Former Dallas Cowboys all-pro wide receiver Terrell Owens has been looking for ways to channel his competitive energy and he seems to have found an outlet with his new role as a Professional Bowlers Association League Team owner.
The PBA League makes its debut with a live telecast Sunday at noon ET on ESPN from Thunderbowl Lanes in suburban Detroit.
Owens, who is a 190-average bowler, is the owner of the Dallas Strikers PBA League team which consists of franchise player Norm Duke, a PBA Hall of Famer; fellow hall of famer Amleto Monacelli; three-time PBA Tour winner Rhino Page; two-time Tour winner Mike Machuga, and 2003 USBC Masters winner Bryon Smith.
“I want to keep that competitive edge by getting involved with a sport I really enjoy,” said Owens, who played with the Cowboys for three seasons (2006-2008). “I always felt that my time in Dallas was special and I had a great time while I was there. Hopefully we can put Dallas back on the map with a bowling championship.”
Owens likes the makeup of his team and will be leaning on his good friend Duke to be the leader on the lanes.
“Norm’s a good friend and a great bowler so I have a lot of confidence in him leading the team,” Owens added. “I’ll be anxious to see how we do.”
Other teams and their owners making up the PBA League are: Former Pittsburgh Steelers star running back Jerome Bettis (Motown Muscle); All-Pro Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley (Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits); Los Angeles Clippers star guard Chris Paul (L.A. X); sports icon Billie Jean King (New York City WTT KingPins); Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams (BROOKLYN STyLES), and comedians Chris Hardwick (Silver Lake Atom Splitters) and Kevin Hart (Philadelphia Hitmen).
Four additional preliminary rounds will be taped during the Winter Swing by ESPN on Jan. 26 and 27 to air on ESPN. The top four teams based on points after the five preliminary rounds will advance to the PBA League Elias Cup Finals, named after PBA founder Eddie Elias, which will be contested at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis on Sunday, March 31 for telecast on Sunday, April 7 at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN.
“I’m really happy with the team we have,” said Duke, who ranks third on PBA’s all-time career titles list with 37 wins. “When I picked these guys I was looking for the ingredients you need to make a good team and not just four other ‘high-profile’ players.
“I’ve assured Terrell that we’ve got five bulldogs on this team so we’re excited about our chances.”