MIAMI — Now Miami will have two streets designated “Owens.”
Steve Owens Blvd. has been one of the city’s primary east-west roadways since 1969.
Now, D Street on the east side of Miami has been designated Tinker Owens Blvd. in honor of the former Miami High School all-stater and two-time All-American at the University of Oklahoma.
The action was approved at the Tuesday, Sept. 5 meeting of the Miami City Council.
“I was shocked when I heard it,” Tinker Owens said. “My nephew, Jerry, said ‘I am at the city council meeting and I will call you after.’ He and my brother, Jimbo, had known for about a week and a half, but they didn’t tell me, so I had no idea.”
“They were sworn to secrecy.”
The action is honorary, meaning that the street will still be called D Street Northeast/Southeast but Sooner Crimson colored signage will indicate the alternate name.
“That way, nobody has to change their address,” Miami council member Neal Johnson said.
Tinker Owens Blvd. runs from B.J. Tunnell to Steve Owens Blvd along what is called the truck route.
Fittingly, it runs past 133 D SE the three-bedroom house that the Owens brothers lived, with their parents, Olen and Cherry Owens, and the rest of the family during their youth.
“It’s a really nice honor and I am excited about it,” Tinker Owens said. “It’s a great legacy for our family. To me, that is the perfect place for it to be.”
Charles Wayne “Tinker” Owens is a 1972 graduate of Miami High School. He was a member of the 1972 Class 3A state championship basketball team and played on the 1971 Wardog football team that reached the 3A championship game.
He was a state champion hurdler and long jumper.
Tinker Owens thrived at the University of Oklahoma, where his brother, Steve, had won the Heisman Trophy in 1969.
Tinker was a split end on OU’s 1974 and 1975 national champion teams.
As a freshman at OU, he was named the most valuable player at the 1972 Sugar Bowl, catching five passes for 132 yards in the Sooners’ 14-0 win over Penn State.
He finished with 70 receptions for 1,619 yards and 11 touchdowns in an OU program that made the run-oriented wishbone famous.
The New Orleans Saints selected Tinker Owens in the fourth round of the 1976 NFL Draft.
He played six seasons (1976-82) with the Saints, logging 60 receptions and 785 yards with four touchdowns.
He and his wife, Terri, also a former Miamian, live in Norman, where he owns the Tinker Owens Insurance Agency.