R. C. Owens

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R. C. Owens
Date of birth (1934-11-12)November 12, 1934
Place of birth Shreveport, Louisiana
Date of death June 17, 2012(2012-06-17) (aged 77)
Place of death Manteca, California
Career information
Position(s) Wide receiver
College College of Idaho
NFL draft 1956 / Round: 14 / Pick: 160
Career history
As player
1957–1961 San Francisco 49ers
1962–1963 Baltimore Colts
1964 New York Giants
Career highlights and awards
Career stats

Raleigh Climon Owens (November 12, 1934 – June 17, 2012) was a professional American football wide receiver 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.

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: Blogging the NFL Rule Book