Former 49ers wide receiver Terrell Owens will have the stage to himself while the remainder of the Pro Football Hall of Fame class celebrates in Canton, Ohio.
Owens announced Tuesday that he will give his speech on Saturday, Aug. 4, at 3:17 p.m. (Central time) at McKenzie Arena on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where Owens played football and basketball for the Mocs. He was elected into the Hall of Fame in his third year of eligibility.
“After giving it much thought, I have realized just how much I want to celebrate what will inevitably be the best weekend of my life at a place that means so much to me,” Owens said in a statement.
The remainder of the Hall of Fame Class of 2018 will take part in the induction ceremony in Canton on Aug. 4 from 7 to 10 p.m. (Eastern time).
“I’m proud to be a Moc, and I’m honored to be able to share this experience with my family, friends, teammates and fans at the place that provided me with an opportunity beyond high school and where I truly began to find myself as an athlete. Thank you to everyone who has supported my celebration decision. I look forward to seeing you all in Chattanooga.
“Getcha popcorn ready!”
Former Raiders running back Marcus Allen knows a thing or two about the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
August marks 15 years since his induction, which came six years after his retirement from the NFL. He told NBC Sports Bay Area's Kelli Johnson and Monte Poole during The Happy Hour on Friday that the honor's meaning was "hard to put into words."
Consider Allen surprised, then, that soon-to-be-inducted Terrell Owens will skip the ceremony in Canton, OH on August 4.
"It's mind-boggling to me because I think there is no greater platform in the football world than the Hall of Fame to really sort of say 'thank you' to all the people that have helped you get there," Allen said from the American Century Championship Celebrity Golf Tournament in Lake Tahoe.
"No man's an island. We didn't get there by ourselves," Allen continued. "My father [introduced me] and I wanted the world to know who supported me [along the way]."
Allen added that he thinks Owens will regret the decision in the long run.
The former 49ers wide receiver will commemorate his induction on August 4 with a speech at his alma mater, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga at 3:17 p.m. CT (1:17 p.m. PT), hours before the festivities in Canton. The Hall of Fame won't mention Owens at the ceremony, but will maill him his gold jacket that day.
Legendary wide receiver Jerry Rice has a case as good as anyone as the greatest football player of all time.
He is a three-time Super Bowl champion, a 13-time Pro Bowl pick and a 10-time first-team All-Pro. He's the NFL career leader in receptions (1,549), receiving yards (22,895), and total touchdowns (208).
But you don't need us to tell you. The former 49ers and Raiders wideout made the case for himself with some colorful language to Charles Barkley at the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship in Lake Tahoe.
We couldn't have put it better ourselves.