Former NFL All-Pro wide receiver Terrell Owens, who is in Chicago to participate in Saturday's McLegends charity basketball event that benefits the Ronald McDonald House of Chicago and Northwest Indiana, spent Friday morning in Chicago working out with former NFL linebacker and Illinois State Senator Napoleon Harris.
Owens, who says he is in great shape, is looking to make a return to the NFL after not playing in 2012 and he wants to make that return with the Chicago Bears.
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"I played my first early years in San Francisco with [Bears head coach Marc Trestman] and shortly after that, he left to do some things," he said. "I haven't talked to Marc in a long while. I know he's gone on and done some things, now he's back in the NFL. So, I never really thought about it until myself and Napoleon were talking about it earlier, but I would definitely welcome it if they would give it some serious consideration. To think about [Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall] on the other side and me on one side, that's really dangerous. I'm keeping myself in shape just for any opportunity that may come about."
Harris, who starred at Northwestern before spending 11 seasons in the NFL as a linebacker, has no doubt Owens is ready to return to the NFL.
"The guy was a great player and he is in tremendous physical shape," Harris said. "We worked out this morning and after we ran five miles, he did sprints and lifted and he looks great. The Bears would be smart to give him an opportunity. He is motivated and ready to play."
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Both Owens and Harris have experience playing for Trestman. Owens spent the early part of his career playing for the San Francisco 49ers when Trestman was an assistant coach and he believes the Bears made a great hire in the offensive guru.
"Coach Trestman has a great football mind and he will get the most out of the talent the Bears have," Owens told me. "Guys like Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall and Matt Forte will be even better playing for Coach Trestman."
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Harris spent time with the Oakland Raiders while Trestman was an assistant and he believes that Trestman's offensive schemes along with a revamped offensive line will pay big dividends for the Bears.
"Coach Trestman is a great coach who will take that Bears offense to the next level," Harris said. "He will get the most out of the talent on the offense making the Bears very tough to beat. Jay Cutler has all of the tools and I am confident that Coach Trestman will help him achieve all he is capable of."