Jonathan Owens (born July 22, 1995) is an American football strong safety for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL).[1] He played college football at Missouri Western,[1] and signed with the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent in 2018. He has also played for the Houston Texans.

Jonathan Owens
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Owens with the Houston Texans in 2022
No. 34 – Green Bay Packers
Position:Strong safety
Personal information
Born: (1995-07-22) July 22, 1995 (age 28)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school:Christian Brothers College (MO)
College:Missouri Western
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 4, 2023
Total tackles:148
Fumble recoveries:1
Pass deflections:5
Player stats at · PFR

Early life Edit

Owens played high school football at Christian Brothers College High School (CBC) under Coach Scott Pingel after attending middle school at Loyola Academy of St. Louis. During his high school career, Owens won CBC Linebacker of the Year.[2]

College career Edit

After the end of his redshirt year during the 2013 season, Owens played defensive back for Missouri Western State University (MWSU). During his final season in 2017, Owens was MWSU Male Student-Athlete of the Year. During the 2017 season, Owens was also part of the All-Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) Second-team. Owens was on the MIAA Academic Honor Roll throughout the course of his college career. He majored in pre-physical therapy with the goal of becoming a doctor.[2]

Professional career Edit

Arizona Cardinals Edit

Owens signed with the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent following the 2018 NFL Draft.[3] During the last week of organized team activities (OTAs) before the 2018 season, Owens was waived due to an injury, and spent the entire season on injured reserve.[4]

On August 31, 2019, Owens was waived by the Cardinals.[5]

Houston Texans Edit

On September 30, 2019, Owens was signed to the Houston Texans practice squad.[6] He was promoted to the active roster on November 21, 2019, but waived two days later and re-signed to the practice squad.[7] He signed a reserve/future contract with the Texans on January 13, 2020.[8]

On September 5, 2020, Owens was waived by the Texans and signed to the practice squad the next day.[9][10] He was elevated to the active roster on October 10 and 17 for the team's weeks 5 and 6 games against the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans, and reverted to the practice squad after each game.[11][12] On December 12, 2020, Owens was signed to the active roster.[13]

On August 31, 2021, Owens was waived by the Texans and re-signed to the practice squad.[14][15] He was promoted to the active roster on December 4.[16] On December 9, the Texans signed Owens to a two-year, $1.175 million deal that runs through the 2022 season.[17] On December 26, 2021, Owens had his first career interception and first fumble recovery in the Texans' upset win over the Los Angeles Chargers. [18] On January 3, 2022, Owens was placed on injured reserve after suffering a dislocated wrist in the team's week 16 loss against the San Francisco 49ers.[19]

Green Bay Packers Edit

On May 12, 2023, Owens signed with the Green Bay Packers.[20]

Personal life Edit

Owens and USA gymnast Simone Biles announced their engagement on February 15, 2022.[21] They married on April 22, 2023.[22]

References Edit

  1. ^ a b "Jonathan Owens DB". National Football League. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Missouri Western State Griffons Profile
  3. ^ "Arizona Cardinals agree to terms with 24 rookie free agents". The Arizona Republic. April 30, 2018. Retrieved August 4, 2019.
  4. ^ Urban, Darren (June 11, 2018). "Cardinals Sign Safety Travell Dixon". Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  5. ^ Odegard, Kyle (August 31, 2019). "After Cuts, Cardinals Arrive At Initial Roster".
  6. ^ Wilson, Aaron (September 30, 2019). "Texans sign DB Jonathan Owens to practice squad". Houston Chronicle.
  7. ^ "Texans activate TE Jordan Thomas off Reserve/Injured list". November 21, 2019.
  8. ^ "Texans sign 10 players to reserve/future contracts". January 13, 2020.
  9. ^ "Transactions: Roster Moves (9-5-2020)". September 5, 2020.
  10. ^ "Texans Announce Roster Moves (9-7-2020)". September 7, 2020.
  11. ^ Comeaux, Jonathan (October 10, 2020). "Texans Promote ILB Nate Hall & S Jonathan Owens To Active Roster". Retrieved October 28, 2020.
  12. ^ Lane, Mark (October 17, 2020). "Texans promote S Jonathan Owens to the active roster". USA Today. Retrieved October 31, 2020.
  13. ^ "Houston Texans Transactions (12–12–20)". December 12, 2020. Retrieved January 27, 2021.
  14. ^ "Houston Texans Transactions (8-31-2021)". August 31, 2021.
  15. ^ "Houston Texans Transactions (9-1-2021)". September 1, 2021.
  16. ^ "Houston Texans Transactions (12-4-2021)". December 4, 2021.
  17. ^ "Texans New Contract Details on 2 Signings".
  18. ^ "Texans Safety Jonathan Owens' Reward from Girlfriend Simone Biles Shows They're Perfect Together (12-28-2021)". December 28, 2021.
  19. ^ "Texans' Jonathan Owens: Hits injured reserve".
  20. ^ "Packers sign S Jonathan Owens". May 12, 2023.
  21. ^ France, Lisa (February 15, 2022). "Simone Biles and Jonathan Owens are engaged". CNN. Retrieved February 17, 2022.
  22. ^ Rizzo, Laura (May 7, 2023). "I Do! Olympic Gymnast Simone Biles and Jonathan Owens Are Married: Courthouse Wedding Details". Life&Style. Retrieved May 16, 2023.

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