Nathaniel Owens
Nathaniel Owens
Team: Football/Wrestling
Class: 1970
Induction Year: 2008

The Honorable Nathaniel Owens, C'70 was not only the first African-American varsity athlete at Sewanee, he was also the first African-American to graduate from the College. The four-year letterman in football was team captain and two-time All-CAC. Owens led Sewanee in rushing in 1967, 68, and 69. He also led the team in scoring and rushing touchdowns in '69. Owens also lettered in wrestling and was the CAC champion in 1968 at 191 pounds. Offered a contract by the Cincinnati Bengals, Owens decided to forgo a professional football career, choosing instead to enroll in law school. He was later elected a district court judge in Alabama in 1980.