saying the controversial receiver is more than deserving to get in the Hall of Fame this year.
TMZ Sports spoke with Jeff Garcia -- who played 5 seasons with T. on the 49ers -- and while it wasn't always smooth sailin' between the guys, Garcia says the off-field drama should NOT keep Owens out of Canton.
Those critics, along with "many NFL owners and league executives," Owens wrote in his 2004 autobiography Catch This!
: "don't know where I came from or what I believe in.
The Falcons selected former Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley with the No. "I know I'm going to learn a lot from him and become a better player.