The forecast looks bright for Owen Daniels, a tight end with the Houston Texans. A sure-handed pass catcher with a knack for finding the open field, Owen ranks second in receptions and receiving yards in team history. Coming off his first Pro Bowl appearance, Owen has sure made a name for himself.
After being selected by the Texans in the fourth round of the 2006 draft, Owen expected nothing more than to make the team. Yet he was called upon early and delivered. Starting 12 games, he led all rookie tight ends with 34 catches for 350 yards and five touchdowns.
Showing consistent improvement each season, especially in his blocking, he’s become a true every-down tight end. Owen made his first Pro Bowl appearance in 2008 and his second in 2012.
He didn’t start playing Tight End until his sophomore year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he began his career on special teams and at quarterback before being moved to flanker then tight end. A versatile athlete – he played basketball and ran track at Central High School in Naperville, Ill -- he excelled not only on the college gridiron but in the classroom as well. He graduated with a B.S. in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, earning Academic All-Big Ten Conference honors in 2002 and the nickname “The Weatherman” because he delivered the local forecast on Madison area news. Owen dreams of one day participating in a storm chase and delivering the weather with Al Roker.
Owen also delivers to the less fortunate. As one of his team’s most involved players in the community, Owen spends the off-season working with his Catch A Dream Foundation, which assists seriously ill and physically challenged children throughout Greater Houston. His goal is to touch the lives of more than 900,000 children and their family members by 2015 and he is well on his way. Owen raises funds for the program through events such as Owen Daniels’ Celebrity Server Night at Morton’s Steakhouse, Celebrity Gridiron Challenge, Owen’s Locker to name a few. Shriner’s Hospital for Children is just one of the places that benefits from Owen’s charitable side.
In addition to being a fan favorite, the media also gravitate to Owen, who has appeared on NFL Network, Jim Rome, Great Day Houston and ESPN’s First Take and is a regular guest on Clear Channel Radio. In his down time, he takes advantage of Houston’s warm weather by hitting the golf course. And he enjoys watching old episodes HBO’s Entourage. Ari Gold would love to have a client as talented, unassuming and charitable as Owen Daniels.