Remembering R.C. Owens and the Hall of Fame night he made me smile

One of the best nights of my young writing career.

On Sunday, former 49ers wide receiver R.C. Owens passed away at the age of 78. He had remained with the team for nearly two decades after his playing days in in the 1960s. He was selected to the team’s Hall of Fame last November.

I was there at that ceremony and that’s when I met Owens for the first time. He sat there talking to former teammates and some reporters. I waited for a moment just to chat with him.

“Hi, I’m R.C. Owens,” he said to me. Even though he knew he was the center of attention for the evening, he was still humbled enough to introduce himself to me.

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