Terrell Owens Tackles PBA World Series of Bowling
By Tim Dahlberg
LAS VEGAS — Terrell Owens has finally found a sport where he doesn’t have to worry about getting the ball.
T.O. wants to be a professional bowler.
“You never know where it may go,” Owens said. “For me the sky is the limit with my ability and what I can do.”
The former wide receiver still believes he should be on the football field on Sundays, catching passes and making millions like he did not so long ago.
“I’m not just making a cameo,” Owens said in a telephone interview. “I know critics want to come out of the woodwork. But when I first got on a football team I wasn’t very good.”
Owens doesn’t appear to be all that good at bowling, either, though he does claim a high game of 288. He’s a bit vague, though, about how often he bowls and what his average is.
He did, however, compete on a team sponsored by the Bowlers Journal this summer at the United States Bowling Congress Championship, the largest amateur event in the country. Owens posted a combined score of 1,508 for team, singles and doubles for a 167 average.
“I know I have competitive ability to do it otherwise I wouldn’t be doing it,” he said. “I just have to go out there and bowl like everyone else.”
Owens got a chance to do that when he competed in the PBA World Series of Bowling at the South Point hotel’s bowling center. Though he admits his chances of making it past the qualifying rounds are slim, he sees a future in bowling.
“I’m going to have fun with it, see where I am, and make some adjustments after that,” Owens said.
The 39-year-old certainly did that in his former career, which spanned 15 years with five teams. He was a showboat who sometimes scuffled with teammates — most notably Donovan McNabb when the two were together on the Philadelphia Eagles — but he delivered on the field with 1,078 catches for 15,934 yards and 153 touchdowns.
As far as his bowling ability goes, well, there’s as big a difference between bowling in recreational leagues and PBA tour events as there is in playing flag football or being on the Dallas Cowboys.
“It’s unfair for all the bowlers in the world to compare him with us. It’s not a fair comparison,” said Norm Duke, the winner of 37 PBA titles and a bowling mentor of sorts to Owens. “He does have a pretty good fundamentally sound bowling game, but we should be fair to him. He knows his role here. He wants to see what it is like.