Terrell Owens, wide receiver in the NFL, whose extraordinary football skills and sensational athleticism have set the standard for NFL wide receivers, is among the league’s most exciting and electrifying players. His remarkable work ethic and unparalleled commitment to the game, as well as his candid and passionate personality, make him one of the most fascinating athletes in professional sports.
Born in Alexander City, Alabama, Terrell attended Benjamin Russell High School, where he excelled in several sports, including football, basketball, baseball and track. After being recruited by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC), he distinguished himself as an explosive receiver, earning first-team All-Southern Conference honors and setting a school record for catching a pass in 11 consecutive games. Terrell also lined up at forward on the UTC basketball team, including five starts for the squad that qualified for the NCAA tournament in 1995. In his senior year, Terrell anchored the school’s 4×100 relay team.
Based as much on his size and speed as well as his exceptional ability, Terrell was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the third round of the 1996 NFL draft. He played for the 49ers for eight years, amassing a highlight reel of spectacular plays and performances, including a game-winning touchdown against the Green Bay Packers in a 1998 wild-card playoff game that was dubbed “The Catch II”; a record-breaking day on December 17, 2000, when he surpassed the 50-year-old mark for the single-game reception total; and his role in leading the 49ers to the second-greatest comeback in NFL playoff history, which occurred against the New York Giants in 2002.
In 2004 Terrell joined the Philadelphia Eagles, where he immediately had a major impact on the team’s fortunes. Terrell averaged a touchdown catch per game and the Eagles won 13 out of their first 14 games on their way to Super Bowl XXXIX. Despite a late-season injury that doctors said would take weeks to heal, Terrell started the game and had nine receptions and 122 yards in a loss to the New England Patriots.
After a controversial 2005 season with the Eagles, Terrell was released from his contract and signed a three-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys. In his first season with the Cowboys, Terrell led the league in regular season touchdowns (13), despite a tendon injury to his finger. While doctors recommended season-ending surgery, Terrell elected to wait until the end of the season to repair the damage. In 2007, Terrell set a Dallas Cowboys record with 15 touchdown receptions and helped lead the team to the NFC East divisional title for the first time since 1988. He had 69 catches for 1,052 yards and 10 touchdowns I his last season for Dallas.
Owens entered his 14th NFL season with the Buffalo Bills. It was in this season that Terrell became the Sixth player in the NFL to record 1,000 career catches.
During his outstanding career, Terrell has amassed numerous awards and honors. He has earned six Pro Bowl appearances and has been named a first-team All-Pro by the Associated Press five times. Among his other accomplishments, Terrell was the second NFL player to record five seasons with 13 or more touchdowns, and he was the first to score a touchdown in seven straight “Monday Night Football” games. On September 15, 2008, in another amazing Monday Night game, Owens moved into second place on the NFL’s all-time career touchdown list.
Off the field, Terrell is involved with a wide range of philanthropic initiatives. He has established the Catch A Dream Foundation to distribute grants and donations to important charitable organizations, including local Alzheimer’s Associations across the United States. Terrell has become a leading and vocal advocate for raising public awareness about Alzheimer’s disease, having testified before Congress to increase Alzheimer research funding. He is also an active supporter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
In addition, Terrell has written a children’s book, “Little T Learns to Share,” which offers important life lessons for kids. It is published by BenBella Books. He has also released his first fitness book, “Finding Fitness” published by Simon & Schuster, in September 2008.
Terrell signed with Wihelmina Model Agency on December 8, 2009 to help with endorsements and sponsorship deals in personal care and fashion industries.