More than a year after his controversial induction ceremony into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which Terrell Owens skipped to conduct his own event, the San Francisco 49ers will induct the controversial wide receiver into the team’s Hall of Fame next fall, the club announced Wednesday.
Owens, who played for San Francisco for eight seasons and is second behind Jerry Rice is numerous franchise receiving records, will have a statue unveiled in the Edward J. DeBartolo Sr. San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame at Levi’s Stadium during the 2019 season. Details surrounding the ceremony haven’t been finalized, but it’s likely to happen during alumni weekend surrounding a home game.
“I am so humbled to be mentioned with the likes and greats of Joe Montana, Steve Young, Jerry Rice and many others that have represented the San Francisco 49ers organization,” Owens wrote in a statement. “I wouldn’t be who I am and have accomplished what I did, number one, without God and without the push of my teammates and coaches, especially Coach Larry Kirksey and Coach George Stewart. The Bay Area is where I began my career, and I will forever be indebted to the 49ers and recognized as one of the 49ers greats. I am honored to be inducted in the 49ers Hall of Fame as this is a special moment with a special group of individuals. Thank you, again, to the 49ers organization and 49ers Faithful.”
After eight seasons in San Francisco (1996-2003), Owens ranks second in team history with 592 receptions, 8,572 receiving yards, 81 receiving touchdowns, 25 games with at least 100 receiving yards and five 1,000-yard seasons. He was named a first-team All-Pro in three straight seasons, 2001 to 2003, before being traded to the Philadelphia Eagles.
“Over the course of eight seasons, the 49ers Faithful were fortunate to have front row seats to watch Terrell Owens develop into one of the most prolific wide receivers in the history of the NFL,” wrote 49ers CEO Jed York in a statement. “Not only was Terrell one of the most physically gifted athletes to ever play the game, but he was also one of the most competitive. We are so very proud and honored to induct Terrell into the Edward J. DeBartolo Sr. San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame, where he will take his place among the all-time greats in our team’s history.”
Owens’ departure from San Francisco was messy, including a spat with then-coach Steve Mariucci. Owens said during a conference call with Bay Area reporters Wednesday he wasn’t interested in reconciling differences with his former head coach.
“Some of the things that have been said about me, I’m pretty sure some of it, a lot of it, probably came from him,” Owens said. “I was a young kid at that time. For him to hold a position of head coach, you have a responsibility to not just coach us, but get to know us as individuals before you start casting stones and judging people.”
Owens went on to play for Philadelphia for two seasons before joining the Dallas Cowboys (2006-08), Buffalo Bills (2009) and Cincinnati Bengals (2010). He ranks eighth in league history in receptions (1,078), third in receiving touchdowns (153) and third in receiving yards (15,934).