Terrell Owens catches ESPN NFL 2005 cover

The Philadelphia Eagles' newest wide receiver will appear on the box for the latest Visual Concepts football title.

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ESPN Videogames has announced that it has signed Terrell Owens to be the cover athlete for ESPN NFL 2005. Since being drafted in 1996 by the San Francisco 49ers, the wide receiver has averaged over 1,000 receiving yards since the 2000 season. He also holds the record for most receptions in a single game, and he has appeared in the Pro Bowl four years in a row.

Owens, who has just signed with the Philadelphia Eagles, also has a knack for grabbing the spotlight both on and off the field. His fiery attitude is part of the reason ESPN signed the at-times controversial athlete on. "Whether setting the NFL record for most receptions in a game, delivering a ferocious block on rushing plays, or pumping up his teammates and the crowd, Owens embodies the spirit of the NFL, making him a perfect fit for our cover," said Greg Thomas, president of Visual Concepts, the makers of ESPN Videogames.

Not known for his reticence in public, Owens expressed his excitement about being on the cover. "I'm always looking for new and different ways of integrating football into my life," stated Owens. "It's only natural that I'm a part of ESPN NFL 2005. I'm one of the best on the real field, and ESPN NFL 2005 is the best on the virtual field. It's a perfect match and I'm excited to be a part of the ESPN NFL 2005 team."

It's not known whether the digital Owens in ESPN NFL 2005 will shake pom-poms after scores, pull a Sharpie from his sock to sign game balls, or demand a trade. However, ESPN did reconfirm the game will ship for the Xbox and PlayStation 2 platforms later this fall.

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