Owens to give Hall of Fame speech at alma mater

Former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens, shown in this Feb. 3 file photo, announced on Tuesday where he will be to celebrate his Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement.Photo Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports (file photo)

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Terrell Owens announced on Tuesday that he will return to his alma mater of the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga to celebrate his Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement on Aug. 4.

Owens caused a stir last month by declaring that he would not be in attendance for the festivities in Canton, Ohio.

“After giving it much thought I have realized just how much I want to celebrate what will inevitably be the best weekend of my life at a place that means so much to me,” the 44-year-old Owens wrote on Twitter.

“… I’m proud to be a Moc, and I’m honored to share this experience with my family, friends, teammates and fans at the place that provided me an opportunity beyond high school and where I truly began to find myself as an athlete. Thank you to everyone who has supported my celebration decision. I look forward to seeing you all in Chattanooga. Getcha popcorn ready!”

Owens announced that he will deliver his speech at the free event on campus at McKenzie Arena. The event is scheduled to begin at 3:17 p.m. ET, with TMZ reporting the significance of the exact time represents Owens being the 317th player to enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Canton begins at 7 p.m.

Owens did not reveal if his former wide receivers coach, George Stewart, will be on hand for his speech in Chattanooga.

A finalist for the past three years, Owens was selected for enshrinement in the Class of 2018 along with linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher, wide receiver Randy Moss and safety Brian Dawkins. They will be joined by Bobby Beathard (contributor) and seniors committee nominees Jerry Kramer and Robert Brazile.

Although he gained much notoriety for on-field antics and clashes with teammates and coaches, Owens put up sparkling numbers during his NFL career.

A six-time Pro Bowl selection, Owens resides second in career receiving yards (15,934), third in receiving touchdowns (153) and eighth in receptions with 1,078. He played for the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals.

Owens played at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga from 1992-95 and had 133 receptions for 2,320 yards and 19 touchdowns. He ranks second all-time in career receiving yards and third in touchdown catches at the school.

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