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Getting to know Montell Owens


What was your favorite TV show growing up?

I was a Martin guy.

What do you like to read?

I like to read a lot of Christian motivational books.

If there was one guy you could trade places with for a day who would it be?

I'd trade places with my father because I really respect what he does. I really respect who he is as a man, respect how he leads the family. I would want to be just like him.

Favorite movie?

I am a James Bond guy. I have the whole series.

What's your favorite city you like visiting?

Boston, the amount of history that is in Boston is absolutely incredible. When I visit I like to do a lot of sightseeing. I have some family and friends in that area so whenever I get a chance to go that way I definitely spend some time with them.

What song would you sing if you were on American Idol?

I would sing Lord I Lift your Name on High.

What's another position you would like to play?

Kicker, I think I can learn how to kick.

Is there any extreme sport you wouldn't do?

I'm not fearful of anything. I would do it, any challenge I would do it. Sky dive, it doesn't matter what it is, if someone challenges me I would not back down.

Is there a song that describes you as a player?

There is a song, it's not a Jazz piece, it is a contemporary symphony orchestra piece. "The Flight of The Bumble Bee" (written by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov). If music had any meaning that is the song that would most describe me.

What's the first thing that goes through your mind when you are running out of the tunnel before a game?

The first thing that comes to mind is giving God all the glory.

Toughest challenge you have ever faced?

I think every day is a challenge. I'd say the challenge for everybody is how to be a better man. There was a coach I had in college, his name was Jeff Cole who passed away from brain cancer, he had a famous quote. The quote is, "Every day you either get better or you get worse, you never stay the same. Every day is a challenge to make yourself better, as a man, a son, football player or father." I think that is an everyday challenge. I'm a Christian so a lot of what I do is try to improve my walk of faith with Jesus Christ.

Do you have any pet peeves?

When people drive slow in the fast lane and that only happens in Florida. I'm from the Northeast so everybody is flying. When I got down here, I got on the highway and there was someone with horse blinders on riding 50 miles per hour in a 70 miles per hour zone all the way in the left hand lane. The only reason you should be in the left hand lane is if you're passing someone. Other than that you should be in the middle lane or in the slow lane to the right.

Are there any rule changes you would make to the game?

I'd like to change a rule on punt team. There is a rule on punt team called an illegal man downfield. I don't think there should be a time limit on when you can be down field. There shouldn't be a one, one thousand, two one thousand before you can get down the field. You should be able to punch and release then get down the field to make a play. That's the other team's fault if they can't stop somebody. If somebody on our team is getting down there and beating somebody, there shouldn't be a penalty on that person for getting down the field and making a play.

What animal would you be?

Man, I'd be a Hyena. Those guys have one of the strongest bites known to man. I relate to them because I'm not as big as most people but I do pack a strong punch.

What are your plans after football?

Right now I'm already committed to giving back to the community, but I would like to take that to a whole other level. I'd want to do that in areas where there is a need. Especially here in Jacksonville, not only sports programs but also a lot of music programs are being cut from schools. So I would definitely do something centered around the youth. I feel that everything within society starts at a young age. If you can tap into a child's life when they're young it can change the whole dynamic of who they are when they are older.

What do you do to enjoy your offseason?

I have family here in Jacksonville so I spend all my time with my family. I really feel that the offseason is a time for bonding. My offseason this year we worked hard and I enjoyed it. I enjoyed the preparation, but spent most of my offseason with family.

Do you have a stadium you really enjoyed playing in?

Since I came from a small school I'd say the best environment I have ever played in is Jacksonville. Even compared to playing at other pro stadiums, Jacksonville has a great environment. I love it. You can't beat Monday nights in Jacksonville.

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