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Big Honor For "The Big O"

James Owens

James Owens talks about being the first black scholarship football player for the Tigers, his time at Auburn, overcoming struggles in his life and being honored by the university.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn University will present the inaugural James Owens Courage Award on Saturday and Athletic Director Jay Jacobs notes that "it is only fitting" that the initial recipient is the man whose name is on the award. Owens, a football player for Auburn from 1969-1972, is remembered by Tiger fans as a powerful fullback with good speed as well as the first black scholarship football... Recommended Stories