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Terrell Owens attends Game 3 of the 2011 NBA Finals between the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat at the American Airlines Center on June 5, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. (credit: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CBS SPORTS) - The NFL season may be over, but that doesn’t mean there’s no football on the horizon. Yes, the NFL Combine is less than two weeks away but the same day that offensive linemen and tight ends go through their on-field paces at Lucas Oil Stadium, Terrell Owens will be making his IFL debut with the Allen Wranglers.

Okay, you were probably expecting a bit more in the “Wait, there’s still football!” build up. And we suspect that, come Februrary 25, many of you will opt to watch 350-pound guys run 40 yards in a straight line (possible unintentional comedy value) over T.O.’s not-so-triumphant return to football. (If you’re into tragicomedy, then maybe Owens and the Wranglers are for you.)

Part of the reason T.O. signed up for IFL duty is because he had burned a lot of NFL bridges. And of those left standing, no one was interested enough in a 37-year-old wide receiver — with behavior-management issues — to give him a shot. So, the Wranglers, where Owens is also co-owner, was his only football-playing option. Exacerbating matters: T.O., who was in the NFL for 15 seasons and signed contracts worth $80 million, is nearly broke.

Appearing on ESPN Radio recently, Owens, however, said people shouldn’t feel sorry for him. “Absolutely not,” he said via Sports Radio Interviews. “As far as my situation? The thought that I’ve lost $80 million? That’s a little bit skewed considering, like you said, if you look at the years and the contracts that I have had and me not actually completing a couple of those contracts in their entirety.”

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