SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Leave it to Candlestick Park to reunite the San Francisco 49ers and Terrell Owens.
The team announced Friday that the enigmatic, controversial retired receiver will be an honorary captain for the 49ers’ game against Carolina on Sunday. Owens will be part of the the top 10 moments in Candlestick Park history. It’s been a season-long celebration during the team’s final season at the stadium. The 49ers are moving 40 miles south to a new stadium in Santa Clara (adjacent to the team’s headquarters) next season.
The team will recognize Owens' last-minute 25-yard touchdown catch from Steve Young in a playoff victory against Green Bay in the 1998 playoffs. The play is remembered as “The Catch II” in 49ers' lore. "The Catch," of course, was a Joe Montana-to-Dwight Clark connection to that sent the 49ers to their first Super Bowl in 1982. It kick-started a dynasty for the franchise.
Owens' catch didn’t quite have the lingering affect on the franchise, but it was the zenith of sometimes rocky stint in San Francisco for Owens. He was traded to the Eagles in 2004.
But Sunday, in Owens’ final curtain call at Candlestick, all will be well.
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