While playing football at the University of Oklahoma, Steve Owens was selected to the All Big Eight Conference team in 1967, 1968 and 1969; received Big 8 Player of the Year honors in 1968 and 1969; and was a Consensus All-American in 1968 and 1969. Steve was selected by his teammates as co-captain of the 1969 Sooners. Owens finished his career at OU by winning the 1969 Heisman Trophy, awarded to the nation’s outstanding college football player and considered to be college football’s most prestigious award.
Steve began his professional career in 1970 after being drafted in the first round by the Detroit Lions. He was the first Detroit Lion to gain over 1,000 yards in a season. Owens was an All-Pro selection in 1971 and played in the Pro Bowl that same season. After six years with
Detroit, Steve retired due to a serious knee injury. In 1991, Owens was honored by being named to the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, and was named the Walter Camp Foundation Alumnus of the Year. Steve was inducted into the Orange Bowl Hall of Honor in 1992.
Owens has been as successful in the field of business as he was on the football field. Steve is CEO of Steve Owens & Associates and Steve Owens Insurance Group, both of which offer a full range of insurance and service related products and are located in Norman, Oklahoma.
Steve is dedicated to his state and his community. He is a founding member of both the Norman Public School Foundation and the Miami (OK) Public School Foundation. Steve has been a spokesman for the Ronald McDonald House, and played a key role in raising funds to begin the House in Oklahoma City. He has given his time to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Child Welfare Citizens Advisory Board, the Oklahoma Chapter of the National Football Foundation, and the Advisory Board for the Norman Family Y. He has been a tireless advocate for Thunderbird Clubhouse. Steve is on the Board of Directors of Arvest Bank. He also serves on the Selection Committees for both the Doak Walker Award and the Danny Wuerffel Award.
Owens continues strong ties to the University of Oklahoma, serving as the Athletic Director from September 1996 through March 1998. He has served as a member of the OU Centennial Committee, the OU Alumni Advisory Council and OU Alumnti and Friends of Cleveland County. Steve was the first Chairman of the Sooner Club Fund Drive. Owens served on the “O” Club Board of Directors and is a past president of the organization. He is a founding member of the OU Football Letterman’s Association and also served on their Board of Directors.
Steve resides in Norman, Oklahoma with his wife, Barbara. They have two sons, their beloved Blake; and Mike, his wife Lindsey, and grandchildren Quincy, Austin, Madden, and Campbell.