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Loren Everett (Steve) Owens
Date of birth: December 9, 1947 (1947-12-09) (age 62)
Place of birth: Gore, Oklahoma
Career information
Position(s): Running Back
College: Oklahoma
NFL Draft: 1970 / Round: 1 / Pick: 19
 As player:
1970-1974 Detroit Lions
Career highlights and awards
Pro Bowls: 1
Awards: 1969 Heisman Trophy
Playing stats at
College Football Hall of Fame

Steve Everett Owens (born December 9, 1947 in Gore, Oklahoma), raised in Miami, Oklahoma, was the 1969 Heisman Trophy winner. Owens was the second Oklahoma Sooners player to win the Heisman Trophy, after Billy Vessels, and preceding Sam Bradford, Jason White and Billy Sims. He is the school's all time scorer with fifty-five touchdowns, and is third most on its career rushing chart with 4,041 yards. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions with their first round pick in the 1970 NFL Draft. In 1971, he became the first Lion to rush for over a thousand yards and made the Pro Bowl. However in 1975, Owens was forced to retire after a series of knee injuries had plagued him for the four seasons during 1972-1975. He served as Director of Athletics at the University of Oklahoma for several years during the 1990s.

In 2006, a bronze statue of Owens was dedicated on the University of Oklahoma campus in Heisman Park, commemorating his 1969 award. He was also a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity at the University of Oklahoma.


Preceded by
O.J. Simpson
Heisman Trophy Winner
Succeeded by
Jim Plunkett


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