Tuesday, September 11, 2012
James Owens an Auburn Hero
In an interview with the media this week, former Auburn football star James Owens discussed his time at Auburn.
"When I came to Auburn, I didn't realize that it was a big deal. I was too young to realize what was going on".
Owens was the first African-American football player to be awarded a scholarship at Auburn.
"I tell a lot of the young guys about the Auburn fight song. Ever to conquer, never to yield. And that's what Auburn University and Auburn University's family is all about" getting over the hurdle".
From Auburn Athletic Director Jay Jacobs:
“It’s a blessing to be here with James Owens. As many of you know, a few weeks ago we announced the James Owens Courage Award. I don’t know of a football player in Auburn history that has faced adversity and shown courage from working for the betterment of Auburn University than James Owens.
“As you know, he was the first African-American scholarship football player in 1969 for Auburn, and he played on the 1972 Amazin’ team. I believe in his career he was 28-5. He was a fullback that led the path for the running backs, and since his days of playing he has led the path of opportunity for many people including some of us here in this Athletics Department.
“We intend to try annually to look for a former or current football player that has displayed courage in the face of adversity while doing the same thing that James has done in making Auburn University a better place.
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