Legendary College of Idaho athlete passes away

Legendary College of Idaho athlete passes away

R.C. Owens

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by KTVB.COM

KTVB.COM

Posted on June 19, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 19 at 4:16 PM

CALDWELL -- Legendary multi-sport athlete and College of Idaho graduate R.C. Owens passed away at the age of 78 on Sunday.

Among his many accomplishments, Owens is thought to have coined the term for the now-famous 'alley-oop' pass in football while playing for the San Francisco 49ers.

However, before he went pro, Owens played football, basketball, ran track, and was on the cheerleading team at the College of Idaho in Caldwell.

Owens, who eventually graduated from C of I with a degree in physical education, was also one of the first college athletes drafted to both a professional football and a professional basketball team upon graduation.

He went on to play in the NFL as a receiver for the 49ers, Baltimore Colts, and the New York Giants.

Owens' career spanned eight years. He was inducted into the San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame in 2011.

Owens is survived by his wife. The couple had lived in the Bay Area.

You can read more about Owens here.

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