Chad Owens

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Chad Owens
No. 2     Toronto Argonauts
Chad Owens, during practice session, Sept. 2012.
Date of birth: (1982-04-03) April 3, 1982 (age 33)
Place of birth: Honolulu, Hawaii
Career information
Status: Active
CFL status: International
Position(s): WR/KR
Height: 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight: 180 lb (82 kg)
College: Hawaii
NFL Draft: 2005 / Round: 6 / Pick: 185
Drafted by: Jacksonville Jaguars
As player:

Jacksonville Jaguars
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jacksonville Jaguars
Colorado Crush
Montreal Alouettes
Toronto Argonauts

*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014
CFL East All-Star: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Career stats
Playing stats at
Playing stats at

Chad Owens (born April 3, 1982) is a professional American, Canadian and Arena football wide receiver and kick returner for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. He was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the sixth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at Hawaiʻi.

Owens has also been a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Colorado Crush.

Early years[edit]

Chad Owens attended Roosevelt High School in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, and he was a three sport letterwinner and star in football, basketball, and track. In football, as a senior, he was an All-OIA white division selection, and an All-State honorable mention. As a sophomore, he garnered first team All-OIA Red Division honors, and All-State honorable-mention accolades. He was also a basketball star and as a senior, he led his team to the OIA state basketball championship. He is currently married to Rena Owens, with whom he has three children - Chad Jr., Areana, and Sierra-Lynn.[1]

College career[edit]

Owens became a bigger star after joining the University of Hawaiʻi football team as a wide receiver, punt returner and kick returner. He became the featured receiver in June Jones's Run & Shoot offense, and became the number one receiver for quarterback Timmy Chang. Owens was instrumental on the Warriors teams that won both the Hawaiʻi Bowl in 2003 and 2004 by beating the University of Houston and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

  • Hawaiʻi's all-time career yardage leader with 5,461 all-purpose yards
  • Gained 3,031 receiving yards (6th in school history) and 29 touchdowns (5th) in 44 games,
  • Awarded the Mosi Tatupu Award for best Special Teams Player in 2004

College Stats (NCAA Division I FBS)[edit]

Year Team Conference Receptions Receiving Yards Yards per Reception Receiving Touchdowns
2001 Hawaii Rainbow Warriors WAC 5 57 11.4 1
2002 Hawaii Rainbow Warriors WAC 47 550 11.7 2
2003 Hawaii Rainbow Warriors WAC 85 1,134 13.3 9
2004 Hawaii Rainbow Warriors WAC 102 1,290 12.6 17
TOTAL 239 3,031 12.7 29

Professional career[edit]

Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

Owens was cut by the Jacksonville Jaguars after his NFL debut against the Indianapolis Colts where he muffed 3 punts. He was re-signed to the Jaguars' practice squad a few days later.

Playing with the Jaguars in his first pre-season game of the 2006 season, Owens caught a 62-yard pass and made his first NFL touchdown.

Owens was signed to the Jaguars' practice squad Nov 8, 2007 and moved to the active roster Dec 28, 2007. He played in the regular-season finale at Houston, but misplayed a punt in the 42-28 loss. Owens was again waived by the Jaguars as of January 11, 2008.

Colorado Crush[edit]

After the let downs Owens was released by his Sports Agents and signed with well known Sports Agent Richard "Bruno" Burnoski who revived his career by signing a contract with the Colorado Crush of the Arena Football League. Owens quickly became the showcase player for the Crush and was getting heavy interest by NFL teams when he tore his ACL.

Montreal Alouettes[edit]

On July 14, 2009, Owens signed a practice roster agreement with the Montreal Alouettes. He was released on October 1. He was re-signed to the practice roster on October 8.

Toronto Argonauts[edit]

On June 24, 2010, the Toronto Argonauts acquired Owens from the Alouettes after a long battle between the team and his agent Richard "Bruno" Burnoski who insisted they release his client and somehow was able to broker a deal between the Argos and Alouettes. The Argonauts got Owens in exchange for a fourth round pick in the 2011 CFL Draft.[2]

On November 25, 2010, Owens was named the most outstanding special teams player in the Canadian Football League for the 2010 season.[3] Owens was a unanimous selection after leading the CFL in punt, kickoff, missed field goal returns and all-purpose yards and finishing tied for the league lead in return touchdowns (four). He became just the fifth player in league history to have over 1,000 punt and kick return yards in a season. In his second full season in Toronto Chad became the first player in professional football to record at least 3,000 combined yards in back to back seasons. Owens agent Richard "Bruno" Burnoski was able to leverage the Argonauts and negotiate a blockbuster deal that would keep Owens in Toronto for years to come with the exception of an NFL clause. Argos General Manager Jim Barker would later say in a press conference that they were excited to have Owens as the face of their franchise and did a long term deal so that Owens persistent agent would "just go away for a while"!

On November 1, 2012, in the final regular season game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Owens set the all-time record for all-purpose yards in a single season, surpassing Pinball Clemons' 1997 total of 3,840 yards. Owens did so with a 29-yard kickoff return halfway through the 2nd quarter. He finished the season with 3863 all-purpose yards, setting not only a CFL record, but also a professional football record as well. The deals was reported to approach $200,000 per year with negotiated perks including travel tickets to Hawaii and $5,000 per month in the Off Season to workout.

On November 22, 2012, Chad won the CFL Most Outstanding Player Award finishing ahead of Calgary Stampeders running back Jon Cornish in voting conducted by the Football Reporters of Canada as well as the eight CFL head coaches. On November 25, 2012, Chad and his Argonauts finished the 2012 season with the 100th Grey Cup Championship. Owens was rated the best player in the league on the TSN Top 50 players of 2012. On June 8 2013 the Argos and Owens agreed to a 2-year contract extension. The deal is expected to make Owens the highest paid non-quarterback in the league's history! .[4]

On January 2015, Owens and his family moved from Hawaii to Canada full-time, residing in Mississauga, Ontario.[5]

Career Stats (AFL)[edit]

Year Team Receptions Receiving Yards Yards per Reception Receiving Touchdowns
2008 Colorado Crush 61 640 10.5 10

Career Stats (CFL)[edit]

Year Team Receptions Receiving Yards Yards per Reception Longest Reception Receiving Touchdowns
2009 Montreal Alouettes 1 10 10 10 0
2010 Toronto Argonauts 46 576 12.5 63 3
2011 Toronto Argonauts 70 722 10.3 48 0
2012 Toronto Argonauts 94 1,328 14.1 60 6
2013 Toronto Argonauts 94 979 10.4 37 2
2014 Toronto Argonauts 86 989 11.5 69 7
TOTAL 391 4,604 11.8 69 18

MMA Career[edit]

In the off-season following the 2012 CFL season, Owens decided to pursue MMA as a form of off-season training. Argos GM Jim Barker openly expressed his displeasure with Owens fighting in MMA, and was quoted as saying, "I think he's making a bad decision, our organization thinks he's making a bad decision". On April 6 2013 Owens defeated Junya Tevaga by unanimous decision. The organization that oversaw the fight was Destiny MMA.[6]


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