As part of UTC’s 125th anniversary and UT’s 50th anniversary of desegregation, UTC recognized several individuals for their achievements and contributions to community and society at the UTC African American Alumni Achievement Dinner held in the Bessie Smith Hall on November 21, 2011. NFL Wide Receiver, Terrell Owens was honored with the African American Alumni Achievement Award in Athletics.
Terrell Owens played football and basketball and ran track during his years at UTC. Owens was drafted into the NFL and has played for the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, Buffalo Bills, and Cincinnati Bengals. During his illustrious pro football career, he has earned Six Pro-Bowl appearances, was named first–team All Pro by the Associated Press five times, and was the second NFL player to record five seasons with 13 or more touchdowns. Owens is also known for his philanthropic leadership, establishing the Catch A Dream Foundation, a non-profit organization to help underprivileged families and children. He is also an active supporter for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Alzheimer Association. Additionally, Owens is a successful author, with his children’s book “Little T Learns to Share” and “Finding Fitness,” in which he offers insight into his health and exercise regime. Owens can also be seen as the star of his own reality television program, “The T.O. Show.” Currently, in its third season, the show averages 1.5 million viewers weekly.
Accepting his Award
Star Studded Film Just Accepted Into the American Black Film Festival
ABFF, July 6-9, Miami
Los Angels, CA (June 15, 2011) – NFL Superstar, Terrell Owens will make his big screen debut in Dysfunctional Friends, a film that is now one of five films being showcased in the American Black Film Festival, competing in the Narrative Features category of the festival this July in Miami. The film, which is set to be officially released later this year, is a comedy/ drama about a group of college friends who reunite after the sudden death of their larger then life friend Dennis (Keith Robinson). In addition to Terrell Owens, the flick boasts an all star cast of Meagan Good, Stacey Dash, Tatyana Ali, Essence Atkins, Vanessa Simmons, Erica Hubbard, Hosea Sanchez, Wesley Jonathan, Jason Weaver, Datari Turner, Reagan Gomez, Persia White, Stacy Keibler, Rodney Jerkins, Dennis White, Antwon Tanner, Meagan Markle, Christian Keys, and Laila Odom.
“I am grateful to be making my film debut with such an illustrious cast of actors. To be able to work & learn from these immensely talented actors I count as one of my greatest experiences. I am thrilled that our film is now being screened at the American Black Film Festival this summer,” said Terrell Owens.
Dysfunctional Friends was written and directed by newcomer and Howard Alum Corey Grant. The producers are Datari Turner (Video Girl, Another Happy Day, L.U.V) and Greg Carter (American Dream).
The addition of Terrell Owens to the cast of Dysfunctional Friends was a major story line in the latest season of the hit series "The T.O. Show" on VH1 which chronicles the sports superstar’s life away from the gridiron. It will premiere with its third season in August 2011.
For more information on Terrell Owens projects, please log on to www.terrellowens.com or contact Diana Bianchini, Di Moda Public Relations, 310.288.0077