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