#1 Leave it to Terrell Owens to choose to become the first von liny195 12.09.2019 04:54

person to celebrate being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame somewhere other than at the Canton 2019 Tim Harris Jersey , Ohio shrine.The receiver who provided so many exhilarating and exasperating moments during one of the NFL’s most prolific careers is about 600 miles away from Canton this weekend. Hours before the other inductees are honored, Owens will give his own acceptance speech at Chattanooga , where he played college football and basketball and ran track.Owens announced on Twitter in June that, while “incredibly appreciative,” he wouldn’t attend the induction ceremony. Owens never shared his reasons for staying away. Less than a month later, Owens again used social media to say he’d hold his own induction ceremony in Chattanooga.“Getcha popcorn ready!” wrote the man who once celebrated a touchdown with popcorn.Owens said Friday in Chattanooga there’s a “flaw in that system” about how Hall of Famers are selected and he wanted to “make a stand” for future candidates. Owens, who wasn’t selected to the Hall of Fame until his third year of eligibility, noted how grateful he was to accept this honor “right here where it all began.”He’s been quite chatty on social media in the weeks leading up to his induction. Owens tweeted that he “wouldn’t have a PRO career if it wasn’t for Chattanooga (hash)THISISFORYOU.” When asked why he’s bypassing the Canton ceremony, Owens tweeted that “I don’t need to be on their stage to do it. I’ll be fine & im sure they will be too.”Chattanooga remains a place where Owens is loved for what he accomplished well before becoming an NFL star. Owens had 2,320 career yards receiving in college and also played basketball on two NCAA Tournament teams before the San Francisco 49ers selected him in the third round of the 1996 draft.In the NFL, Owens strung together numerous antics — posing on the Dallas Cowboys‘ star logo at midfield, engaging in sideline tirades — with five teams over 15 seasons. But his college coaches marveled at his work ethic and considered him fun to coach.“First guy (on the field), last guy off,” former Chattanooga football coach Buddy Green said. “He worked hard, man. He tried to get better every practice. You’d put him on a special team, and he was the first guy down the field. He just loved to play the game. He was great to coach. He worked as hard as anybody on the field, even harder probably.”12<button class="view-gallery">View Gallery</button> Gallery:REDIRECT::Top 10 Texas High School Quarterbacks Currently In the NFLStephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports | Stephen LewMack McCarthy coached Chattanooga basketball during Owens’ years on campus and remembers a guy who could come off the bench and defend at any position.“He could not have been a better teammate,” McCarthy said. “He couldn’t have been better to coach.”Owens has a busy weekend planned for his return to campus.He spoke to Chattanooga’s current student-athletes Friday morning and also took 35 area youths on a shopping spree . Athletic director Mark Wharton said the school will have a private dinner for him Friday night and estimates about 2,000 people will gather at McKenzie Arena for Owens’ induction speech Saturday afternoon.Plans to celebrate Owens’ Hall of Fame career in Chattanooga had been in the works since March. That’s when Wharton attended Owens’ induction into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame and heard some of the receiver’s stories from his college days for over an hour.“From there, his team started saying fairly immediately that he wanted to do something in Chattanooga round the Hall of Fame,” Wharton said. “I assumed — we all assumed (since) nobody’s not gone to Canton — we assumed and started planning for the weekend before. Then in May or so, Terrell notified all of us his desires to have it here.”Owens’ decision to avoid Canton has been called a mistake by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Owens’ former boss who was inducted into the Hall of Famer last year. Several former players and Hall of Famers also have criticized Owens.The Pro Football Hall of Fame still will honor Owens as part of the weekend festivities. Owens Tim Harris San Francisco 49ers Jersey , who ranks second in NFL history in career yards receiving (15,934) and third in touchdown catches (153) , will be part of the 2018 class exhibit with his picture on a light standard at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium and his own glass locker.Hall of Fame President David Baker called Owens’ decision unprecedented and disappointing .“We respect he has strong feelings of his own and I respect his right to make that decision,” Baker said. “I invited him to the hall, even at the last moment he would be welcomed, and he is welcomed every day the rest of his life. Even though he is not here, we will honor him to the best of our ability.”Owens has never wavered. He retweeted someone who noted any message he provides in his induction speech would be heard by many more people in Canton rather than Chattanooga.“This choice wasn’t made for the millions,” Owens replied via Twitter . “It was made for the ones that matter.”Do the 49ers bounce back from Jimmy Garoppolo’s injury in Week 4? It’s been quite a week for the San Francisco 49ers organization and its fans. Jimmy Garoppolo saw his season come to an end with a torn ACL, and at times it feels like going through the five steps of the grieving process.We’ve seen head coach Kyle Shanahan working his way through this process in his media interviews. On Monday, he talked about how it was tough to wake up that morning after the injury. On Wednesday, he had moved on to, “[t]his happens a lot,” and after you’re down about it, “when you come in today it’s time to get ready for the next game,” and of course, “[t]here’s not time to sit here and feel sorry for ourselves. It’s time to step it up and win some games.” By Thursday evening on a KNBR interview, he sounded a little more fired up and ready to go for Sunday.I don’t imagine it is that simple for 49ers fans, but I do know we have opinions all over the place on the future of the team. And confidence is certainly low at the moment.But with 13 games remaining, where do people see this season ending up? I don’t imagine many people expect the team to compete for a playoff spot, but I’m sure there are some folks who are ready to jump on the C.J. Beathard train. And on the other end, some folks might be fully expecting no more than three or four wins.This weekend, the 49ers travel to face the Los Angeles Chargers. The Chargers offense has been putting up some big numbers, but sits at 1-2 thanks to a bad defense. Joey Bosa remains out Marquise Goodwin Jersey , and is not expected back for a few more weeks at the earliest. The defense still has solid pieces like safety Derwin James, edge rusher Melvin Ingram, and linebacker Denzel Perryman, but the group has struggled in a big way.The 49ers were projected to be a 4.5 point underdog in this game, but Garoppolo’s injury swung the line considerably. Virtually all sportsbooks are holding this game at Chargers -10 or -10.5, according to OddsShark. You can find 11.5, but for the most part it’s 10 or 10.5. And while the 49ers have problems in front of them, I am actually considering using one of my five picks in the SuperContest on the 49ers.61 percent of online bettors are laying the points with the Chargers, and 72 percent of bettors at William Hill’s 100+ sportsbooks are on the Chargers. It’s not at all surprising given the injury, but the past couple weeks have been rough for the public. I look at Sunday’s matchup as one that could end up being a lot closer than the public thinks.Our weekly FanPulse survey suggests 49ers fans think this is one where the team has a chance to cover. The survey went out early this week with the point spread listed at 10. The group of voters (sign up to join our FanPulse survey) went in aggregate see the 49ers losing by seven points. I don’t know if that’s just homerism or what, but a cover does not seem all that crazy to me given how the NFL operates.C.J. Beathard is a downgrade from Jimmy Garoppolo, but with a year and a half under his belt working with Kyle Shanahan puts him in position to be better equipped than he was a year ago. The 49ers are still working to upgrade their skill positions, but overall this group appears to provide better options than when Beathard first moved into the starting lineup. If the offensive line can hold up and Beathard can show himself to be more decisive than last year, the 49ers offense could make some things happen against a bad Chargers defense.On the other side of the ball, Philip Rivers faces a secondary that is particularly banged up. Richard Sherman won’t play, Jaquiski Tartt has sat out two straight days of practice after missing last week’s game, and Adrian Colbert is not 100 percent after a hip injury. The Chargers pass protection ranks No. 9 in adjusted sack rate, while the 49ers pass rush ranks No. 23 in adjusted sack rate.The lack of pass rush with injuries in the secondary is not a recipe for success, but I think we’ll see more than expected from the 49ers offense to keep this game close. And if you don’t want to bet the game, I’d say take the over on the 46 point total.

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