It was reported late Monday evening that diva wide receiver and reality television star, Terrell Owens would possibly have another shot in the NFL. After not playing in 2011 and being punted from his arena football team, the Seattle Seahawks decided to give Owens a chance in 2012.
The Seahawks have made some interesting moves at the wide receiver position of late and this T.O. ordeal just seems to be the latest in the odd moves from the front office in Seattle. In the past week, the Seahawks agreed to terms with Braylon Edwards, a wide receiver that it seemed no other team was willing to take a chance on. Also, Seattle signed Antonio Bryant after having not played in the NFL for the past two seasons. They would cut Bryant only a few days after his signing.
This brings us to Owens. T.O. has had an interesting NFL career to say the least. He has made some memorable moments on the field as well as off. Let’s take a brief look at every season that Owens played starting with his rookie season in 1996.
1996 – San Francisco 49ers
Owens’ rookie season on a great team that still featured icons such as Steve Young and Jerry Rice. Owens had a solid rookie season behind these Hall of Fame players by recording 35 receptions for 520 yards and 4 touchdowns. The 49ers made the playoffs that season, but lost in the divisional round to the Packers.
1997 – San Francisco 49ers
T.O. Started to take a larger role on the 49ers offense as they steam rolled most teams that faced them that year. The 49ers finished 13-3 and made the playoffs once again. This led to a great duel between the 49ers and the Bret Favre led Packers in the NFC Championship Game. The 49ers ended up losing that game as the Packers went on to the Super Bowl.
1998 – San Francisco 49ers
This was Steve Young’s last season in the NFL. Owens had the best season in his early career by catching 67 passes for 1,097 yards and 14 touchdowns. For the third consecutive year the 49ers posted at least 12 wins as they went 12-4 and went to the playoffs yet again. Unfortunately for them, they lost the divisional round to the Falcons and were sent home early.
1999 – San Francisco 49ers
This would be a rocky season for Owens. He had a new quarterback in Jeff Garcia and the team struggled mightily. Owens production on the field took a drastic hit as a result. He played in only 14 games that season and finished the year with 60 receptions for 754 yards and 4 touchdowns. The 49ers finished with a 4-12 record and no playoff birth; something that T.O. was not used to at this point in his career.