Chad Owens

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Chad Owens
ChadOwensArgos.jpg
Chad Owens, during practice session, Sept. 2012.
No. 2     Toronto Argonauts
Wide receiver, Kick returner
Personal information
Date of birth: (1982-04-03) April 3, 1982 (age 31)
Place of birth: Honolulu, Hawai'i
Height: 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)Weight: 180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
College: Hawaii
NFL Draft: 2005 / Round: 6 / Pick: 185
Debuted in 2005 for the Jacksonville Jaguars
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active Roster
CFL status: Import
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at CFL.ca
 
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Chad Owens
ChadOwensArgos.jpg
Chad Owens, during practice session, Sept. 2012.
No. 2     Toronto Argonauts
Wide receiver, Kick returner
Personal information
Date of birth: (1982-04-03) April 3, 1982 (age 31)
Place of birth: Honolulu, Hawai'i
Height: 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)Weight: 180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
College: Hawaii
NFL Draft: 2005 / Round: 6 / Pick: 185
Debuted in 2005 for the Jacksonville Jaguars
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active Roster
CFL status: Import
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at CFL.ca

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.

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]

Owens played for the Colorado Crush of the Arena Football League.

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 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.

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.

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.[4]

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.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Davidson, Neil (November 2, 2012). "Owens sets pro football all-purpose yards mark". Sympatico.ca. Retrieved November 2, 2012. 
  2. ^ http://www.cfl.ca/article/argos-make-a-deal-with-the-alouettes Argos make a deal with the Alouettes
  3. ^ http://www.cfl.ca/video?id=15921#show_video
  4. ^ Signed a contract extension with the Argos
  5. ^ http://www.cfl.ca/article/owens-comes-out-victorious-unscathed-in-mma-debut Owens win MMA fight

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