Thursday, August 21, 2014
MNF moments, No. 18: T.O.'s Sharpie
By John Parolin, ESPN Stats & Info
To celebrate the 45th season of "Monday Night Football," a panel of ESPN.com contributors has selected the 45 most memorable moments in MNF history. Follow along as we reveal one per day and count down to this season's MNF debut.
No. 18: 49ers 28, Seahawks 21 | Oct. 14, 2002
That had to be awkward for Greg Eastman, right? Financial advisor to both star San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Terrell Owens and top Seattle Seahawks cornerback Shawn Springs, Eastman was sitting in Springs' luxury suite at Seahawks Stadium (now CenturyLink Field) the night of the infamous Sharpie incident.
After Owens caught a 37-yard touchdown pass from Jeff Garcia over Springs for what was the game-winning touchdown, the receiver pulled a pen out of his sock, autographed the ball and got it to Eastman, who was sitting in the burned cornerback's suite.
Owens had promised Eastman all of it before the game, and seconds before that series began Owens asked his training staff for the Sharpie.
The incident was another in a long line of Owens' antics, including posing on the Dallas Cowboys' star at midfield, throwing a fan's popcorn into his helmet, borrowing a cheerleader's pompoms and the most-covered driveway workout in sports history. But celebration generally follows accomplishment, and Owens' six catches for 84 yards and two touchdowns on this Monday night helped San Francisco notch a division win.