Terrell Owens is 39 and perhaps done for good with football — after a hall of fame career in the NFL and an “is this really happening?” stint with some podunk arena team. He’s not officially retired, but he’s going to start devoting more focus on something lots of retired people spend their twilight years doing: bowling.
But T.O. isn’t just any bowler. He isn’t some hack who goes to the lanes to down some brews with some bros and makes a fool of himself. T.O., who already owns part of PBA team, is actually pretty good, believe it or not. He doesn’t mess around when it comes to knocking down pins. He’s almost bowled a perfect 300! He plays with the guard rails up!
And now Owens is looking to take his game to the next level. He wants to become a professional bowler.
Your eyes do not deceive you. You read that sentence correctly. Just because he didn’t announce this while doing shirtless crunches in his driveway, don’t think this is a joke. He’s dead serious.
He said his high game was 288, though he once rolled 16 consecutive strikes over two games.
“So I have somewhat of a 300 game,” he said with a laugh.
Owens said he had never bowled until he attended a 49ers charity event and met [PBA pro Norm] Duke.
“Just like anybody else who doesn’t know anything about bowling, you get a house ball and throw it as hard as you can at the head pin and hope and pray for a strike,” he said. “From there, I learned some of the basics from Norm.
“And it’s taken off from there.”
Owens realizes he’s got a long way to go. He’s a neophyte in the sport, but his athleticism could help him make up ground.
“These guys have been competing for years,” he said. “I’m just trying to grasp and soak up as much knowledge as I can about the sport. I’m learning about angles and how different oil patterns break down as you bowl and understanding whether to make a ball change, a foot change or an eye change.”
Said Duke, “He is a pretty good bowler. Now, to be pro, I would say no. It would take a tremendous amount of commitment. There are a lot of people that bowl pretty good who think they can be pros because they average 210 on a house condition.”
So, it sounds like he still has quite a ways to go in elevating his game. But even if he does become good enough, I don’t know about this. Bowling is a sport steeped in integrity, decorum and sportsmanship. I doubt the PBA has any room for T.O.’s flamboyance and massively inflated ego.
Actually, you know what? He’ll fit right in.
H/T Niners Nation