Terrell Owens
American athlete
Terrell Owens
Terrell Eldorado Owens is an American football wide receiver for the National Football League who is currently a free agent. A six-time Pro Bowl selection, Owens holds or shares several National Football League records, and features in the all-time top-five in several receiving categories, including yards and touchdowns. As productive as he has been, Owens has been equally controversial, creating firestorms with almost every team he has played for as a professional.
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Terrell Owens's personal information overview.
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Super Bowl 2017 survey: Ex-NFL stars weigh in on state of the game - USA TODAY
Google News - 15 days
USA TODAY Super Bowl 2017 survey: Ex-NFL stars weigh in on state of the game USA TODAY HOUSTON – Radio row in the days leading up to Super Bowl LI, like always, has featured a who's who of football stars from the past and present. USA TODAY Sports surveyed six former players from various eras to learn what they like and don't like about ... Skip Bayless explains why Terrell Owens doesn't deserve to make the Hall of FameFOXSports.com NFL Network's Tomlinson, Warner, Davis react to HOF nodsNFL.com Pro Football Hall of Fame 2017: Top Speeches, Highlights and ReactionBleacher Report Washington Post -Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia -CBSSports.com -DenverBroncos.com (blog) all 296 news articles »
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Rob Gronkowski as a caveman spikes the ball in a Super Bowl ad - The Boston Globe
Google News - 18 days
The Boston Globe Rob Gronkowski as a caveman spikes the ball in a Super Bowl ad The Boston Globe Rob Gronkowski may not be able to step onto the field for the Patriots in Sunday's Super Bowl 51 matchup against the Atlanta Falcons, but he's clearly keeping busy off of it. T-Mobile released a commercial Thursday featuring the Patriots tight end and ... SEE IT: Justin Bieber, Rob Gronkowski and Terrell Owens star in T-Mobile Super Bowl commercialNew York Daily News Watch Justin Bieber Track the History of Touchdown Celebrations in His T-Mobile Super Bowl AdBillboard Justin Bieber Has a New Look in Super Bowl Ad: Is He Timberlake-ing?Hollywood Reporter EW.com (blog) -fox6now.com -Entertainment Tonight -Bustle all 78 news articles »
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Watch Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott jump into red kettle after TD, drawing excessive celebration penalty - Dallas News
Google News - 2 months
Dallas News Watch Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott jump into red kettle after TD, drawing excessive celebration penalty Dallas News Ezekiel Elliott's kettle TD celebration vs. Tampa? He's not the first Cowboy to use it - Terrell Owens did too. This Story is About... Cowboys. Share This Story On... Twitter · Facebook · Email · Comment on This Story. ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 18 ... Ezekiel Elliott's Salvation Army celebration should be hailed, not flaggedUSA TODAY Ezekiel Elliott celebrates record TD with leap into Salvation Army kettleESPN (blog) Ezekiel Elliott leaps into oversize Salvation Army kettle after scoringWashington Post NFL.com -SB Nation -Sports Illustrated -Yahoo Sports all 35 news articles »
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Terrell Owens has one word for receiver-needy Eagles: 'Available'
LATimes - 4 months
Terrell Owens isn't out in his driveway doing sit-ups and hoping some team will notice. The former player with more NFL receptions than anyone other than Jerry Rice simply answered a question on Twitter, and did so in one word. Still, that word - "Available" - was Owens' very interesting answer...
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Marvin Harrison calls out Terrell Owens for Hall comments - ESPN
Google News - 12 months
ESPN Marvin Harrison calls out Terrell Owens for Hall comments ESPN Marvin Harrison doesn't care that Terrell Owens feels "disrespected" because he didn't get into the Hall of Fame this year. "The person who was supposed to get in got in. And that was me," Harrison told the Talk of Fame Network. "If he didn't get in ... Marvin Harrison on Terrell Owens: 'The hell with him'NFL.com Marvin Harrison on Terrell Owens' HOF gripes: 'The hell with him'CBSSports.com Marvin Harrison throws Hall of Fame shade at Terrell OwensWashington Post FOXSports.com -NJ.com all 31 news articles »
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Keeping Score: Antics Aside, Terrell Owens Stands Out for His Achievements
NYTimes - about 1 year
Owens, a Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist, is often met with a great deal of vitriol, despite his dominance and tremendous work ethic as a wide receiver.
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Favre, Warner, Owens Among Hall Semifinalists
NYTimes - about 1 year
Brett Favre, Terrell Owens and Alan Faneca are semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility.
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Odell Beckham Jr. Acts a Little Like Terrell Owens
NYTimes - over 1 year
OBJ has some T.O. in him.
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What does Andre Johnson have left in the tank?
Houston Chronicle - almost 2 years
What does Andre Johnson have left in the tank in 2015? A common question I get from fanbases who did not watch much of the 2014 Texans team that ranked 30th in the NFL in pass attempts. Short answer: I think with a decent QB and scheme, he has a number of fantastic seasons left in him. Given his work ethic and ability, I wouldn’t bet against him. He wanted to bring a Super Bowl team to Houston, and failing that, he wants the opportunity to win elsewhere. It is not easy to have consistently excellent play as a wide receiver with bad-to-fair quarterbacks and/or bad coaching and scheme. Has derailed many promising careers. It is the truly good players that can be noticed above that. If you want information beyond the short answer, here’s some info you may find helpful: What was Andre Johnson’s 2015 in the context of his career? Please read (or re-read) “The entirely too long analysis of Texans topics going into 2015.” Wrote that after the season as sort of a ridiculously long re ...
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I Want the Openly Gay Michael Sam on My Football Team
Huffington Post Sports - about 3 years
I want to be wrong, but I'm worried the recently out Michael Sam won't get drafted into the NFL this year. The reasons don't all have to do with his sexual orientation, but most of them do. As has been repeated ad nauseum, there are a lot of general managers and coaches who have to worry about "the locker room." It's been articulated that this is nonsense, and I'd agree. But I also don't think it can be entirely overlooked. The truth is that homophobia exists across the globe and in all sports, ironically so in those where grown men get into tight pants and sweatily tackle each other for an entire hour. So what happens if you bring someone into the locker room that one, two or ten guys automatically decide they won't like? As we've seen with players like Terrell Owens, it can be destructive; and as much as I hate to say so, from a coach's perspective, it could be risky, too. At the same time, at some point these coaches need to make a decision: if they don't think their locker ro ...
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Check out my twitter conversation with Terrell Owens (and from 35,000 feet on a plane!)
Fox News - about 3 years
The post Check out my twitter conversation with Terrell Owens (and from 35,000 feet on a plane!) appeared first on Gretawire.
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VIDEO: NFL Great Terrell Owens and Our Sports Panel on the Richard Sherman Controvery
Fox News - about 3 years
Watch our conversation with my Fox News colleague Jim Gray and Fox Sports WTXF reporter Howard Eskin and NFL great Terrell Owens from tonight’s ON THE RECORD and sound off! The post VIDEO: NFL Great Terrell Owens and Our Sports Panel on the Richard Sherman Controvery appeared first on Gretawire.
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Terrell Owens' Father Asks For His Forgiveness (VIDEO)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
When he was 11 years old, NFL superstar Terrell Owens made a shocking discovery: His biological father had been living across the street from him his entire life. His mother had an affair with the older, married neighbor named Mr. Russell when she was just 16 years old and got pregnant. It wasn't until Terrell was interested in Russell's daughter that he learned he was his biological father as well. On "Iyanla: Fix My Life," life coach Iyanla Vanzant traveled to Owens' hometown to help him come to terms with his painful past. In the above video, Iyanla brings father and son together and asks Owens to open up. "I think everything that has happened to me, I've been a product of my environment," Owens says. "I knew I wasn't happy inside but I always played it off. I put a smile on my face when I was hurting or sad inside." "Even with relationships that I had with women, I really didn't know how to have a relationship with them. Those are things that I know I probably should have bee ...
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Terrell Owens Tells Iyanla Vanzant He Wants To Be A Better Person, Better Father (VIDEO)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Since his 16-year career in the NFL ended, Terrell Owens has found himself in deep personal and financial crisis. He's turning to life coach Iyanla Vanzant, who will hold a series of heart-to-heart sessions with Owens on "Iyanla: Fix My Life" airing Saturday. In the above video from the episode, Vanzant walks with Owens through his hometown of Alexander City, Ala., and asks him what went wrong. "Obviously now I don't have a job, trying to rebuild," Owens says. "I've been finding out a lot of things about my financial situation with people that I trusted -- even friends." "Let me clean this up right now," Vanzant says. "If money is the only problem, we ain't got no problem. Because money means My Own Natural Energy Yield. So the only problem with money is you," she says, pointing at Owens. 'There's a lot of issues beyond the money issue -- that's not the most important thing," Owens says. "I think for me it's becoming a better person, a better father. You know, trying to learn ...
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Terrell Owens is learning to master a new sport
USA Today - over 3 years
Ex-WR is learning that success on the lanes is very different than on the football field.
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Terrell Owens is trying to become a professional bowler
USA Today - over 3 years
Because why not?
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Terrell Owens
    FORTIES
  • 2015
    On January 13, 2015, in an interview with Sports Illustrated Now, Owens stated that he hasn't retired and stated that, after a hiatus, he was training with numerous NFL players during the 2014 NFL season including the offseason as well.
    More Details Hide Details It is not clear when he plans on returning to the NFL. During his weekly Philadelphia sports radio show on WIP prior to the game against the Dallas Cowboys, Owens stated if he could return to the 2004 off-season he would not have signed with the Eagles. After the Dallas game, in which the Eagles were badly beaten, Owens was seen by Philadelphia Daily News reporters wearing a Michael Irvin throwback football jersey on the way to the Eagles airplane flight. Irvin was a hall-of-fame wide receiver for the Cowboys during the '90s when the Cowboys-Eagles rivalry was perhaps the most intense. Ironically, as a 49er Owens had drawn the ire of Cowboys fans when he celebrated a touchdown by dancing on the midfield logo at Texas Stadium. As a result, Owens' appearance in the jersey was seen as provocative in the Philadelphia press and by many fans. According to sources and Andy Reid's post-game press conference, none of Owens' teammates or coaches challenged him. The following Friday, on Owens' radio show, he stated he did not care what the fans thought of him wearing the jersey and that he would wear what he chooses.
  • 2014
    In 2014, Owens made a cameo appearance in R&B singer Faith Evans' music video "I Deserve It", featuring Missy Elliott and Sharaya J.
    More Details Hide Details In the summer of 2009 VH1 premiered The T.O. Show, which followed Terrell Owens in his personal life off the football field. The show has proven to be a ratings hit with season 1 averaged 1.5 million viewers and on September 9, 2009, VH1 announced that the show has been picked up for a second season.
  • 2013
    In September 2013, Terrell Owens launched a podcast on the Sideshow Network with co-hosts comedian Alonzo Bodden and reality TV's Rob Cesternino.
    More Details Hide Details Shows are released each Wednesday and the discussion centers on the week's NFL games and news. Comedian Roy Wood, Jr. has been a regular guest. Guests have been from both the sports and entertainment worlds. Some of them have been: Ron Artest, Ray J, comic Sam Tripoli, and writer Caleb Bacon. Owens is represented by R. Totka of Athlete Promotions.
    In 2013, NBC Sports reported that Owens has become a model.
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  • 2012
    On May 8, 2012, Owens appeared on Dr. Phil with the mothers of 3 of his children to discuss relationships.
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    On August 26, 2012, Owens announced on his Twitter account that the Seahawks had released him.
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    On August 6, 2012, Owens signed a one-year, $925,000 contract with the Seattle Seahawks.
    More Details Hide Details He was assigned number 10 because Golden Tate already had number 81.
    On May 29, 2012, Owens was released for showing a lack of effort both on and off the field.
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    On January 18, 2012, Owens announced via Twitter that he had accepted the Wranglers' offer and joined their ownership group, with an official press conference to follow the following week.
    More Details Hide Details In his debut for the Wranglers, Owens caught three passes for 53 yards and three touchdowns as the Wranglers defeated the Wichita Wild 50-30. His stats were: 8 games played; 35 catches; 420 yards; 52.5 YPG; 12 yards per catch; 45 longest catches; and 10 touchdowns.
  • 2011
    On November 2, 2011, the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League announced they had extended a six-figure contract offer to Owens to play for the Wranglers in the 2012 season.
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    He suffered a torn ACL during the 2011 offseason and underwent surgery in April 2011.
    More Details Hide Details According to his agent, he was cleared to play again on October 19. He held a televised workout on October 25, which no NFL teams chose to attend.
    The Bengals decided not to re-sign Owens for the 2011 season.
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  • 2010
    On July 27, 2010, Owens signed a one-year contract with the Cincinnati Bengals.
    More Details Hide Details It was reportedly worth two million dollars, with another two million dollars possible from bonuses. He joined Carson Palmer and Chad Johnson, both of whom lobbied for the Bengals to sign Owens. He received his customary number, #81, given to him by free-agent acquisition wide receiver Antonio Bryant in exchange for an undisclosed sum of money to be donated to a charity of Bryant's choice. Against the Cleveland Browns in Week 4, he had a spectacular game with 10 receptions, 222 yards and a touchdown of 78 yards on the day. On December 21, Owens was placed on injured reserve, for the first time in his 15-year career. He still managed to lead all Bengals' receivers (including Ochocinco) with receptions (72), yards (983) and touchdowns (9) for the season. However, the Bengals fell from a 10-6 record the year before Owens joined to a 4-12 record with Owens.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    Owens caught his first TD pass with Buffalo in a 33-20 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on September 20, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Owens had his best game with the Bills in a 15-18 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Owens had 9 receptions for 197 yards and a touchdown. Owens and Ryan Fitzpatrick set a Bills record for longest TD reception when Fitzpatrick connected with Owens for a 98-yard TD. The 98-yard TD reception is Owens' longest TD reception. He also became the oldest player to have a TD reception of 76+ yards (35 years, 350 days). Owens became the sixth player to reach 1,000 receptions in a career. He accomplished this during a game against the Atlanta Falcons from an 8-yard pass from Brian Brohm.
    On March 8, 2009, the Buffalo Bills signed Owens to a 1-year, $6.5 million contract.
    More Details Hide Details Owens had his first catch with the Bills when he had a 27-yard play on a 3rd-and-1 in the 25-24 loss to the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. With that catch, he passed former Bills receiver Andre Reed on the all-time Top 20 career leaders list for pass receptions. Owens debuted with 2 catches for 45 yards in the game.
    The Cowboys released Owens on March 4, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Owens later said that Jerry Jones had assured him that he would be remaining with the team and that he was blindsided by his release.
  • 2008
    In the 2008 Pro Bowl, Owens caught 7 passes for 101 yards and 2 touchdowns in an NFC win.
    More Details Hide Details Despite his efforts, Minnesota Vikings rookie running back Adrian Peterson was named MVP. In the Cowboys second game of the season, the last Monday Night game at Texas Stadium, Owens passed Cris Carter to move to second in touchdowns behind former teammate Jerry Rice.
  • 2007
    In the 2007 season, Owens and the Cowboys began to live up to their potential.
    More Details Hide Details On November 18, Owens set a new career high and tied a franchise record, with four touchdown catches against the Washington Redskins. With his TD catch against Green Bay on November 29, Owens became the first player in NFL history with at least one touchdown catch and six receptions in seven straight games. Also with this win, the Cowboys clinched a playoff berth for the second consecutive season, making this the third time Owens would participate in back-to-back postseasons. Owens was one of the starting wide receivers to represent the NFC in the Pro Bowl along with Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. On January 9, Owens made the All-Pro team along with teammates Jason Witten and DeMarcus Ware. On December 22 in a week 16 game against the Carolina Panthers, Owens caught his 15th touchdown catch of the season to set a new Cowboys record for touchdown catches in a season. During this game, however, Owens suffered a high ankle sprain after making a catch in the second quarter, which kept him out of the rest of the regular season. Owens was leading the league in receiving yards and was second in receiving touchdowns at the time. He finished the season with 81 receptions, 15 touchdowns, and 1,355 receiving yards, as the team finished 13-3 and clinched the NFC's top seed.
    On March 1, 2007, he underwent surgery twice to repair his right ring finger.
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  • 2006
    Some media outlets in Dallas reported on the morning of September 27, 2006 that Owens had tried to kill himself by intentionally ingesting an overdose of hydrocodone, a pain medication.
    More Details Hide Details A police report filed on the night of September 26 seemed to confirm the attempt, saying that Owens' publicist, Kim Etheredge, found him unresponsive with an empty bottle of pain killers, pried two pills from his mouth, and called 9-1-1, after which an ambulance transported him four blocks from his Deep Ellum condo to Baylor University Medical Center. According to the police report, Owens and Etheredge both said he was depressed, and Owens answered "yes" when asked whether he had intended to harm himself. Owens' publicist, however, refuted the report, stating that Owens had suffered an allergic reaction to the medication combined with a dietary supplement. ESPN reported that about half the police report was blacked out, including the phrases "attempting suicide by prescription pain medication" and "a drug overdose". Owens left the hospital later on September 27. At a news conference after his release, Owens denied having made a suicide attempt, stating that he expected to join the team for practice the next morning. He stated that he was "not depressed" and was "very happy to be here", and denied that doctors had pumped his stomach, calling speculation to that effect "definitely untrue". The press conference took place after Owens had run routes and caught passes with the Cowboys at the team's practice facility in Valley Ranch.
    Owens returned to the field during the Cowboys' 2006 season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
    More Details Hide Details While the game ended in a Jaguars victory, Owens recorded 8 receptions for 80 yards and one touchdown. The following week, Owens damaged one of his finger bones, and was forced to leave the game. It was later determined that Owens would require surgery to correct the injury, and require anywhere from two to four weeks to recuperate. Days after Owens promised his fans he would return to play against the Philadelphia Eagles, he overdosed on his medication (see Controversy Section). After a bye week giving him time to recuperate, Owens played in the following game against the Tennessee Titans, where he accounted for 88 receiving yards. The following week, Owens made his highly anticipated return to Philadelphia, where he played his former teammate, Donovan McNabb. Upon his return, Owens was met by a hail of angry jeers and taunts, including chants of "O.D." throughout the game. Despite pregame talk about a weak Eagles secondary, Owens struggled throughout the game. Owens had three catches for 45 yards, while the Cowboys went on to lose, 38–24.
    Four days later, on March 18, 2006, Jerry Jones announced that the Dallas Cowboys had signed Owens to a 3-year, $25 million deal, including a $5 million signing bonus, with a $5 million first year salary.
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    On March 14, 2006, the Philadelphia Eagles released Owens.
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  • 2005
    When the 2005 football season began, Owens was in the second year of a seven-year, $49 million contract.
    More Details Hide Details However, the contract was heavily back-loaded, and while the $49 million figure was routinely touted by the sports media as an example of Owens' greed, the money guaranteed to him was under the annual average for a top-tier wide receiver. During the season, Owens continued to voice his displeasure. After more remarks about Eagles management and Donovan McNabb, Owens was suspended for four games without pay and then deactivated for the rest of the season. (See Controversy Section.) The next season, Owens was released by the Philadelphia Eagles franchise and eventually signed with the Dallas Cowboys.
  • 2004
    Owens made $9 million in 2004 (most of which was bonus money, as his base salary was only $660,000), and was slated to make $4.5 million in 2005.
    More Details Hide Details This two-year amount did not place Owens in the top 10 paid wide receivers playing. He also made a comment to the effect that he "wasn't the guy who got tired in the Super Bowl"; the remark, thought by most to be directed at quarterback Donovan McNabb, caused a controversy to heat up between them. Owens has always claimed the remark was not directed towards McNabb, but in regard to his obsessive diet and workout programs. On July 1, Owens' relationship with the Eagles became even more tense after Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie and club president Joe Banner denied Owens permission to play basketball in a summer league under the auspices of the NBA's Sacramento Kings. Owens' contract controversy heated up as training camp drew nearer. Owens, with the negotiating help of Rosenhaus, continued to lobby for a new contract. Owens and Rosenhaus met with Eagles head coach Andy Reid and president Joe Banner, but no agreement was reached (this was in line with the Eagles' policy against contract renegotiations). Owens threatened to hold out of training camp until a deal was reached, but reported to camp on time.
    On December 19, 2004, Owens sustained a severely sprained ankle and a fractured fibula when Dallas Cowboys safety Roy Williams took him down with a horse-collar tackle; Owens' injury was one of the major reasons that the horse-collar tackle was later prohibited.
    More Details Hide Details With the Eagles heading to Super Bowl XXXIX, Owens shocked the media by announcing he would play no matter what, even though team doctors stated that his injury would take several more weeks to heal. Owens' trainer, James "Buddy" Primm, helped bring Owens back much sooner with the use of Microcurrent and a hyperbaric chamber. Skeptics were silenced when Owens started the game and played well; the result was nine receptions and 122 yards, though the Eagles still lost to the New England Patriots. After the game, Owens criticized the media by saying that a player like Brett Favre would have been praised for such bravery. On April 2005, Owens announced that he had hired a new agent, Drew Rosenhaus, and indicated that he would seek to have his contract with the Eagles renegotiated.
    The 2004 season got off to a great start for the Eagles, who started 7-0 and 13-1, as well as for Owens, who averaged a touchdown catch per game before his injury.
    More Details Hide Details Owens gained a tremendous amount of popularity throughout the league, especially among the Eagles' fan base.
    In September 2004, Terrell Owens released a purported autobiography: Catch This!
    More Details Hide Details Going Deep with the NFL's Sharpest Weapon. The 288-page book was ghostwritten by Stephen Singular.
    Before an arbitrator could make a ruling on Owens' grievance, the NFL and the three teams involved in the controversy reached a settlement on March 16, 2004.
    More Details Hide Details The Ravens got their second-round pick back from San Francisco, and the 49ers in turn received a conditional fifth-round pick and defensive end Brandon Whiting from the Eagles in exchange for the rights to Owens. Owens' contract with the Eagles was reported to be worth $49 million for seven years, including a $10 million signing bonus.
    On March 4, 2004, San Francisco, believing it still held Owens' rights, attempted to trade Owens to the Baltimore Ravens for a second round pick in the 2004 draft.
    More Details Hide Details However, Owens challenged the 49ers' right to make the deal. Owens assumed that he would become a free agent on March 3, and did not believe that the earlier deadline was applicable. Hence, he negotiated with other teams in advance of his expected free agency, and reached a contract agreement with the Philadelphia Eagles, whose fan base strongly supported Owens in his desire to play for the team. The NFLPA filed a grievance on his behalf.
    In the summer of 2004, when Garcia, who had been released in the off-season, was a member of the Cleveland Browns, and Terrell Owens was a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, Owens appeared in an interview for Playboy magazine, where he was asked about long-standing rumors that his former teammate Garcia was homosexual, to which he implied he thought there might be truth to the rumors.
    More Details Hide Details The next day, Owens clarified in a press conference that he did not know whether Garcia was gay or not and was not trying to say definitively that Garcia was gay. Owens had also noted in the Playboy interview that he personally would not have a problem with having a gay teammate. Although Owens was eager to leave the 49ers, the 49ers asserted that Owens' previous agent, David Joseph, had missed the deadline to void the final years of his contract with the team. The NFLPA and Owens disputed this assertion, contending that the deadline referred to by the 49ers was not the applicable deadline.
    Owens was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in 2004 after a spat with 49ers front office members.
    More Details Hide Details Two years later, he was released and signed to another large pact by the Dallas Cowboys, only to be given his unconditional release on March 4, 2009. Owens has also played for the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals in 2009 and 2010, respectively. He most recently played for the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League, before being released in 2012. Popularly known by his initials, T.O., Owens is as renowned for his flamboyant touchdown celebrations and public persona as he is for his talent on the field. Owens was born to LC Russel and Marilyn Heard in Alexander City, Alabama. He grew up with three other siblings and was raised by his mother and grandmother. He enjoyed watching football, especially his favorite player, Jerry Rice. However, Owens’ grandmother initially forbade him from playing sports until high school. Owens attended Benjamin Russell High School, where he excelled in football, baseball, track and basketball.
  • 2002
    The 49ers followed up in 2002 with a 10–6 record and their 17th NFC West title; in this season, Owens had 100 catches for 1,300 yards and 13 touchdowns.
    More Details Hide Details The 49ers hosted the New York Giants in the Wild Card playoff round, and after falling behind 38–14, the 49ers erupted to 25 unanswered points; Owens had two touchdown catches and caught two 2-point conversions in the 49ers' 39-38 win. However, they were shot down 31–6 against the soon to be Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who held Owens to only four catches for 35 yards. Coach Steve Mariucci was fired and former Seahawks coach Dennis Erickson took over. The ensuing season in 2003 proved subpar as the 49ers finished 7–9. It was here that Owens decided to leave.
  • 2000
    However, Owens had a record-breaking day on December 17, 2000 with 20 catches for 283 yards in a 17-0 49ers win over the Chicago Bears.
    More Details Hide Details This single-game reception total surpassed the 50-year-old mark held by Tom Fears (which has since been surpassed by Brandon Marshall on December 13, 2009). Owens finished the year with 1,451 receiving yards and thirteen touchdowns. The 2001 49ers managed to compile a 12–4 record but were defeated by the Packers led by Brett Favre in a Wild Card playoff game. Owens finished with sixteen touchdown catches (exactly half the 32 thrown by Jeff Garcia) and 1,412 receiving yards.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    Young retired after the 1999 season after he was unable to pass medical tests as a result of a concussion sustained that season, and Jeff Garcia was named the 49ers' starting quarterback.
    More Details Hide Details In 2000, the 49ers only managed to win six games.
  • 1998
    1998 was another 12–4 season for the 49ers and the first 1,000-yard year for Owens, as he caught 67 balls for 1,097 yards and fourteen touchdowns; he even had a rushing touchdown in October against the Rams.
    More Details Hide Details In the Wildcard playoff game, the 49ers faced the Green Bay Packers who had beaten them five straight times, three of them playoff games. Owens struggled, dropping a number of passes as a result of being briefly blinded by late-afternoon sun. Despite this, Steve Young kept throwing to Owens and he redeemed himself by catching the game-winning touchdown (immortalized by the impassioned game call of 49ers radio play-by-play announcer Joe Starkey) for a 30–27 comeback victory. The following season was a disaster for San Francisco, as Steve Young was lost for the season in a 24–10 win over the Arizona Cardinals. The 49ers fell from grace after a 3–1 start to a 4–12 finish; Owens in that season had 60 catches for 754 yards and four touchdowns.
  • 1997
    In the 1997 NFL season, Owens became a big name for the 49ers when Jerry Rice went down early in the season with a torn ACL.
    More Details Hide Details He and quarterback Steve Young helped the 49ers win 13 games that season; Owens finished with 936 receiving yards and eight touchdowns; he added a touchdown in San Francisco's playoff win over the Minnesota Vikings.
  • 1996
    His first catches were recorded against the Carolina Panthers on September 22, 1996 (two catches for a net six yards).
    More Details Hide Details Against the Atlanta Falcons a week later Owens had a 17-yard kick return and one catch for 26 yards. His first touchdown came on October 20 against the Cincinnati Bengals; in the fourth quarter he caught a 45-yard touchdown throw from Steve Young that tied a game eventually won by the 49ers 28–21.
    Based as much on his size and speed as on his demonstrated ability, the NFL's San Francisco 49ers drafted Owens in the third round of the 1996 NFL Draft.
    More Details Hide Details Owens played his first professional game against the New Orleans Saints, where he served as a member of the 49ers' special teams.
    As productive as he has been, Owens has been equally controversial, creating firestorms with almost every team he has played for as a professional. Owens played college football and basketball at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and was selected in the third round of the 1996 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers.
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  • 1995
    While enrolled at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Owens played many sports including basketball, football, and ran track. Owens had the opportunity to play at the 1995 NCAA Basketball Tournament.
    More Details Hide Details While playing in college, Owens wore the #80 jersey to honor his idol, Jerry Rice. He was not a distinguished athlete at first, but managed to make a breakthrough after becoming a starter during his sophomore year. Owens caught 38 passes for 724 yards and eight touchdowns during his sophomore year, and 34 passes for 357 yards and three touchdowns during his junior year. Having gained respect in the NCAA, Owens faced double coverage more frequently during his senior year, and was limited to 43 receptions for 667 yards and one touchdown. Owens previously held the single season receptions record at Chattanooga until it was broken in 2007 by Alonzo Nix. In his senior year, he anchored the school's 4 × 100 relay team at the NCAA championship. He also participated in the Senior Bowl, a college all-star game played by college seniors, in preparation for the NFL Draft.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1973
    Born on December 7, 1973.
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