Reno, NV — Terrell Owens is trying his hand at bowling.
The NFL Pro Bowler made his semi-professional bowling debut this week (see video embed) in the United States Bowling Congress Open Championship. By the way, the play-the-play announcing is apparently real and not a gag, even though it sounds like a Saturday Night Live parody.
Owens, 39, described as “a poster child for diva wide receivers,” is not just a mere bowler; he’s actually an owner. He reportedly owns the Dallas Strikers, a group competing in the Professional Bowlers Association League, one of eight, five-player teams in the league. He tossed a 185 in his first game, followed by a disappointing 129 and 161. To improve his bowling skills, Owens has actually trained with some of the sport’s top coaches.
Terrell Owens has not give up football for bowling, however. As The Inquisitr has previously reported, Owens has been working out this off season with an eye toward returning to the league in 2013, possibly with the Chicago Bears. After spending a year away from the NFL and dabbling in Arena Football, the wide receiver is itching for the chance to prove he can still contribute in the league. Owens was released by the Seattle Seahawks in August 2012.
Owens commented that the bowling tournament occurred in a opening in his apparently hectic schedule: “I have a lot of stuff going on right now, but there happened to be a break in my schedule. I wanted to experience this tournament, and the experience was good. I’m really into bowling, and I like it a lot.”
The six-time Pro Bowler (in NFL football, that is) may be looking for a new income stream as he reportedly owes about $400,000 in unpaid taxes for the years 2005, 2007 and 2009. He has also struggled to keep up with child support payments.
Watch Terrell Owens make his pro bowling debut: