Veteran wide receiver Terrell Owens donned a No. 10 Seattle Seahawks jersey, had his first practice with his new team Wednesday and said afterward that he feels "humble" after the past three years in which he was injured and then ended up playing for an indoor league.
"I think a lot of people don't probably expect me to use that word humble," the 38-year-old Owens told the media at the Seahawks training facility in Renton. "But there's been a lot of moments within the last three years that have had me to face and say the word.
"Obviously me playing in the indoor league there in Allen, Texas -- I think me just being around those guys, although they're very competitive, those guys are hungry ... just to get where I am now. Just to be around that atmosphere and to know that I was at the top at one point and now it's almost like I have to rebuild my caeer, to start over," he said.
Owens was released by the Allen Wranglers in May and lost his ownership stake in the Indoor Football League team. He had 35 catches for 420 yards and 10 touchdowns while playing eight of Allen's 11 games.
Wednesday was Owens' first NFL practice since December 2010, when he was playing for the Cincinnati Bengals and got hurt in that season. Owens didn't get any NFL offers to play last season after surgery on his left knee.
The Seahawks on Monday signed Owens to what the NFL Network said is a one-year contract for the 10-year veteran's minimum of $925,000. In a tryout with the with team earlier that day, Owens reportedly ran the 40-yard dash in 4.45 seconds.
After practice Wednesday, Seattle coach Pete Carroll told NFL Network that Owens "had a very good day ... made a couple of nice plays."
Carroll, who two years ago had signed ex-NFL wide receiver Mike Williams, said the team is "always looking for guys that bring something unique." Williams was cut from the team this year, but had a productive 2010 season.
Owens sent out the following tweet Monday night: "God is good. Thankful. Grateful. To ALL my new teammates & the '12th Man' ... Let's Do This!!"
Owens is not expected to play in Seattle's first preseason game Saturday night when they host the Tennessee Titans.
Owens could provide fans a welcome distraction from the team's quarterback controversy, where veteran Tarvaris Jackson, 2012 free agent Matt Flynn and rookie Russell Wilson are battling in training camp for the starting spot.
He could also provide the quarterbacks a much-needed big-play, all-pro target -- as well as an ongoing challenge in the locker room.
Owens, the controversial but talented receiver, has 153 touchdown catches, which ties for second all-time with Randy Moss, behind the legendary Jerry Rice (197). Owens has been selected to the Pro Bowl six times.
"As productive as Owens has been, at times his off-field and even on-field behavior has overshadowed what he brings to an offense. He comes to the Seahawks with the understanding that his focus needs to be on football," the Seahawks website said Monday night.
The Seahawks, which cut ties with receivers Mike Williams last month and Antonio Bryant on Sunday, have also recently signed longtime veteran Braylon Edwards. Owens joins Edwards, Sidney Rice, Golden Tate, Ben Obamanu and Doug Baldwinin the receiving corps.