It has been more than a decade since Terrell Owens used to receive touchdowns, but the former NFL wide receiver and 49ers Hall of Famer is now receiving something new in life.
Terrell Owens has decided to step into the wine business, partnering with the late MLB icon Tommy Lasorda’s family wine business. Owens has named his brand, “Eighty-One,” a throwback to the No. 81 he donned throughout his fifteen years of a professional career.
Eighty-One: Terrell Owens tributes his NFL No, as well as Kobe Bryant
However, ‘Eighty-One’ is not just signifying Owens’ NFL number. It’s also a tribute to the late NBA icon Kobe Bryant.
Kobe, who lost his life in a helicopter crash in January last year, scored a historic 81 points for Lakers in a game against Raptors on 22nd January 2006. Moreover, the domain name for the wine website is another reference to the ‘vino’ nickname that Kobe earned in the final years of his decorated NBA career.
As for pricing, a standard Eighty-One bottle will cost $39, while one carrying Owens’ signature will be priced at $135.
Terrell Owens may be a newcomer in the wine business, but the former wide receiver has already developed a palette for the drink in the past decade.
Speaking to co-hosts Preston Elliot and Steve Morrison on 93.3 WMMR “The Preston & Steve Show” on Wednesday morning, Owens revealed that he actually developed a liking for wine after his retirement, although he was not an avid drinker during his career.
“I’m not a sommelier yet, but the descriptions of wine like big and bold fit me pretty well,” the 47-year-old said in the show.
A six-time Pro Bowler and three-time NFL receiving touchdowns leader, Owens made 219 career appearances, clocking 153 receiving touchdowns with 15,934 receiving yards.