Ross Owen starred in football and basketball at SDSU in the mid-1920s, earning fame as a speedy halfback in football and guard on the basketball team. He lettered in football from 1922-24 and in basketball from 1924-25.
Owen, who was born in Fort Scott, Kan., helped SDSU win the 1922 NCC football title — the first year of competition for the league. He was also on the 1924 championship team. He still holds the SDSU record for TDs in a game — eight in an 85-0 victory over Columbus College. After graduation, he taught at several universities including Prairie View A&M, Philander Smith College, Tennessee A&I, and Tuskegee Institute where he joined fellow SDSU Hall of Famer Cleve Abbott.