Terrell Owens to be inducted into 49ers Hall of Fame during 2019 season

Terrell Owens to be inducted into 49ers Hall of Fame during 2019 season

Terrell Owens, who last year was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, will become the 28th inductee this year into the Edward J. DeBartolo Sr. San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame, the club announced on Wednesday.

Owens did not participate in the induction ceremony last summer in Canton, Ohio. But he attended a ceremony at Levi’s Stadium last season to accept his Ring of Excellence from David Baker, the president of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Owens expressed his gratitude to the 49ers in a statement released through the club.

“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,” Owens said.

“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.”

Team CEO Jed York began conversations with Owens last year about induction into the team’s Hall of Fame. He told Owens the 49ers and York family were ready for Owens to be inducted into the franchise’s Hall of Fame whenever Owens was ready for such an honor.

“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,” Jed York said in a statement. “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.”

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The date of Owens’ induction into the 49ers Hall of Fame will be set after the NFL announces the schedule for the 2019 regular season.

49ers' Ben Garland sees worlds intersect with football on Veterans Day


49ers' Ben Garland sees worlds intersect with football on Veterans Day

SANTA CLARA – Ben Garland’s two worlds come together on Monday night when he takes the field with his 49ers teammates at Levi’s Stadium on Veterans Day.

Garland, 31, is a six-year NFL veteran from Air Force whose football career was delayed for two years while he completed his military commitment. He still serves in the National Guard during the NFL offseason.

“My whole family’s been in the military,” Garland said. “I got a lot of friends in the military. I’ve lost friends who’ve died in the military, so Veterans Day is always a really big thing for me and close to my heart.”

The Garland tradition in the military is believed to date back to Col. John Garland, who served 50 years, including during the War of 1812 and, briefly, in the Civil War.

There has been a Col. Garland in the Air Force for generations.

Ben Garland’s great grandfather flew combat missions in World War II, and his grandfather, Hal Garland, a full-bird colonel in the Air Force, is his hero. His uncle, Steven Garland, a brigadier general, retired in December 2017.

Ben Garland said the family tradition of entering the military was never something that was talked about. It just happened through an innate desire to serve the United States of America.

“My grandfather always told me he would be proud of me no matter what I did,” Garland said. “He said, ‘Just always work hard and do your best.’ And I always thought my best and reaching my potential would be following in his footsteps, going the military route.”

Garland said he always takes time to pay reverence for the sacrifices of his family and others during the playing of the national anthem before games.

“I know what people have done to fight for that flag and for our country,” Garland said. “My family is out there fighting for it, and my closest friends who I consider family are out there fighting for it. It means the world to me.”

In October 2015, while with the Atlanta Falcons, Garland received word that his friend, Capt. Jordan Pierson, 28, died in Afghanistan when his C-130J Super Hercules aircraft crashed. Garland and Pierson grew close during their time together in Squadron 27 at the Air Force Academy.

“Great guy, incredible dude, and to die so young, is tough,” Garland said. “It crushes you. I remember I got the news when I was at practice in Atlanta. I was struggling to even play that week and focus.”

Garland finished his military commitment a couple of years ago. He continues to serve with the 140th Wing at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colo., with 48 four-hour blocks during the NFL offseason.

“As long as I can maintain serving and continue doing this (playing football), I’m going to,” Garland said. “I’m serving because I love it, and I’ll do it as long as they want me and I want them.”

Garland, a backup offensive guard, appeared in 46 games over the past three seasons with the Falcons. He has suited up for each game with the 49ers but has seen action in only three games. Garland sees correlations between the qualities that have attracted him to football and the military.

“The military symbolizes some of the best parts of what we have in our country,” Garland said. “The reason I love football, you take a diverse group of people from every walk of life, and you have to become the best in the world. You work together.

“You get black, white, it doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter whether you’re from the ghetto or from the country, you get a group together and you train as hard as you can, you become as close as you can, and you become the best in the world. That’s what our military is today.”

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Garland, of course, knows that’s where the comparisons end between football and life in the military.

“Over there, it’s amplified to a millionth degree,” Garland said. “It’s life or death over there. Here, it’s just a game.”

49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo, George Kittle among top-selling NFL jerseys


49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo, George Kittle among top-selling NFL jerseys

When you're a fan of an athlete, you would probably pay top dollar to buy a jersey with their name written across the back.

If you're one of those who are curious as to what everyone else ins purchasing, well you're in luck. NFL.com released the top 25-highest selling jerseys at the NFL Shop and two of the 49ers grace the list for the month of October. 

Tight end George Kittle lands at the 13th spot on the list which puts him ahead of Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and even Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew.

In a not surprising number, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo lands at the No. 3 spot. 

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Who beats him for the top two spots? Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes and Jimmy G's former teammate New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

The tow 49ers representatives are in great company.