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Teamming Up: Owens’ Open Championship debut was shared with (left to right) Thomas, Baur, Hamilton, Clark and Jakubowski.


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When did bowling switch from pure entertainment to a competitive challenge for you? It started back in

1996 or so, during my early years in San Francisco with the 49ers. There was a charity bowling event that the team was involved in. I was one of the players who attended, and I remember Norm Duke was there. Like most people new to the sport, I was just taking a house

ball and throwing it down the middle as hard as I could to try to strike. I’m a very competitive person, and I prefer to learn the right way to do something. Norm gave me a few pointers on how to throw the ball correctly and encouraged me to get my own ball drilled. After that event I got a few balls drilled and bought some bowling shoes and went to the lanes to practice. Not long after that I was bowling with some teammates and I was throwing strike after strike. Pretty soon we had all these people around us watching me bowl. I bowled a 288. After

that there were times I didn’t get much chance to bowl, and other times I’d get into it for a while and bowl heavy for a month straight.

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Many pro athletes have diversions… golf, video games, etc. What is it about bowling that you fi nd challenging?

Bowling is an individual sport. It’s just you and the lanes. You can be as good

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as you want to be. What you put into it is what you’re going to get out of it. I like that you have to make adjustments as the game goes on. It makes it more challenging. You can’t put the blame on anyone or anything else. It’s all on you. I think I have the skills to get better. Some people are naturally gifted athletes. I think I’m one of those people. I never intended to play pro football, but I was good at it and drove myself to be better.

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