53 Days: A Look Back at All-Big Ten Mel Owens

With 53 Days until Kickoff, we take a look back at All-Big Ten Conference Player, Mel Owens

  • Born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Played linebacker from 1977 until 1980
  • Started all 12 games in 1979
  • He made 42 tackles with 26 assists in the 1979 season
  • Contribute to the 1980 team that went 10-2(finished 4th in the AP and UPI poll)
  • He made 52 tackles, 37 assists, and one interception during the 1980 season
  • Was named All-Big Ten Conference in 1980
  • Final stats tallied to be 125 tackles, 79 assists, and three interceptions
  • Drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the first round(9th pick overall) of the 1981 NFL Draft
  • He had a reported 4.65 in the 40 yard dash and bench pressed 380 pounds
  • His first two seasons were on special teams, not making an appearance for the defense until the end of the 1982 season
  • Became a full time started by the 1983 season once their scheme was switched to a 3-4 base
  • In 1983, he was fifth on the team with 83 tackles and four sacks
  • He moved up to third in tackles for the team with 79 tackles, 3.5 sacks, one interception, and three fumble recoveries in 1984
  • Was honorable mentioned All-Pro by the Associated Press in 1986
  • Made NFL Player of the Week in 1986
  • NFL career ran from 1983 until 1987. In that time, he totaled 453 tackles and 26.5 sacks
Life After Football
  • Had his own clothing line called “Evolution Wear”
  • Created a nationwide restaurant reservation hotline called 1-800-LETS-EAT
  • Graduated from the University of California and Hastings College of Law, while making the California bar in 2003
  • Became a founding partner of Namanny, Byrne, and Owens in Laguna Hills, CA., where they specialize in workers compensation, sports law, sports injuries, and disability benefits.

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TWD Staff

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