It has been an "unbelievable" five months for Montell Owens and it only got better when he boarded a plane bound for Honolulu with his wife, Lisa, and their parents.
Owens will represent the Jaguars and the AFC at the Pro Bowl along with tight end Marcedes Lewis. Running back Maurice Jones-Drew was voted a starter but will miss the game after having knee surgery earlier this month.
The trip for Owens is an opportunity for him to finally give his wife a honeymoon. The two tied the knot on September 4 in Jacksonville, and two days later Owens was back to work preparing for the season-opener against Denver. Following the Pro Bowl, the couple plan to spend some extra time in Hawaii.
"It was unbelievable," Owens said of his wedding. "Obviously one of the most memorable moments of my life was just getting married. That was a big deal for not only myself but our families. It seemed like after that nothing else mattered."
After being an alternate for the Pro Bowl in 2009, Owens became the first special teamer in franchise history to represent the club at the annual all-star game.
Owens led the Jaguars in special teams tackles for the second consecutive season as he finished with 20. He tied the franchise's single-season record with 30 tackles in 2009 and he owns the franchise record for career special teams tackles with 95.
It's especially gratifying to Owens that all three Jaguars selected to the Pro Bowl joined the franchise in 2006.
"It was great to have guys get recognized," Owens said. "It caught us by surprise because that has never been my thing. It's not something guys in Jacksonville talk about. We are more concerned with winning a championship. Our m.o. here is winning a championship and with the attention to detail you need you can't be worried about how many jerseys you are selling and all the other stuff going on."
Owens has spent the past couple of weeks traveling and spending time with family, just enjoying his time away from the field. But anyone who knows Owens well is not surprised that staying in shape has been a top priority.
One of the first things Owens does is make sure he's staying at a hotel with a workout facility. If not, he and his wife take matters into their own hands.
"We used the terrain to work out," Owens said about a recent trip. "We did the Walter Payton deal. We found a hill, found some flat ground to do pushups and got a log to do some curls."
His time spent in Jacksonville is usually at EverBank Field in the weight room or at Riverfit Gym at the Landing.
As a rookie for the Pro Bowl, he has already spoken with several teammates who have played in the game.
"I have been told it's a vacation mixed in with a football game," Owens said.
It's hard to fathom the former undrafted free agent from Maine dialing down his intensity.
"We're going to have to see when we get out there," Owens said. "I am either on or off. I don't have a dimmer switch."
One thing Owens plans on doing is heeding the advice his former running backs coach, Kennedy Pola, used to preach to him; "Be in the moment."
His parents, Dawn and Ernest, are making their first trip to Hawaii while Lisa's parents are returning for the first time since their honeymoon.
"To be able to share this with my family and friends is great," Owens said. "My parents and in-laws have been with me through this journey. We're all in this together. They are just as much a part of it as anybody. I was just on the field. They are sort of like the 12thman. That is what really brings joy to us, just seeing the smiles on their faces."