T.O. taking part in NFL’s London outreach

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There’s a surprising name among the former players the NFL has enlisted to go to the U.K. to promote the league in advance of this year’s annual game in London: Terrell Owens.

Owens, who has played with the 49ers, Eagles, Cowboys, Bills and Bengals and is currently recuperating from a torn ACL, will take part in events in London leading up to the October 23 Bears-Buccaneers game at Wembley Stadium.

It’s a little surprising that Owens will be off the field promoting the game in London because Owens has been saying he’ll soon be on the field playing for some NFL team. That Owens has made plans to be overseas four weeks from now suggests that he thinks he’s more than four weeks away from being ready to play.

But it makes some sense to have Owens out there promoting the league: When he wants to be, he’s a charismatic and engaging figure. I’d expect British fans to get a kick out of him.

Other former players who will be involved in London festivities include Jerome Bettis, Richard Dent, Otis Wilson, Brad Johnson and Jimmie Giles.