Naperville Sports Weekly takes a look back at Naperville Central graduate Owen Daniels road to Super Bowl 50 in this installment of Where Are They Now?
2001 Naperville Central graduate and Denver Broncos tight end, Owen Daniels has a chance to complete the dream of every player who ever strapped on pads and cleats, winning the Super Bowl. Daniels got his first taste of playing on the big stage as the quarterback for the undefeated, state champion RedHawk football team in 1999. After switching to tight end in college at the University of Wisconsin, the Houston Texans and head coach Gary Kubiak drafted Owen in the 4th round of the 2006 draft.
A two time pro-bowler in 2008 and 2012, Daniels remained a top target for the Texans until he followed coach Kubiak to the Baltimore Ravens in 2014. After being named head coach of the Broncos in 2015, Kubiak again brought the reliable Daniels along to give quarterback Peyton Manning another sure handed target. A move that certainly paid off in Sunday’s AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots. Daniels caught the Broncos only two touchdowns in their 20-18 victory.
Now the May Watts Elementary and Lincoln Jr High grad looks to add the ultimate prize to his impressive career and join New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton as the only Naperville natives with Super Bowl rings.
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