One of the most productive wide receivers in NFL history, Owens signed with Cincinnati as an unrestricted free agent on 7-29-10 ... Over 14 previous seasons, has career accomplishments including 14,951 receiving yards (third in NFL history), 144 touchdown receptions (third) and 1006 receptions (sixth) ... Leads active NFL players in receptions and receiving yards ... Has missed only nine career games due to injuries ... Six Pro Bowl selections and six All-Pro selections ... Started every game for Buffalo last season and led the Bills in receptions (55), receiving yards (829) and yards-per-catch (15.1) ... Has played and started in 12 postseason games, including Super Bowl XXXIX for Philadelphia (2004 season) ... 54 postseason receptions for 751 yards and five TDs.2010 HIGHLIGHTS: GENERAL:
Fifteenth-year pro signed with Bengals on July 29 as unrestricted free agent and played in Games 1-14 ... Placed on Reserve/Injured list Dec. 21, due to knee injury suffered Dec. 19 vs. Cleveland … Led team for the season in catches (72), receiving yards (983) and TDs (nine) ... Through 14 games, ranked tied for fourth in AFC in receptions and fifth in receiving yards … Rose during season to second all-time in NFL receiving yards (15,934), fifth in all-time receptions (1078), fourth in all-time TDs (156) and tied for second in all-time TD receptions (153) ... Finished season leading active players in career receptions and receiving yards, and tied for first among actives in receiving TDs ... Is the oldest player in NFL history to record a 200-yard receiving game, having logged 222 on Oct. 3 of this season at Cleveland at 36 years, 300 days.
GAME-BY-GAME: Became only third player in league history to go over 15,000 receiving yards Sept. 12 at New England, when he caught seven-for-53 … Caught three-for-57 Sept. 19 vs. Baltimore … Caught four-for-42 on Sept. 26 at Carolina … His 10-for-222 effort Oct. 3 at Cleveland included 78-yard TD, longest TD pass of QB Carson Palmer’s pro career ... Yardage total at Cleveland was second-most in his career (283 for San Francisco vs. Chicago in 2000) … Also at Cleveland, passed Isaac Bruce for second all-time in receiving yards and for fifth all-time in receptions … Posted second straight 100-yard game and second straight game with a TD on Oct. 10 vs. Tampa Bay, catching seven-for-102 with a 43-yard TD … Scored TD in third straight game Oct. 24 at Atlanta, catching 19-yard pass in the third quarter, and totaled nine-for-88 for the game … Caught five-for-65 on Oct. 31 vs. Miami, with TDs on plays of seven and 37 yards ... Scored two TDs for the second straight week Nov. 8 vs. Pittsburgh, catching 10-for-141 … First TD vs. Pittsburgh was a 19-yarder that got Bengals on the board in second quarter, and second was 27-yarder in fourth … Also drew a pass interference penalty in the end zone to set up another Bengals TD in the fourth ... Caught four-for-64 on Nov. 14 at Indianapolis ... Caught three-for-63 on Nov. 21 vs. Buffalo, with four-yard TD catch in second quarter ... Held to three catches for 17 yards Nov. 25 at N.Y. Jets ... Caught five-for-47 on Dec. 5 vs. New Orleans, including five-yard TD that tied him with Randy Moss for most TD receptions among active players (153) ... Saw brief action Dec. 19 vs. Cleveland before leaving with knee injury.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: 1996
—Drafted in 1996 by San Francisco in third round (98th overall). 2004
—Traded by 49ers to Philadelphia, via Baltimore, in a three-way deal completed March 16. 2006
—Released by Philadelphia on March 14 ... Signed as free agent with Dallas on March 18. 2009
—Signed by Buffalo as unrestricted free agent on March 7. 2010
—Signed by Bengals as unrestricted free agent on July 29.PRO BOWL SEASONS:
2000 (San Francisco), 2001 (San Francisco), 2002 (San Francisco), 2003 (San Francisco), 2004 (Philadelphia), 2007 (Dallas).SUPERLATIVES APLENTY:
Owens’s career accomplishments also include:
» His 1006 career receptions give him an NFL active-player lead of seven over Atlanta TE Tony Gonzalez (999).
» His 14,951 career receiving yards give him an active-player lead of 486 over New England WR Randy Moss (14,465).
» Has caught one or more TD passes in 109 games, and his teams’ record is 76-33 in those contests.
» Has 26 career TD receptions of 50 or more yards, fourth all-time in NFL.
» Had a streak of 185 games with at least one reception (1996-2009), third-longest all-time in NFL. The streak began against the Bengals, when Owens was a 49er.
» Has seven seasons of 13 or more TD receptions, second all-time to Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (eight).
» Required the third-fewest games (204) in NFL history to record 1000 receptions, trailing only Marvin Harrison (167) and Jerry Rice (181).
» His 20 receptions for San Francisco on 12-17-00 vs. Chicago set an NFL record that stood until last year, when Denver’s Brandon Marshall caught 21 vs. Indianapolis. At the time of his 20 catches, Owens broke 50-year-old NFL record of 18 by Hall of Famer Tom Fears.
» Ranks second among active players in 100-yard receiving games (48), trailing only Randy Moss (64).
» Ranks third in NFL history in multiple-touchdown games (30), trailing only Jerry Rice (44) and Randy Moss (35).
» Tied for third all-time in 1000-yard receiving seasons (nine), trailing only Jerry Rice (14) and Randy Moss (10).
» His 14,951 career receiving yards trail only Jerry Rice (22,895) and Isaac Bruce (15,208).
» His 144 career TD catches trail only Jerry Rice (197) and Randy Moss (148).IT STARTED VS. CINCINNATI:
The first of Owens’s 144 career TD receptions — third-most in NFL history — came against the Bengals. On Oct. 20 of his 1996 rookie year with San Francisco, his 45-yard score from QB Steve Young tied the score 21-all late in the fourth quarter at the 49ers’ 3Com Park. San Francisco scored another late TD and won, 28-21, overcoming a 21-0 deficit.HE SLIPPED BY THE SCOUTS:
It’s rather an understatement to say Owens has surpassed the accomplishments of most players drafted ahead of him in 1996. NFL teams had selected 97 college players before the 49ers called his number. Owens was off most fans’ radar in college, posting a good but not spectacular career in the NCAA Division I-AA ranks at Tennessee-Chattanooga.HE’S DONE MARCH MADNESS:
Owens surely is a rarity among top NFL stars in that he played basketball in the NCAA Division I Tournament. He was not a major basketball star at Tennessee-Chattanooga, but he played in 38 games with five starts over three seasons, and as a junior, he played briefly against Connecticut in the 1995 NCAA tourney ... Also on the basketball front, Owens won a celebrity slam dunk competition at the 2000 NBA All-Star Game in Oakland, and he played five games with the Adirondack Wildcats of the U.S. Basketball League during 2002 offseason ... Built a full-court basketball gym in his home and uses it as part of offseason conditioning.NOT SLOWING DOWN:
Though Owens concedes he may not be as fast as he was 10 years ago, it was only last season that he logged a career-long 98-yard TD reception. The score from QB Ryan Fitzpatrick was on Nov. 22 at Jacksonville. It was the longest scrimmage play in Bills history and only the 20th in NFL history of 98 or more yards.PREVIOUS SEASONS: 1996
—Drafted by San Francisco in third round (98th overall) ... Played in every game, with 10 starts, for club that finished 12-4 and earned Wild Card playoff berth ... Started both 49ers postseason games ... Second on team in receiving yards (520) and led team in yards per catch (14.9) ... Third in catches (35) and receiving TDs (four) ... His 10 starts were most by a 49ers rookie receiver since 1969, when Gene Washington had 14 ... Had his first NFL receptions (two for six yards) on Sept. 22 at Carolina ... Logged his first career 100-yard receiving game (five-for-110) on Dec. 8 vs. Carolina.
—Started 15 of 16 regular-season games and both playoff games for 49ers 13-3 division champions ... Led team in catches (60), receiving yards (936), yards per catch (15.6) and receiving TDs (eight, tied for team lead in total TDs) ... Scored first career postseason TD in playoff win on 1-3-98 vs. Minnesota, and was six-for-100 receiving in playoff loss 1-11-98 vs. Green Bay.1998
—Helped lead 49ers to 12-4 record and Wild Card playoff berth, earning All-Pro honors with 67 catches for 1097 yards and 14 TDs ... Scored 10 TDs in the last eight regular-season games ... Caught 11-for-146 with a TD while starting both playoff games.1999
—Missed postseason for first time in his career, playing and starting 14 games for 49ers team that finished 4-12 ... Second on team in catches (60), receiving yards (754) and receiving TDs (four), trailing Jerry Rice in all three categories ... Had season high in catches (nine) and yards (145) in 44-30 loss Dec. 5 at Cincinnati.2000
—Had career-best 1451 receiving yards, playing 14 games with 13 starts for 49ers ... Had 13 TD catches among his 97 total and earned first Pro Bowl berth, along with first-team All-Pro by Associated Press ... Career game-highs of 20 catches and 283 yards on Dec. 17 vs. Chicago.2001
—Earned second trip to Pro Bowl and consensus first-team All-Pro honors as he led 49ers back to playoffs with 12-4 record ... Led NFL with career-high 16 receiving TDs, catching 93 total for 1412 yards.2002
—Earned his third straight Pro Bowl berth and was a consensus All-Pro selection for 10-6 49ers club that won NFC West title ... Started both playoff games, and had two TD catches on a nine-for-177 day in playoff win on 1-5-03 vs. N.Y. Giants ... Posted career-best 100 receptions in regular season, for 1300 yards with 13 TDs ... Came back for the playoffs after missing last two regular-season games with a thigh injury ... In a five-game stretch (Games 7-11), had four outputs of more than 130 receiving yards ... Threw his first career pass completion, 25 yards to Tai Streets, in playoff win vs. Giants.2003
—In his final season with 49ers, earned fourth straight Pro Bowl selection, totaling 80 catches for 1102 yards and nine TDs ... Season high 155 yards on eight catches (tied for season high) on Nov. 17 vs. Pittsburgh.2004
—Traded by 49ers to Philadelphia, via Baltimore, in a three-way deal completed March 16, and helped Eagles reach their first Super Bowl ... Played in season’s first 14 games for Eagles, with 77 catches for 1200 yards and Eagles-record 14 TDs, and earned fifth consecutive Pro Bowl berth with consensus All-Pro honors ... But he suffered an ankle injury in Game 14, Dec. 19 vs. Dallas, and was out for Games 15-16 and the first two Eagles playoff games ... Returned for Super Bowl XXXIX vs. New England and had nine catches for 122 yards in Eagles loss. 2005
—Played and started Games 1-7 for Eagles ... Totaled 47 catches for 763 yards in his seven contests, an average of 6.7 catches and 109 yards per game, but was suspended by team for Games 8-11 for what Eagles termed “conduct detrimental to team” … On Eagles roster for Games 12-16 but was declared inactive each week ... On Sept. 18 vs. San Francisco, had a 143-yard game and became 24th NFL player to reach 10,000 career receiving yards ... Had a then career-long 91-yard TD reception on Oct. 30 vs. Denver.2006
—Released March 14 by Philadelphia, and signed March 18 with Dallas ... Led NFL in touchdown receptions (13) while leading team in catches (85) and receiving yards (1180) ... Helped Cowboys to 9-7 season and Wild Card playoff berth, and caught two-for-26 in playoff loss at Seattle ... Tied career high with three TD catches on Oct. 15 vs. Houston.2007
—Helped lead Dallas to a 13-3 season and NFC East championship ... Logged Cowboys record of 15 TD receptions, leading the NFC ... Earned sixth career Pro Bowl selection and All-NFL honors from Pro Football Writers ... Had 81 receptions for 1355 yards, playing and starting 15 games, and added four-for-49 in playoff loss vs. N.Y. Giants ... Caught 10-for-174 with a TD in 38-17 win Nov. 4 at Philadelphia.2008
—Elected by Dallas teammates as an offensive team captain and started every game, catching 69-for-1052 with 10 TDs ... Had a key third-quarter score on Oct. 5 vs. Bengals, 57-yard TD reception that sparked 31-22 Dallas win ... Had his second career game of 200-plus yards on Nov. 23 vs. San Francisco, going seven-for-213 with a TD in 35-22 Cowboys win.2009
—Signed March 7 with Buffalo as unrestricted free agent ... Started every game and led Bills in receptions (55), receiving yards (829) and yards-per-catch (15.1) ... Held without a reception Sept. 27 vs. New Orleans, snapping his NFL third-longest streak of 185 consecutive games with a catch ... Played 200th career game Nov. 29 vs. Miami, and keyed Bills win with 51-yard TD catch in fourth quarter .... Reached 1000-reception milestone with his second catch on Dec. 27 at Atlanta ... On 1-3-10 vs. Indianapolis, passed Tim Brown into third place in NFL receiving yards.M.L. IS NO. 9:
Cincinnati’s Marvin Lewis is the ninth head coach for Owens in his 15-year NFL career. The others have been George Seifert (1996, S.F.), Steve Mariucci (1997-2002, S.F.), Dennis Erickson (2003, S.F.), Andy Reid (2004-05, Phil.), Bill Parcells (2006, Dallas), Wade Phillips (2007-08, Dallas) and Dick Jauron/Perry Fewell (2009, Buffalo). Owens’ teams have reached the playoffs in seven of 14 seasons entering 2010.COLLEGE:
Finished Tennessee-Chattanooga career with 144 catches for 2320 yards and 19 TDs ... Inducted in 2003 to school’s Athletic Hall of Fame ... First-team All-Southern Conference as a senior in 1995 and as a sophomore in 1993 ... Second-team all-conference as a junior ... Set school record for TD catches in a game (four) vs. Marshall in 1993 ... Played three seasons on varsity basketball team (more detail in item above) and ran anchor leg on school’s 4x100 relay team as a senior.COMMUNITY SERVICE:
Has been involved in a wide range of philanthropic activities ... Established the Catch A Dream Foundation to distribute grants and donations to charitable organizations across the United States, focusing on help for underprivileged families and children, with 81 families chosen each year for help ... Has worked to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s Disease, having testified before Congress to increase research funding ... On March 25, 2009, received the Alzheimer’s Association’s first Young Champions Award... Also has been an active supporter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation ... In 2005, spent time at the Astrodome with victims of Hurricane Katrina ... Auctioned his 2004 NFC Championship ring to raise $48,200 for hurricane relief ... Member of Make-A-Wish Foundation ... Hosts Terrell Owens football camps ... Has participated in hospital visits and has been a celebrity reader for National Young Readers Day.PERSONAL:
Hometown is Alexander City, Ala. ... Attended Benjamin Russell High School, where he lettered four times in football and track, three times in basketball and once in baseball ... Has written a children’s’ book, “Little T Learns to Share,” which offers life lessons for kids, and has also released a fitness book, “Finding Fitness,” through Simon & Schuster.