Mr. Owens is a partner in the Bennett Group, a real estate development firm. The firm specializes in developing and managing commercial office buildings in Washington DC. Prior to that Mr. Owens was a partner in Bennett & Owens, a sports management firm that represented a number of professional athletes in football, basketball, and hockey.
Prior to founding his own firm, Mr. Owens served as assistant executive director and associate counsel to the National Football Players Association (NFLPA) from1979-1984. While with the NFLPA, Mr. Owens was a member of the negotiating team that developed a new collective bargaining contract with the National Football League. In addition to his responsibility in the operation of the Players Association, he developed the Association’s Financial Planning, Career Counseling, and Employee Assistance Abuse Programs. Mr. Owens also created the Professional Athletes Youth Foundation and Community Service Department of Education as one the top exemplary programs in the United States.
Brig Owens is a former thirteen-year veteran of the National Football League and seven year player representative and defensive captain for the Washington Redskins. After being drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 1965, Mr. Owens was traded to the Redskins in 1966 to begin his twelve-year career as a Redskins defensive back. Mr. Owens holds the number two spot for most passes intercepted (36) by a Redskin, holds career records for most yards on interception returns (686) and most interceptions returned for touchdowns. In addition, he was selected as one of the 70 Greatest Players in Washington Redskins history.
Among his many accomplishments, Mr. Owens served as member of the Central Caribbean Task Force and served on former Vice President Mondale’s Task Force on Youth Employment. In addition, he has served on the board of USA Telecommunications, National Bank of Commerce, Big Brother of America, University of Cincinnati President’s Executive Council, and Vice President and Board Member of the Leukemia Society. He presently serves on the Lombardi Foundation, NFL Players Agent Advisory Board, NFL Players Trust Foundation, National Board of Medical Examiners, Board Member of the Greater Washington Community Foundation. He also developed a highly recognized Leadership Drug Prevention Program in Washington, D.C. high schools called Super Leaders. In addition, he and his partner are sponsors of the “I Have a Dream” program, which guarantees a student a college education if they stay in school, maintain their grades, and graduate from high school.
Mr. Owens was one of six to receive the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award (January 1990). The honorees of this prestigious award are selected because of their commitment to their community and their country over the past twenty-five years.
Brig Owens, who is a published author, graduated from the University of Cincinnati (where he was an All American football player), attended Antioch School of Law, and received his Doctorate of Juris Prudence from Potomac Law School. In 2008 he received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from the University of Cincinnati.