Born in Alexander City, Alabama, Owens played college football for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and was drafted by the the NFL's San Francisco 49ers as the 89th overall pick in the 3rd round.
He is known for his occasional, flamboyant celebrations after scoring touchdowns. On September 24, 2000 in Dallas, Terrell Owens showed off by going to the middle of the football field after both of his touchdown catches to celebrate on the Dallas Cowboys' famous star logo. During a Monday Night Football game against the Seattle Seahawks on October 14, 2002, Terrell Owens pulled a Sharpie marker out of his sock to sign the football he caught to score a touchdown and gave the ball to a friend in the stands. After he scored a 45-yard touchdown run against the Green Bay Packers on December 15, 2002, Owens celebrated by waving a pair of pom-poms borrowed from a 49ers cheerleader.
Despite all of his controversial celebrations, he is considered by many as one of the best wide recievers currently playing in the NFL. Since the 2000 football season, he has gained over 1,000 yards each season.