For Oklahoma's executioner from 1918 to 1947, see Rich Owens (corrections officer).
Rich Owens
Date of birth: (1972-05-22) May 22, 1972 (age 48)
Place of birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Career information
Position(s): Defensive lineman
College: Lehigh
NFL Draft: 1995 / Round: 5 / Pick: 152
 As player:
Washington Redskins
Miami Dolphins
Kansas City Chiefs
Seattle Seahawks
Playing stats at

Ritchie Darryl Owens (born May 22, 1972 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a former American football defensive lineman in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins, Miami Dolphins, Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks. He played college football at Lehigh University and was drafted in the fifth round of the 1995 NFL Draft.



  1. Elfin, David (January 1, 2000). "Owens finds a home as Miami lineman.". The Washington Times. Retrieved April 7, 2011. "When defensive end Rich Owens left Washington and signed with Miami on March 16, there were some raised eyebrows. The Dolphins, after all, probably had the NFL's deepest defensive line. If Owens couldn't beat out never-was Kelvin Kinney in Washington, how was he going to steal time from Tim Bowens, Daryl Gardener, Jason Taylor, Trace Armstrong, Kenny Mixon and Lorenzo Bromell in Miami? Even Owens said he thought he would be a third-down inside pass rusher and a backup end on regular downs. Instead, Owens rebounded to start 13 games for Miami after missing all of 1998 after reconstructive surgery on his left knee. And Owens, who led the Redskins with 11 sacks in 1996 - the most by a Washington lineman in the past eight years - tops the Dolphins with 8 1/2 sacks."
  2. Maske, Mark (August 9, 1998). "Owens Likely Out For the Season". The Washington Post: pp. D9. Retrieved April 7, 2011.
  3. Sell, Dave (September 28, 1996). "Owens Is Experiencing Joy of Sacks; Redskins Defender Is Scourge of QBs". The Washington Post: pp. H.01. Retrieved April 7, 2011.
  4. Gosselin, Rick (November 10, 1997). "Washington's swarm survives Sanders' sting Redskins contain Sanders by keeping him off field". The Dallas Morning News.,0ED3D95FA7523846.html. Retrieved April 7, 2011. ""His eyes got big," Owens said, "and my eyes got big. He was right there. I could reach out and touch him." And he did. Owens got one finger on Sanders' heel as the Detroit halfback whirled and darted off in the other direction. Owens was the last defender to touch Sanders."

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