UT-04: Burgess Owens (R)
Burgess Owens is a former University of Miami and NFL star. He spent his childhood growing up in the Deep South. As the third Black American granted a scholarship to play football at the University of Miami, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology/Chemistry.
During his college career, Owens was named to Who’s Who Among College Students in American Universities and Colleges. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame of Outstanding College Athletes of America and later to the University of Miami’s Hall of Fame and the Orange Bowl Ring of Honor.
Following college, Owens was the 13th player drafted in the 1st round by the New York Jets. He was selected that year as the Jets’ Rookie of the Year and to the NFL’s All-Rookie team.
Since retiring from the NFL, he has devoted his time to mentoring. He founded Second Chance 4 Youth; a Utah based non-profit organization dedicated to helping troubled and incarcerated youth.
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