Date: October 14, 2002
Matchup: 49ers at Seahawks
Terrell Owens scored a touchdown, took out a Sharpie, signed his name on the ball, and gave it to a fan. Big whoop, right? Wrong! The various different levels of burn on this celebration are what make it so memorable. Yes, Owens did whip out a Sharpie and signed the ball. But, prior to the game, the 49ers wide receiver promised his financial adviser Greg Eastman that he would not only score a TD, but that he would give him an autographed pigskin during the contest.
When that promise turned out to actually come true, Owens signed the football and handed it over to Eastman, who was coincidentally sitting in the luxury box of Shawn Springs—a.k.a. the guy who T.O. burned for that exact touchdown. Still, Springs took it in stride. “I officially fired my financial planner that he gave the ball to,'” Springs said jokingly after the game. “I would have done the same thing.”