Terrell Owens is making a return to football — as the cover boy of “Madden NFL 19.”
Just over three months after he was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Owens and EA Sports revealed on Friday that he will grace the cover of the latest edition of the popular EA Sports football video game.
Rather appropriately, Owens will be the headliner of the Madden NFL 19: Hall of Fame edition, which will be released on Aug. 7 — three days after Owens and the 2018 class will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
EA Sports also announced on Thursday that the standard “Madden NFL 19” edition for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will be released on Aug. 10.
Owens, never one to shy away from attention, shared the news in a post on his Twitter account that was captioned: “It’s that time! I’ve made my decision to return to football. Madden 19 HOF.”
In an accompanying video, Owens was seated behind a number of football hats as he made the announcement of his “return” to the game.
“There’s been a lot of speculation as to what I’m doing so after a lot of discussion with my family and every one of my coaches, I’ve decided to come back to the game. So with that being said, I’ve officially signed with … Madden NFL 19 Hall of Fame edition EA Sports,” said Owens while holding up a copy of the game. “I’m back in the game. So get your popcorn ready.”
Owens is part of a star-studded Hall of Fame class that features linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher, fellow wideout Randy Moss and safety Brian Dawkins. Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile and Jerry Kramer completed the eight-man class.
Although he gained much notoriety for on-field antics and clashes with teammates and coaches, Owens put up sparkling numbers during his 16 seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals.
Owens, who is depicted in a Cowboys uniform on the video, ranks second in career receiving yards (15,934), eighth in all-time receptions (1,078) and fifth in total touchdowns (156).