Terrell Owens sounds like a man who has begun to stare down career mortality. Chad Johnson isn't quite there yet.
Johnson is awaiting his court date after violating conditions of his probation in connection with a domestic violence incident last year. His latest troubles further dim his chances of returning to the NFL.
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"I'm going to be OK," Johnson said Friday on ESPN's "First Take." "I'm OK now, but I put myself in this situation and I have to deal with everything. With life, I'm at peace with everything. I would love to finish my career off the right way. If it happens, I'm not sure. But I would like to."
"I'm in a position where I have to prove myself again that I can still play," Johnson explained. "Can I still do it? I'm at the bottom again, like having to prove myself when I first came in (to the NFL) and I was hungry. I got complacent at some point in my career. I thought I had it right. I thought I had made it and figured it all out. I lost the game that I loved and played for years."
Owens managed to land himself a tryout with the Seattle Seahawks, so perhaps we shouldn't dismiss Johnson at least getting a chance to jump-start his career. Then again, Johnson is 35 with eccentric tendencies and lingering legal issues. The former star wide receiver isn't exactly an attractive candidate on the open market.