The Legacy That is Terrell Owens

GackSports.comContributor IJuly 29, 2010

ATLANTA - DECEMBER 27:  Terrell Owens #81 of the Buffalo Bills against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on December 27, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The great Terrell Owens is now 36 years old and still running. He recently signed with the Cincinnati Bengals and this may very well be the last go around for the man known as “TO”.

He was drafted in the 3rd round by the San Francisco 49ers in 1996. Already with two hall-of-famers, Jerry Rice (TO’s idol) and Steve Young, Terrell Owens was relegated to special teams.

However, in 1997, Jerry Rice went down with a torn ACL and thus began the Terrell Owens Show. His first 4 years with the Niners he had 30 receiving touchdowns, enough to make him a good wide receiver, but not yet a star.

Then, the 20th century ended and the new TO appeared. The next 4 years in San Francisco were just amazing. In 2000 he had 13 TDs, 2001 he had 16 TDs, 2002 he had 13 TDs, and in 2003 he had 9 TDs. He would make the Pro Bowl team all 4 of those years and make the All-Pro team in 2000, 2001, and 2002.

However, his tenure in a Niners’ uniform ended in 2003. He stated in Playboy that his quarterback Jeff Garcia was gay and that the team was going nowhere with him.

He then signed on with the Philadelphia Eagles and continued to cement his legacy there. His first year there he connected on 14 TDs, made the Pro Bowl, made the All-Pro team, and helped the Eagles to the Super Bowl.

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