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Terrell Owens brings up plenty of emotions for Philly sports fans, but one will always be awe. In his prime, Owens was purely awesome. 

And at 46 years old, it turns out, the Hall of Fame wideout is still capable of producing that feeling.

Owens raced a 40-yard dash against Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill, likely the fastest player in the NFL, in a video published to Hill's YouTube page Tuesday.

While Hill was ultimately the faster dude on the field - obviously - it's astounding to watch Owens' speed, considering his age. The race begins around the 16:50 mark in this video:

Owens runs a (hand-timed, and estimated) 4.42 40-yard dash, shortly after running a three-quarters-field sprint.

That's ridiculous.

Owens looks as physically fit today as he did during his 15-year NFL career. I don't even know how that's possible.

It's not surprising that Owens complains, after the field-length race, that he wants to play more football, but feels he's being locked out because of his age.

It feels insane to say, but I'll say it: Owens could play in the NFL this fall.

Hill himself tweeted that Owens is faster than wideouts currently in the league:

He's still in incredible shape, he still has the speed, and he's still 6-foot-3. Good luck.

One of the more insane things about Owens' career is that... he never really tailed off. Like, at all.

 

Sure, he slowed down from the ridiculous volume numbers he put up during his prime with the 49ers, Eagles, and Cowboys. Those numbers were impossible to maintain for anyone. 

But in his last season in the league, Owens caught 72 passes for 983 yards and nine touchdowns in just 14 games with the Bengals. Across 16 games, that's 82 catches, 1,123 yards, and 10 touchdowns - good for 20th, 18th, and 2nd in the league, respectively, in 2019.

It's hard to imagine Owens would be putting up those numbers a decade later... but it also would've been hard to imagine that, at 46 years old, Owens would still be this dang fast, and here we are.

Owens' short-lived time in Philly is one of the ultimate "what-ifs" in this city's sports history. If he and the Eagles' organization had managed to get along, reach a long-term deal, and string together at least five more years of that Owens-McNabb connection? Whew boy. I don't think Nick Foles would've been the first Super Bowl MVP in franchise history.

What a unique athlete.

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