SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – NFL receiver Terrell Owens reportedly underwent surgery for a torn ACL within the last few weeks. John Madden told the KCBS morning team that he thinks T.O.’s notable NFL career has ended.

“He’s not only obviously fighting the knee surgery and then the rehab that would follow that,” said Madden. “He’s 37 years old and he wasn’t with a team anyway. So I would think that his days would be over.”

That doesn’t mean the former 49er will announce his retirement soon, Madden said.

“Before he does that, I think he’s going to try (for a comeback)… His conditioning was always excellent. I think he always looked at himself as a 37 year old going on 29.”

KCBS morning sports anchor Steve Bitker asked Madden if Owens will be inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame.

“To me he’s one of the best that ever played. He was big and strong and you always had to be aware of him,” Madden said. “I know that he had some problems with teams, (but) he didn’t have any problems off the field… I always respected the way he played, how hard he played and how hard he worked… He scored more touchdowns in the NFL than any receiver other than Jerry Rice. Yeah, he’s a Hall of Famer.”  (9:00)

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