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The Alley Oop play was developed in 1950s American football games by the San Francisco 49ers' Y.A. Tittle and R.C. Owens.[1] Tittle, who played as quarterback, would throw the ball into the end zone high like a jump ball, and Owens would jump up and catch it. The play was named after V. T. Hamlin's comics strip character Alley Oop; and Owens himself was known as "Alley Oop".

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