Thurman Owens
Thurman Owens

Position:
Football

Inducted:
1987


Thurman Owens

  • Called "pound for pound, the best defensive lineman in UC history" by his coach, the legendary Sid Gillman.
  • Played football in the Navy's V-12 program at Tulane and Southwestern Louisiana during World War II.
  • Enrolled at UC in 1947 and, as an end, helped lead the Bearcats to a 7-3 record and the Mid-American Conference championship.
  • Captain of the 1949 team that posted a 7-4 record, won a Mid-American Conference title and defeated Toledo in the Glass Bowl.
  • Entered the service following a stint of high school coaching and rose to the rank of Brigadier General.
  • Returned to UC following his military career to lead UC Foundation.
  • UC Athletic Hall of Fame 1987.