Owen was a four-time All-NFL tackle who played for the Giants from 1926-31, plus a one-game return in 1933. He captained the 1927 team that won the NFL title and held its foes to a record-low total of 20 points. But Owen made his greatest imprint on the sideline, where he coached the Giants for 23 years. He was a co-coach with Benny Friedman in 1930, then assumed the full head coaching responsibility in 1931, a position he kept until 1953. Owen had a coaching record of 153-100-17 and won eight division and two NFL titles. The 153 victories are still the Giants record. Some of his coaching innovations included the A-formation offense, the umbrella defense and the two-platoon system. Owen was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1966.
Jan 01, 2015 at 12:24 AM