The San Francisco 49ers and the York family announced on Wednesday that Terrell Owens will become the 28th inductee into the Edward J. DeBartolo Sr. San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame.
"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," said 49ers CEO Jed York. "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."
"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," said Owens. "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."
Owens, who spent eight years with the team, ranks second in franchise history in receptions (592), receiving yards (8,572), receiving touchdowns (81), games with 100-or-more receiving yards (25) and 1,000-yard seasons (five), trailing only Edward J. DeBartolo Sr. 49ers Hall of Famer and Pro Football Hall of Fame member Jerry Rice in each category.
Owens was originally selected by the 49ers in the third round (89th overall) of the 1996 NFL Draft out of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. In his eight seasons with San Francisco (1996-03), he played in 121 games (107 starts) and registered 8,572 receiving yards and 81 touchdowns on 592 receptions, while also adding 21 rushing attempts for 162 yards and two touchdowns. Owens started all nine postseason games in which he appeared with the organization and hauled in 39 receptions for 554 yards and four touchdowns.
A Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018 inductee, Owens currently ranks third in receiving yards (15,934), behind former 49ers WR Jerry Rice (22,895) and WR Larry Fitzgerald (16,279), and receiving touchdowns (153), behind Rice (197) and WR Randy Moss (156) in NFL history.
On December 17, 2000, Owens set an NFL record after registering 20 receptions for 283 yards and one touchdown versus the Chicago Bears. He remains one of two players in NFL history [Brandon Marshall – 21 at Ind. (12/13/09)] to haul in at least 20 receptions in a single game. In a Wild Card playoff victory over the New York Giants on January 5, 2003, Owens helped the 49ers overcome a 24-point deficit by hauling in nine receptions for 177 yards and two touchdowns. Owens' 177 receiving yards are the third-most in a postseason game in franchise history.
About the Edward J. DeBartolo Sr. San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame
Established in 2009 and dedicated to Edward J. DeBartolo Sr., the patriarch of one of the most storied franchises in all of professional sports, the 49ers Hall of Fame was created to recognize players, coaches and executives who have made exceptional contributions to the organization. As a prerequisite for induction, all 49ers Hall of Fame candidates must have displayed one or more of the following qualifications: outstanding production and performance on the field, key contributions to the team's success, and/or the embodiment of the spirit and essence of the San Francisco 49ers.
About the 49ers Museum
The 49ers Museum – a first-class celebration of the 49ers past, present and future – features 11 unique gallery and exhibit spaces spread out over 20,000 square feet inside Levi's® Stadium. The journey begins in the main lobby at the Trending Gallery, where you will learn what's new with the team and the space. From there you'll move to the Morabito Theater to watch the 49ers signature film and then into the Edward J. DeBartolo Sr. 49ers Hall of Fame where you'll walk amongst the 49ers greats. Our Heritage Gallery innovatively illuminates the history of the team through artifacts and multimedia exhibits and leads perfectly into the active In the Game Gallery on the lower level. Your visit will end reliving the memories of the 49ers five Super Bowl Championships in front of the Lombardi Trophies. For more information, please visit LevisStadium.com/Museum/.