Owens in July 2008
|Date of birth:||December 7, 1973|
|Place of birth:||Alexander City, Alabama|
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||225 lb (102 kg)|
|High school:||Alexander City (AL) Russell|
|NFL Draft:||1996 / Round: 3 / Pick: 89|
San Francisco 49ers (1996â€“2003)
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
6Ã— Pro Bowl (2000â€“2004, 2007)
|Career NFL statistics|
I wanted a NBA basketball gym at my house and that's what I worked hard for and I was able to achieve that.
I may be a public figure, but really, I'm just like a guy who could be in your family and have some difficult things happen to him.
Instead of me having a breakdown, I'm focusing on me having a breakthrough.
People forget that I'm a human being, just because I play a sport that everybody loves. We're human. We're not invincible. We share the same feelings and emotions that people on the outside feel. I don't think people really understand that.
I'm not gonna waste your time, so I wouldn't expect you to waste my time.
There are things players go through on an everyday basis in the business of football. You don't see it all with the glitz and glamour of game day.
Some people are too prideful to go out and reach out to people to help them in that situation because it's just such a dark time.
I didn't know who my daddy was until I was 10 or 12. Surprising as it may seem, he was living right across the street.
Everything that I've gone through since the end of 2010, from me finding out about my financial adviser stealing, mismanaging my money – that affected everything, from child support, mortgages, to me having to sell my properties, me being in and out of court trying to modify my child support. It's a lot to deal with at one time.
Life and death. At some point we're gonna leave this world. Do I know when? Absolutely not.
I don't have no friends. I don't want no friends. That's how I feel.
I think people change, but the media, they never allowed me to change. They never allowed me to be a better person.
A lot of emotional stress that people go through, some people figure out a way to handle it. They have a strong enough support system to keep going and keep moving forward. And some people, they feel like they don't have that outlet.
I feel like with me being a big part of any offense, then the numbers are going to come.
I've sustained a meniscus injury, shortly after that I sustained an ACL injury so really just going through that and going through some personal issues, personal problems within myself.
You never know what a person is going through, regardless of how much money they make or however great a life you think they're living.
I just feel like I know what I bring to the game. Very confident in what I do.
A lot of people think I'm stuck up. Pretty much that I'm arrogant. I only do that when I'm on the field.
I feel like football players are overworked and underpaid compared to any other sports.
I think at some point during the course of the game, I will have an impact – whether it's blocking or whether it's catching the football.
A lot of people have to deal with the feeling that their worlds are caving in.