A few months ago Terrell Owens held a private workout to show teams he was fully recovered from a torn ACL in an attempt to land on a roster. I’m pretty sure he didn’t envision the roster would be that of the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League but things don’t always go as planned. Owens posted this video and the team held a welcoming party that was free to attend and gave away tickets to the home opener so we knew it was real. For Wranglers fans worldwide waiting to see Owens on the field you will get your chance tomorrow.
Owens’ team will face the Wichita Wild at the Allen Events Center in a game general manager and former Cowboys great Drew Pearson is hoping will draw near 5,000.
“We’ve been going at it for two weeks now and practicing every day,” Owens said. “It’s going to be some adjustments going from outdoor to the indoor game and with the system, the routes and the eight players and the field is condensed. The [throwing] windows are a lot tighter for me [but] it will help me in an outdoor situation once I get back out on the field, other than that my body is starting to feel good and starting to feel like I did during the season.”
Owens is only contractually obligated to play in home games, but he can also participate in some road games if he gets a portion of the merchandise sales and gate. The Wranglers hit the road for a four-game stretch after the season opener in Allen. Owens said he might play March 17 at Colorado.
The Indoor Football league was founded in 2008 and completed its inaugural season in 2009 with the Billings Outlaws being the first champions. The Outlaws won the United Bowl and were crowned champions once again in 2010. Last year the Wranglers finished the regular season 10-4 and first in the Lonestar Division of the Intense Conference. Allen won their opening round matchup against the Wyoming Cavalry (27-20) and the conference semifinal over the Fairbanks Grizzlies (72-54) before losing the conference championship to the Tri-Cities Fever (46-67).
Per the IFL’s official site, the Wranglers/Wild can be seen on ESPN3.
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