Burgess Owens Biography and Wiki
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.
Burgess Owens Age
Burgess is 69 years old as of 2020, 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 (199Lbs).
Burgess Owens Family and Parents
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 Owens Education
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 and 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.
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Burgess Owens Trump and Republican
Owens is a republican supporter of Donald Trump. He first expressed his support for the President in 2016 during his first presidential run for office. He is currently still in support of Trump for a second term.
He has always been criticized by anti-Trump voters because he is deemed to support a man who they see as against the struggle Owens’s father went through during his early years.
Burgess Owens For Congress
Burgess says he left the NFL “a cocky liberal” but went on to become “a very humbled and appreciative conservative.”He has also described his current views as “very conservative.”
In June 2019, Owens, who is black, provided testimony to a United States House Committee on the Judiciary subcommittee opposing a bill that advocated reparations for slavery.
Owens has also criticized U.S. national anthem protests and Colin Kaepernick. In November 2019, Owens called Donald Trump “an advocate for black Americans.” He is a frequent guest contributor on Fox News.
Burgess Owens NFL and Football
The New York Jets selected Owens with the 13th pick in the first round of the 1973 NFL Draft. During his rookie season, he returned a kickoff 82 yards for a touchdown against the Denver Broncos on October 28.
This was the Jets’ only touchdown scored on a kickoff return during the 1970s. He was a regular starter for the Jets for most of the 1970s and was a part of the Raiders’ 1980 Super Bowl XV championship team.
Burgess Owens Utah
Burgess moved to Herriman, Utah in 2012. He is a founder, board member, and CEO of Second Chance 4 Youth, a non-profit dedicated to helping troubled and incarcerated youth.
In November 2019, Owens announced that he would run for the U.S. House of Representatives in Utah’s 4th congressional district. He was one of four candidates to run in the 2020 Republican primary. Owens won the primary and will face Democratic incumbent Ben McAdams in the November general election.
At a June 1, 2020, Republican primary debate, Owens said Democrats in Washington are held in thrall by Marxists and socialists, whom he described as enemies of America. “The days of Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neill are over. We’re dealing with people who hate our country,” Owens said.
He also said the Affordable Care Act should be repealed and that he supported President Donald Trump. On June 30, 2020, Owens won the primary with 43% of the vote, defeating Utah State Representative Kim Coleman by a twenty-point margin. Owens also defeated challengers KSL.
Burgess Owens Book
Burgess was accused by Media Matters of taking passages and phrases from other sources verbatim without giving the requisite credit to the original authors. The allegations were raised after the publication of his book Why I Stand: From Freedom to the Killing Fields of Socialism. Some of the sources whose material was said to have been plagiarized included 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 is a former Super Bowl champion who played ten seasons in the National Football League for the New York Jets and the Oakland Raiders. Author of “Liberalism or How to Turn Good Men into Whiners, Weenies and Wimps” (Post Hill Press, July 19, 2016), he is currently CEO of Responsive Health Care Solutions and a motivational speaker who travels throughout the country.
Burgess Owens Website
You can visit the former NFL’s official website at burgessowens.com