Nov 10, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers former player Terrell Owens on the sideline before the game against the Carolina Panthers at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Terrell Owens still not retired, wanted return to 49ers


Terrell Owens returned to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, this time as an honorary captain.

T.O. spent his first 8 seasons with the 49ers before being traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in 2004.  While in San Francisco, Owens caught 592 passes for 8572 yards and 81 touchdowns – second all-time in franchise history to Hall of Famer Jerry Rice in each category.

Owens is now 39 years old, and apparently still wants to play in the NFL, according to Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area.

“No, I haven’t retired officially,” said Owens. “My motto is you have to stay ready so you don’t have to get ready.”

T.O was reportedly disappointed the 49ers didn’t contact him when Michael Crabtree went down with a torn Achilles tendon this past offseason, which is actually something this writer thought might happen after attempting the Randy Moss thing last season.

“Yeah, there’s disappointment there,” Owens said. “But it is what it is. I can’t really be too salty about it. I thought there was an opportunity there, obviously, when Michael Crabtree went down that I could’ve been a viable option there to come in for a workout. But nothing happened.”

Owens said he regretted having to leave San Francisco in 2004.

“The thing is, it wasn’t how I wanted it to end,” Owens said. “Unfortunately, there were a lot of things that happened. They traded me. I didn’t want to leave. I understand there are a lot of things that go on with a lot of management stuff. But, again, like I said, it wasn’t me. We both moved on past that, and I did what I had to do after that.”

In a quote that might surprise some, Owens was thankful for the opportunity to come back to Candlestick Park.

“I’m glad I got an opportunity to be here today, because if I hadn’t been here today, I don’t know if I ever would’ve come here to a game or just be here prior to it being demolished,” he said.

Love him or hate him, T.O. did have a lot of amazing moments on the gridiron for San Francisco during his time there.

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