Born on December 7, 1973 in Alexander City, Alabama, Terrell Owens is an American football wide receiver for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League. He is a six-time NFL All-Star and currently holds the record for the league single-game reception record. Owens is also very controversial and is known for his flamboyant touchdown celebrations, earning him fines and his penalties for his end zone theatrics.
Growing up, Owens enjoyed watching football and counted Jerry Rice as his favorite player. He attended Benjamin Russell High School, where he excelled in football, baseball, and basketball. He then went to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he played basketball and ran track. He became a starter during his sophomore year, later on holding the record for the single season receptions record at Tennessee-Chattanooga. Owens was drafted by the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers during the third round. In 2009, he signed a one-year $6.5 million deal with the Buffalo Bills.
In 2004, Owens appeared in a skit with Nicollette Sheridan of Desperate Housewives to open that evening’s Monday Night Football telecast. The skit was criticized for being sexually suggestive, something ABC had to apologize later on for. Another controversy arose in 2006, when Atlanta Falcons cornerback DeAngelo Hall claimed that Owens spat in his face, which the latter confirmed.