Apparently, all those burned bridges have stopped smoldering.
Terrell Owens, who left San Francisco spewing venom and laying siege to the 49ers organization nearly a decade ago, will be back at Candlestick Park on Sunday, the team announced. Owens, 39, will serve as the team's honorary game captain and is on hand to celebrate one of the top 10 moments at Candlestick Park, which is due to be razed after this season.
Owens' moment, known in 49ers lore as The Catch II, came in 1999 when he hauled in a last-minute, 25-yard touchdown between Packers defenders to beat Green Bay in the NFC Wildcard Playoffs. Owens is the team's second-most prolific receiver and ranks behind Jerry Rice in touchdowns (83), receptions (592), receiving yards (8,572), 100-yard receiving games (25), and 1,000-yard receiving seasons (5) .
He also left the organization hurling insults at the quarterback who threw him most of those touchdowns, Jeff Garcia, and burning enough bridges that high-ranking team executives vowed he'd never be welcomed back. Owens seems like a shoo-in for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and it will be interesting to see which team - he's played for five organizations - will represent him when he joins.
The 49ers faced Owens twice since he was traded to the Eagles in 2004. He never played at Candlestick Park since leaving.
-- Matt Barrows