Super Bowl XV Champion Safety Burgess Owens has a busy schedule these next few months.
The 68-year old Republican candidate in Utah is working to join Congressmen Anthony Gonzalez (R-Ohio) and Colin Allred (D-Texas) as NFL alumni holding House seats in Washington D.C.
Owens had a productive Pro Bowl career after being drafted in the first round by the Jets in 1973 out of the University of Miami. He was an All-America defensive back on the field for the Hurricanes and earned a degree in biology/chemistry during his classroom studies. He later earned a Super Bowl ring playing for the Raiders to cap his NFL career.
“After 10 seasons (1973-82) in the NFL,” Owens explained when he made his announcement to run for political office late last year, “I used the drive and work ethic that my family instilled in me to start a career in business. Giving back to my community has always been important to me and it’s why I want to serve in Congress.”
Owens’ political platform is based on four tenets–head, heart, hands and home—and the values they represent i.e. education, faith, industry and family. He says his focus on the four tenets is key because “all parties, all people love our country, love our kids and want a future for them.”
Owens is founder of the Utah-based non-profit “Second Chance 4 Youth”, a national mentoring program aimed at helping at-risk and incarcerated youth experience the American Dream. He also has authored several non-fiction books and is a regular political contributor on cable talk shows.
Owens is used to competition and he has several other candidates in his party vying for the same Congressional House seat. The Republican primary in Utah is June 23. We at NFL Alumni have a diverse political membership but we wish our football colleague Burgess Owens much success on the campaign trail in the weeks and months ahead.