T.O. still thinks he can thrive with the Rams, or some other team

Like Bruce Willis in The Sixth Sense (spoiler alert), NFL players are usually the last ones to realizes their careers are already dead.

For Terrell Owens, the gold band hit the ground and rolled away a long time ago. But he still refuses to fully acknowledge it.

Appearing on Thursday’s edition of The Dan Patrick Show (guest-hosted by the guys from The Drive on 910 FOX Sports in Phoenix), Owens said he can still play at a high level.

“I could insert myself somewhere strategically with a good offensive coordinator throughout the season,” Owens said. “I would say anywhere [form] 800 to 1,000 and that’s on the shy side.”

He specifically mentioned the Rams as a potential candidate, because: (1) he’s in L.A.; and (2) “I don’t even know who their receivers are.”

Still, it sounds as if Owens won’t be pushing it very hard for a job with the Rams.

“At this point in time in my career that’s not a focus of mine . . . but if they needed me for whatever reason, I would do my best to get into [game] shape,” Owens said. “I understand it would be more so for a mentorship role, but at the same time I would still like to compete and get something out of it.”

Owens, who is eligible for the Hall of Fame but was passed over for Marvin Harrison, would see his five-year waiting period re-set if he appears in a regular-season game. Given the de facto waiting period for receivers who already are eligible, he still may get in at the same time, even if he’d return for a season.