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R. C. Owens

Raleigh C. Owens (born November 12, 1934 in Shreveport, Louisiana) is a former professional American football wide receiver from 1957 through 1964. Owens graduated from high school in Santa Monica, California and attended the College of Idaho (where his roommate was Elgin Baylor) and played amateur basketball with the Seattle-based Buchan Bakers the year after their national championship.

Owens then joined the 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. This play was essentially a jump ball were Tittle would throw the ball high in the air in the end zone like a jump ball and Owens would go up and get it. Owens was known for his jumping ability and once blocked a field goal by jumping up at the cross bar and knocking it down. Owens' best year by far was 1961 when he gained over 1000 yards receiving.


  1. History of the Buchan Bakers
  2. Discussion of the term "alley oop" with citations of references to Owens

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