It is moments like these that have made him stand out above his peers. Love him or hate him, he was going to attempt to put on a show for the fans. Here’s a look back at the top five moments of Owens’ career as a 49er:
5. December 15, 2002: “The Pom Poms”
Owens scores a touchdown versus the Green Bay Packers and proceeds to celebrate by grabbing the pom poms from a 49ers cheerleader and dancing with the cheerleaders. The 49ers would go on to lose 20-14.
4. December 17, 2000: “Domination”
Owens sets a new NFL record for receptions in a game with 20 receptions for 283 and a touchdown. The 49ers would go on to defeat the Chicago Bears 17-0.
3. October 14, 2002: “Sign here”
On a Monday Night Football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Owens scored a touchdown and infamously pulled a sharpie out of his sock and autographed the ball. The 49ers would go on to win 28-21.
2. September 24, 2000: “The Star”
Owens scored a touchdown, ran to the middle of Texas Stadium and stood on the Dallas Cowboys star. Later, Emmitt Smith would score a touchdown and he too would go stand on the star. Owens would then score another touchdown and go back to the star, however, this time George Teague would hit Owens for doing so. The 49ers would defeat the Cowboys 41-14.
1. January 3, 1999: “The Catch, II”
In a Wild Card Playoff game against the Green Bay Packers, Owens struggled all day to catch the football. On the final drive of the game with the 49ers needing a touchdown to win, Steve Young hit Owens over the middle for the game-winning score. The final was 30 -27. Many fans and analysts alike consider this the day T.O. was born.
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