You know, when T.O. left the Niners, it was on bad terms. he whined and cried, threw people under the bus, and the biggest no-no of all, suggested that Bill Walsh didnt know what he was talking about when he stated that "Owens needs to work on his hands. he drops too many passes".
He was sent packing to BAL, but he threw a huge fit, and we had to nix the deal and get even less for him from Philly. Brandon Whiting and a 5th rounder i think? anyways, the whole divorce was ugly.
However, if you look back at his career, the 49ers are the team he did most of his HOF damage with. by far the most rec., rec. yards, TD's, 4 of his 6 pro bowls, etc with us. If they had to pick one team to represent him in the HOF someday, it would be the 49ers easily (even though they dont do that in Canton).
Hes kind of been the forgotten Niner. mainly remembered for being a jerk and a showboat, when he put up a HOF career with us, and making one of the most memorable catches in 49er history in the 1998 WC round against GB.
I was bitter at him for leaving and being the way he was, but now i think its time to let it go. hes a 49ers HOF WR, and someday maybe we retire number 81. (it sounds weird, but we retired Dwight Clark's 87, and Owens has a far better Niner career than Clark)
on a side note, i miss Joe Starkey...
[ Edited by Niners99 on Feb 7, 2011 at 01:53:26 ]