Owen Daniels was born on November 9, 1982 in Berwyn, Illinois. He is currently a tight end for the Houston Texans of the National Football League.
During his high school years, Daniels attended Naperville Central High School in Naperville, Illinois. Daniels had a very successful career in high school, and led his team to an undefeated record and an Illinois High School Associated Class 6A State Championship in 1999. This success gave Daniels a scholarship to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
In Daniels' freshman year, he decided to redshirt, meaning he sat out a year of football to have four years of athletic eligibility starting the next school year. Daniels played many positions early in his career at the university, including back-up quarterback, special teams, tight end, and wingback. During his final two years Daniels cemented the starting spot for tight end, marking a significant departure from his playing days in high school.
Owen Daniels had a great career at Wisconsin, playing in 43 games with 62 receptions for 852 yards. Not only was he successful on the field, but Daniels excelled in the classroom and earned Academic All-Big Ten Team honors in 2002. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, which earned him the nickname "The Weatherman" when he was drafted as the first pick in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL draft.
Daniels' rookie season was a positive performance, and he finished with 34 receptions for 352 yards and 5 touchdowns. These statistics were strong enough to earn Daniels NFL All-Rookie Team honors as selected by Pro Football Weekly and the Pro Football Writers of America.
The 2007 season saw a great progression from Daniels, as he started all 16 games and ended the season with 63 receptions for 768 yards and 3 touchdowns.
The next year saw further progress from Daniels, as he had his best game of his career against the Minnesota Vikings. Daniels had 11 receptions for 133 yards en route to a win. The season stats for 2008 were even more impressive, with 70 receptions for 862 yards and two touchdowns. This performance earned Daniels a trip to the 2009 Pro Bowl.
The 2009 season was a disappointing one, however, for Daniels as he was placed on the season-ending injured reserve list after tearing his ACL. Daniels returned halfway through the 2010 season to post respectable numbers in his return to form. He is poised to continue his success next season.
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