Get your popcorn ready: Terrell Owens to face 49ers twice in 2012


Get your popcorn ready: Terrell Owens to face 49ers twice in 2012

Mark your calendars, uncap your Sharpies, find your pom-pomsand, yes, stock up on your Orville Redenbachers.On Oct. 18, nearly nine years after he left, Terrell Owenswill make his first return to Candlestick Park.Owens, who reportedly signed with the Seattle Seahawks on Monday, will play his first game in San Francisco since leaving the 49ers after the 2003season when the Seahawks come to Candlestick in Week 7.RELATED: Report: T.O. agrees to one-year deal with Seahawks
If youve studied the schedule closely, then you alreadyknow that means Owens homecoming will be in a Thursday game broadcastnationally in primetime.Would he have it any other way?Since taking off his scarlet and gold, Owens has faced the49ers just twice but to great success for the six-time Pro Bowler.Owens torched the 49ers for 143 receiving yards and twotouchdowns in a 42-3 Eagles beatdown in Philadelphiain 2005. On just the third play from scrimmage, Owens burned the coverage deepfor a 68-yard touchdown reception. He repeated the feat early in the secondquarter for a 42-yard score.Fast forwarding three years, Owens continued to stick it to the49ers as he helped the Cowboys top San Francisco 35-22 in a 2008 matchup in Dallas. Owens racked upseven receptions for 213 yards and a touchdown, the third-most receiving yardsin a game in his career. Owens second-quarter score gave the Cowboys a lead theywould never relinquish.Although with a sample size of just two games, Owens average of 178yards per game against the 49ers is his best against any team in the NFL.Owens will face the 49ers twice in 2012, the home game inWeek 7 followed by a Week 16 matchup in Seattle.It is hard to predict what we can expect from the 49ersthird-round selection in the 1996 NFL Draft.The 38-year-old hasnt played in the NFL since 2010,competing for the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League last season. Hecaught 35 passes for 420 yards with 10 touchdowns in eight games as a Wrangler.In 14 games with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2010, Owens picked up 983 receivingyards and nine touchdowns.Colin Becht is an intern for and a senior at Northwestern University.

49ers release Coffee after reinstating RB off retired list

49ers release Coffee after reinstating RB off retired list

Running back Glen Coffee, who walked away from the 49ers during training camp before his second NFL season, was reinstated Friday off the reserve-retired list.

As part of the same transaction wire released by the NFL office, the 49ers released Coffee, making him a free agent.

After seven seasons away from the game, Coffee is attempting a comeback, his agent told on Saturday.

“I can tell you, he’s in great shape,” agent Ray Oubre said. “The man doesn’t have a six-pack, he’s got a 12-pack. He’s been waiting for the right time to hopefully get a workout with someone and show what he can do.

“He had a calling, and right now he feels like it’s his time to show what he can do. He explained to me, ‘I can do things now that I couldn’t do when I was initially with the 49ers.’ That’s the kind of shape he’s in.”

Coffee, who turns 30 on May 1, was a third-round draft pick (No. 74 overall) of the 49ers in 2009. He was the sixth running back selected in that year's draft. Coffee appeared in 14 games as a rookie and carried 83 times for 226 yards and one touchdown. He also caught 11 passes for 78 yards.

During training camp the next year as his teammates were exiting the locker room for the practice field in August 2010, Coffee cut the tape from his shoes and left the team's Santa Clara practice facility. He later informed then-coach Mike Singletary of his decision to stop playing football. Coffee said he believed God had a bigger plan for him.

Coffee was a specialist in the Sixth Battalion of the Army Rangers after enlisting in 2013. He is no longer active, Oubre said.

“He’s been training several months,” Oubre said. “The rigors of the Army Rangers, he was already in shape. He’s taking it to another level now. He’s been training for more than four months.

“He feels like he served and now the time is right. He’s in a good place. He understands, you can’t play football forever and you can’t do any one thing forever. He’s in a place right now that he wants to use his God-given ability as a football player.”

Coffee turned pro after his junior season at Alabama. In his final college season, Coffee rushed for 1,383 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Coffee has been training under Johnny Jackson at JDPI Sports Performance in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Oubre said he will be in contact with all 32 NFL teams to see if there’s any interest in bringing in Coffee for workouts. He might also hold an open workout for any interested teams.

Sponsored by Harbaugh, Kap named one of Top 100 most influential people

Sponsored by Harbaugh, Kap named one of Top 100 most influential people

Former 49ers quarterback and current free agent Colin Kaepernick has been named one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People on Thursday. 

Each person named to the list is represented by a sponsor who then writes on why they are worthy of the honor. For Kaepernick, his former coach Jim Harbaugh wrote on him. 

Harbaugh coached Kaepernick for four seasons from 2011-2014. The two reached the Super Bowl together in the 2012 season. 

Other sports figures named to the list include Conor McGregor, Theo Epstein, LeBron James, Tom Brady, Simone Biles, and Neymar.

Kaepernick made national headlines this past season for his decision to first sit and then kneel during the national anthem as a fight against social injustices. 

Below is what Harbaugh wrote on Kaepernick's influence: 

Colin Kaepernick was alone in his early protests last year when he boldly and courageously confronted perceived inequalities in our social-justice system by refusing to stand for the national anthem. At times in our nation's history, we have been all too quick to judge and oppose our fellow Americans for exercising their First Amendment right to address things they believe unjust.

Rather than besmirch their character, we must celebrate their act. For we cannot pioneer and invent if we are fearful of deviating from the norm, damaging our public perception or—most important—harming our own personal interests.

I thank Colin for all he has contributed to the game of football as an outstanding player and trusted teammate. I also applaud Colin for the courage he has demonstrated in exercising his guaranteed right of free speech. His willingness to take a position at personal cost is now part of our American story.

How lucky for us all and for our country to have among our citizens someone as remarkable as Colin Kaepernick.