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19 Adorable Secrets About Terrell Owens

1. A six-time Pro Bowl selection, Owens holds or shares several National Football League records.

2. His 15,934 career receiving yards rank second in NFL history, and his 153 receiving touchdowns are third.

3. As productive as he has been, Owens has been equally controversial, creating firestorms with almost every team he has played for as a professional. Owens played college football and basketball at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and was selected in the third round of the 1996 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers.

4. Owens was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in 2004 after a spat with 49ers front office members.

5. Two years later, he was released and signed to another large pact by the Dallas Cowboys, only to be given his unconditional release on March 4, 2009. Owens has also played for the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals in 2009 and 2010, respectively.

6. He most recently played for the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League, before being released in 2012.

7. Popularly known by his initials, T.O., Owens is as renowned for his flamboyant touchdown celebrations and public persona as he is for his talent on the field.

8. When Owens was very young, his parents split and he moved in with his mother and grandmother. He grew up with three other siblings and was raised by his mother and grandmother.

9. However, Owens’ grandmother initially forbade him from playing sports until high school.

10. Owens attended Benjamin Russell High School, where he excelled in football, baseball, track and basketball.

11. Terrell Owens is the son of Terrell Sr. and Marilyn Heard.

12. T.O. is also the father to sons Mike Float, born September 25, 1999, and Atlin Owens, who as a toddler modeled for the spring 2009 Famous Stars and Straps clothing line. Owens also has two daughters, Kylee and Dasha.

13. In September 2011, Owens was sued by Melanie Paige Smith III, the mother of his daughter, for failure to pay child support, but the case was settled prior to trial.

14. On a May 8, 2012 episode of Dr. Phil, three of the four mothers to his children accused Owens of either coming up short in his monthly child-support payments or not paying at all.

15. Owens said he was paying some $45,000 per month in child support at one time.

16. While enrolled at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Owens played many sports including basketball, football, and ran track.

17. Owens had the opportunity to play at the 1995 NCAA Basketball Tournament.

18. While playing in college, Owens wore the #80 jersey to honor his idol, Jerry Rice. He was not a distinguished athlete at first, but managed to make a breakthrough after becoming a starter during his sophomore year.

19. Owens caught 38 passes for 724 yards and eight touchdowns during his sophomore year, and 34 passes for 357 yards and three touchdowns during his junior year.

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