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New Orleans Saints Flashback: Tinker Owens

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Tinker Owens played receiver for the New Orleans Saints for four seasons, in 1976, and from 1978-1980.

Born Charles Wayne Owens, “Tinker” was born in Miami, Oklahoma in 1954, and went on to play college football for the Oklahoma Sooners, from 1972-1975.

During Owens’ time at Oklahoma, the Sooners compiled an amazing record of 43-2-1 and captured back-to-back Associated Press national championships in 1974 & 1975.

The brother of 1969 Heisman Trophy winning running back Steve Owens, Tinker was a two-time All-American for Oklahoma, in 1974 & 1975.

Playing for the run-oriented, wishbone offense of the Sooners, Owens caught 62 career passes for 1,624 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Following his college career, the Saints selected Owens in the fourth round of the 1976 NFL Draft.

The 5-foot-11, 170-pounder, who wore #83, caught 12 passes for 241 yards and one touchdown in his rookie season, before sitting out 1977 with an injury.

In 1978, Owens had his best year as a pro, with 40 receptions for 446 yards and two touchdowns in ten starts. Those 40 catches were tied for third on the tied, with Ike Harris, behind the 74 of Tony Galbreath, and the 53 of Henry Childs

Owens had only eight receptions over the next two seasons, and never played another down in the NFL.

In his four years with the Saints, Owens accumulated 60 catches for 785 yards and four touchdowns.

Now 59-years old, Owens serves as the President of Tinker Owens Insurance in Norman, Oklahoma.




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