Jimmy Garoppolo got a blast from the 49ers' past Wednesday.
The quarterback posted a photo of himself practicing to his Instagram page, writing a "Patiently Waiting" caption. Garoppolo tore his ACL in Week 3 against the Kansas City Chiefs and missed the remainder of the season, as 49ers fans are well aware of.
So, too, was Hall of Fame receiver Terrell Owens. The former 49ers star commented on Garoppolo's post, offering to run routes for the rehabbing signal-caller.
That’s also 49ers rookie wide receiver Dante Pettis responding to T.O. about route running. Smart move.
Owens reportedly explored a return to professional football last summer in the CFL He told ESPN days later he wasn't "actively seeking to get into the NFL," but he still had the itch to play football.
"I know that I do have the ability to play," Owens said at the time. "I know everybody sees the shape that I'm in. There's a lot of athletes that play their prospective sports, but there are few guys that defy the odds. I think I'm one of those guys."
The 49ers do need a receiver next season, after all.
Tennessee Titans safety Kevin Byard paid tribute to Terrell Owens' most iconic moment Monday night in Dallas.
After picking off Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, Byard headed straight for the star at the 50-yard line, spread his arms, and did his best T.O. impression.
Of course, Byard has one more celebration to go to match Owens. The Hall of Fame wide receiver celebrated at midfield after his second touchdown, only to be leveled by Cowboys safety George Teague. Still, Owens admired the effort nonetheless.
Owens told Matt Maiocco on the 49ers Insider Podcast last week that his celebration in 2000 caused irreperable damage to his relationship with then-49ers coach Steve Mariucci.
“With me going to the star, I think my relationship with Coach Mariucci, it fractured at that time, as well,” Owens said.
Owens is clearly on better terms with the organization now, as he received his Pro Football Hall of Fame Ring of Excellence at halftime of the 49ers' 34-3 win over the Raiders on Thursday.
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But this begs the question: Is the NFL out of celebration ideas? One day after Michael Thomas paid homage to Joe Horn with a cell-phone clebration, Byard emulated Owens.
Apparently, the "N" in NFL stands for "Nostalgia."
Former 49ers quarterback Jeff Garcia's support for Terrell Owens' Pro Football Hall of Fame candidacy meant a lot to the former wide receiver.
They didn't have the warmest relationship when they were teammates, but Garcia said advocating for Owens' induction into Canton was a no-brainer.
"Well, because he's a Hall of Famer. I mean, the numbers speak for themselves," Garcia said Thursday on "49ers Pregame Live." "I knew that what we were going to get from T.O. on the football field was 100 percent effort. He was gonna be physical, he was gonna try to make plays, he was gonna try to block when he had to. He was not a part-time player, he never took plays off. He was gonna give everything that he had to give. I respect that."
Of the 113 touchdown passes that Garcia threw with the 49ers from 1999 to 2003, Owens caught 51. But, the pair repeatedly clashed in San Francisco, with Owens advocating for backup QB Tim Rattay to start over Garcia during one low point.
Garcia said it was easy to brush aside those tensions and speak on behalf of Owens' candidacy.
"What happened off the field, the ... different challenges that we went through -- it's part of football and just part of different personalities that you have to learn to just mesh together and work together and find ways to just be the best that you can be whent it comes time to step in front of the lines and play football," Garcia said. "I stepped out there for him because he's a former teammate that has accomplished a lot and deserved to be in the Hall of Fame."
Owens was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year, and he was set to accept his Hall of Fame ring Thursday. He did not attend his induction in August, and spoke at his own ceremony at his alma mater, the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga.