R. C. Owens had a productive NFL career, but is best remembered for one play, the “Alley Oop,” when he leaped high between defensive backs to catch this pass. The play was a natural for Owens, a college basketball player who led the nation with 27 rebounds a game one year. Owens caught 27 passes for 395 yards in 1957, his rookie year. His best year was 1961, when he caught 55 passes for 1,032 yards. A free agent in 1962, he signed with the Baltimore Colts and in a game against the Washington Redskins, he blocked a 40-yard field goal attempt. Following the 1963 season, R. C. was traded to the New York Giants in 1964, and retired at the end of the season.
Inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.
Plaque location: BASHOF