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.”
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.