Former NFL Superstar Deion Sanders has brought new life to a college football landscape that had grown quite stale in recent years, making headlines recently after accepting the head coaching job at Jackson State of the SWAC, located in Jackson, Mississippi.
Sanders, one of the most electrifying players in the game during his time with the Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys and other NFL teams, is well connected within the NFL fraternity, especially among skill position players, and those connections were on full display this past weekend.
With Sanders and his coaching staff watching, recruits were treated to the challenge of a lifetime: a chance to match up against a surprisingly game 47-year-old Terrell Owens, who showed off his legendary skills in a series of 1-on-1 drills that had everybody talking.
The Tape Doesn’t Lie: Terrell Owens Still Has It
Owens is a small school product himself, having attended the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga and parlaying his college production at the wide receiver position into a third round draft position with the San Francisco 49ers (#89 overall).
The man known as “T.O.” became one of the greatest receivers of all-time in large part due to his Herculean work ethic, as he always seemed to be in-shape and ready to challenge anyone at any given time.
At Sanders’ camp this past weekend, T.O. put on another popcorn-worthy performance as he roasted aspiring college defensive backs, looking like a seasoned NFL veteran yet again despite his advanced age.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 28, 2021
Sanders meanwhile notched his first win as head coach earlier this year for the Tigers, and his team kicks off its season on September 5 against the Florida A&M Rattlers on ESPN2.
It remains to be seen whether “Prime Time” has the coaching chops to become a star in the profession anytime soon, but it’s hard to top the recruiting advantage that comes with inviting a legend like Owens to test the mettle of these recruits on the gridiron, as evidenced by this footage.
Good luck Deion, and let us know when you start going up against your own wide receivers in practice.
Until then, we’ll be over here reminiscing on more Owens memories from one of the most exciting careers in the history of the sport.
Say what you want about touchdown celebrations, but T.O. always made things interesting.
? October 14, 2002: 18 years ago today…
Terrell Owens makes a spectacular grab for the TD and promptly pulls a sharpie out of his sock to autograph the football ? ? pic.twitter.com/tmOfuYhLOM
— The Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) October 14, 2020