the Allen Wranglers and his NFL comeback bid:

Well, you know what, obviously I'm going to have fun with it, and again, I'm using this as a platform really to keep myself in shape. The business side of it too is something that intrigued me, being a co-owner with the team, so again, this is me transitioning into life after football. That's the business side of it, obviously football doesn't last forever, and I feel I'm physically fit and can play at a productive level to where I can play a couple more years in the National Football League, and that's what I'm pushing for.

Other than that, I'm not going to give up hope just because somebody says that I'm 38 and I just had a knee injury. Injuries are part of the game. I think everybody knows my track record ... I work out hard, I'm going to do whatever I can to get back on the field and get back to 100 percent, and I'm doing that.

On his reported financial issues:

Have I lost money? Yeah. Was it $80 million? I doubt it. But at the same time, I feel like this is a situation for me to go out and speak and let a lot of guys know that are coming into the National Football League or any league for that matter ... when you have financial advisers that you're dealing with and that are on their team that are supposed to be taking care of their finances ... I fell victim to it because I had heard about these stories prior to it happening to me, and there's going to be some other stories after me.

I fell victim to the fact that they were all about, you know, go out and play football, concentrate on football, we're going to take care of your financial business. I really trusted them that that's what they were going to be doing, and that's not what happened. And when I found out, it was too late.