Burgess Owens

Burgess Owens (Congress) Bio, Wiki, Age, Wife, Daughters, Net Worth

Burgess Owens Biography

Burgess Owens is an American retired football safety who played ten seasons in the National Football League for the New York Jets and the Oakland Raiders. Owens is a frequent commentator on Fox News and the Republican nominee for Utah’s 4th congressional district in the 2020 election.

NFL Football

The New York Jets picked Owens as their 13th overall selection in the 1973 NFL Draft. In his debut season, he made a remarkable 82-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against the Denver Broncos on October 28.

This marked the sole instance of the Jets scoring a touchdown through a kickoff return throughout the 1970s. Owens played as a consistent starter for the Jets during the majority of the 1970s and later contributed to the Raiders’ Super Bowl XV victory in 1980.


Burgess made Herriman, Utah his home in 2012. He is the founder, a board member, and CEO of Second Chance 4 Youth, a non-profit organization committed to aiding troubled and incarcerated youth.

In November 2019, Owens declared his candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives in Utah’s 4th congressional district. He entered the 2020 Republican primary as one of four contenders, securing victory and becoming the Republican nominee. His next challenge would be facing Democratic incumbent Ben McAdams in the upcoming general election.

During a Republican primary debate on June 1, 2020, Owens voiced his view that Democrats in Washington were influenced by Marxists and socialists, whom he portrayed as adversaries of the United States. He expressed a shift from the era of Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neill, suggesting that the nation was now contending with individuals who held animosity towards their own country.

Owens also voiced his support for repealing the Affordable Care Act and his endorsement of President Donald Trump. On June 30, 2020, Owens emerged victorious in the primary with 43% of the vote, defeating Utah State Representative Kim Coleman by a significant twenty-point margin. His next triumph came against the opponent KSL.

Burgess Owens Age

Burgess is 72 years old as of 2023, He was born on August 2, 1951, in Colombus, Ohio. Burgess celebrates his birthday on August 1.

Burgess Owens Height

Burgess stands at a tall height of 6 feet 2 inches (1.88m) with a weight of 90Kg (199 lbs).

Burgess Owens Family

Burgess was born and brought up in Colombus, Ohio. His family later moved to Tallahassee, Florida, where Owens’ father taught as a college professor. Owens was raised in a Baptist home.


Burgess graduated from Rickards High School in Tallahassee, Florida, in 1969. He was one of four African-American players who were integrated onto a football team at a white high school.

Owens was the third of four black athletes recruited to play at the University of Miami and the third black student to earn a scholarship. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and chemistry from the University of Miami.

Burgess Owens Wife | Daughter

Burgess was married to his wife Josie Owens for 34 years before the decades-long marriage ended in divorce. Out of the more than three-decade marriage, Owens had six children. It is not clear if he has since remarried.

Burgess Owens Net Worth

Burgess has an estimated net worth of $15 million as of 2020. He has amassed this amount from his former career as an NFL player and also and a FOX News political contributor.

Burgess Owens Republican

Owens is a steadfast Republican who has consistently backed Donald Trump. His support for the President dates back to Trump’s first run for office in 2016, and Owens continues to stand by him for a potential second term.

While Owens maintains his allegiance to Trump, he has faced criticism from those who oppose the President. Some critics argue that supporting Trump is contradictory, considering the challenges Owens’s father endured during his early years.

Burgess Owens Politics

Burgess Owen’s political evolution is notable; he transitioned from being a self-described “cocky liberal” during his NFL days to a more “humbled and appreciative conservative.” Today, he firmly identifies as very conservative.

In June 2019, Owens, an African American, voiced his opposition to a congressional bill supporting reparations for slavery during a testimony before a House Committee on the Judiciary subcommittee.

Owens is also critical of national anthem protests and has been vocal about his disagreement with Colin Kaepernick. Additionally, in November 2019, he referred to Donald Trump as a supporter of black Americans. He frequently appears as a guest contributor on Fox News.

Burgess Owens Book

Media Matters accused Burgess of plagiarism, alleging that he directly copied passages and phrases from various sources without providing proper credit to the original authors. These concerns arose following the release of his book titled “Why I Stand: From Freedom to the Killing Fields of Socialism.” Among the materials in question were sections apparently borrowed from sources like Wikipedia.  In his defense, Owens argued that:

“Every single thing they (Media Matters) showed was referenced. I was very careful to make sure that anything I did – I mean, I’m not an expert at journalism, I’m a biology major – but I knew one thing that if I took someone else, I made sure I referenced.”

Burgess Owens Salary

Documents filed with the House show Owens taking a salary of $70,000 a year from his foundation as well as income from his books and speaking engagements.

Burgess Owens On Fox

Owens, a retired NFL player with a Super Bowl win under his belt, enjoyed a decade-long career with the New York Jets and the Oakland Raiders. He is also an accomplished author of the book “Liberalism or How to Turn Good Men into Whiners, Weenies and Wimps,” published by Post Hill Press on July 19, 2016. Presently, he serves as the CEO of Responsive Health Care Solutions and inspires audiences nationwide through his motivational speaking engagements.