“We’re going to surprise a lot of people this fall,” said fullback James Owens, Auburn’s first black football player, said in the spring of 1972, before The Amazins were amazin. “We’ve got the pride and the attitude to win.”
No wonder he went into the ministry. He’s apparently been prophesying for 40 years.
Owens has been getting a lot of press lately. Auburn named an award after him. And they’re giving the award named after him to him Saturday. But here’s one of the first big stories on “Big O,” from the May 4, 1972 (Happy 18th Birthday, Dad!) issue of the Auburn Plainsman. (For more rare photos of Big O, go here.)
Related: Video of James Owens scoring his first touchdown.
* Elvis says “War Eagle”
* Alabama in Auburn gear
* Diagram of a 1983 Auburn student
* That OTHER time they burned the Glom
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I know the guy who wrote that. I am that guy. A nice blast from the past. James was one tough running back, and it’s nice to see how the Lord has blessed him. Stay strong, James. You deserve the award. Courageous, you are.