R. C. Owens

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R. C. Owens
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Personal information
Born:(1934-11-12)November 12, 1934
Shreveport, Louisiana
Died:June 17, 2012(2012-06-17) (aged 77)
Manteca, California
Career information
High school:Santa Monica
(Santa Monica, California)
College:College of Idaho
NFL Draft:1956 / Round: 14 / Pick: 160
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:3,285
Player stats at PFR

Raleigh Climon Owens (November 12, 1934 – June 17, 2012) was a professional American football end and halfback from 1957 through 1964. Owens graduated from Santa Monica High School in Santa Monica, California, and attended the College of Idaho (where his roommate and teammate was Elgin Baylor). He played amateur basketball with the Seattle-based Buchan Bakers the year after their national championship.[1]

Owens then joined the National Football League (NFL). He had his best years playing for the San Francisco 49ers, where he was noted for his "Alley Oop" receptions of quarterback Y. A. Tittle's passes. The Alley Oop was essentially a jump ball, where Tittle would throw the ball high in the air in the end zone, and Owens would jump up and get it. The tall, long-armed Owens was known for his jumping ability; he once blocked a field goal by jumping up at the cross bar and knocking it down.[2] The next season, "goal tending" was made illegal.[3] Owens's best year by far was 1961, when he gained over 1,000 yards receiving.

Owens played four games for the 1961-1962 San Francisco Saints of the American Basketball League. [1]

He died on June 17, 2012.[4][5]


  1. ^ History of the Buchan Bakers
  2. ^ Discussion of the term "alley oop" with citations of references to Owens
  3. ^ Yahoo Sports: former 49ers receiver, executive dies at age 78
  4. ^ Los Angeles Times: R.C. Owens obituary
  5. ^ Quirky Research: Palpably unfair acts