Terrell Owens makes an appearance at the March Madness game in Chattanooga, Illinois


Expect the unexpected they say when it comes to March Madness.

With parentheses busted through upsets and game winners, any college basketball fan would tell you that’s just the norm.

But fans didn’t expect to see one of the NFL’s greatest wide receivers, Terrell Owens, shake some pom poms with cheerleaders while cheering on the Chattanooga men’s basketball team, reported by Philadelphia Inquirer.

Owens made a surprise visit to PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh to support his alma mater Chattanooga, as they faced Illinois in a March Madness first-round game.

Pictures on Twitter captures the Hall of Famer in the spirit of the school, shaking a pair of pom poms in unison with the Chattanooga Mocs cheerleaders on the sidelines.

It was a real moment from Owens who recalled when he waved a pair of pom poms during a touchdown celebration back in the days of the San Francisco 49ers.

But the cheerleading show was more of a bittersweet moment, as Chattanooga would end up losing to Illinois, 54-53, in a thrilling march madness first round game.

Owens attended Chattanooga from 1993 to 1996. In college, the six-time Pro Bowler played football, basketball, and ran track. From there, he was drafted into the NFL as a third-round pick by the San Francisco 49ers.

Terrell Owens uses pom poms during the Chattanooga Mocs second half and Illinois Fighting Illini March Madness game at PPG PAINTS Arena on March 18, 2022.
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