Owen Daniels

Owen Daniels[1] (born November 9, 1982) is a former American football tight end. He played college football for the University of Wisconsin, and was drafted by the Houston Texans in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He is a two-time Pro Bowl selection. He also played for the Baltimore Ravens and Denver Broncos. As a member of the Broncos, he helped the team win Super Bowl 50 over the Carolina Panthers.

Owen Daniels
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Daniels with the Broncos in 2015.
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Position:Tight end
Personal information
Born:November 9, 1982 (age 36)
Naperville, Illinois
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school:Naperville (IL) Central
NFL Draft:2006 / Round: 4 / Pick: 98
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:5,661
Receiving touchdowns:36
Player stats at NFL.com

High school career

Daniels attended Naperville Central High School in Naperville, Illinois. As a starting quarterback on the football team, Daniels led Naperville Central to an undefeated IHSA Class 6A State Championship in 1999.[2] He earned Prep Football Report and PrepStar All-American honors as well as being named a Top 100 prospect nationally by PFR. As a junior, he completed 100 of 168 passing attempts for 1,750 yards and 17 touchdowns, against just 1 interception. He completed 30 of 35 passes for 562 yards and 7 touchdowns in the opening two games of his senior year before a knee injury ended his season. He was also the starting center on his basketball team and a 22-foot (6.70m) long jumper on the track & field team.[3]

College career

Daniels attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison and played for the Wisconsin Badgers football team under coach Barry Alvarez. At Wisconsin, he red-shirted his freshman year at the quarterback position.[4] Early in his college career, he was a back-up quarterback and played special teams, flanker, split end, and wingback. He eventually assumed the starting job at tight end for most of his final two seasons with the Badgers. During his career at Wisconsin, Daniels played in 43 games with 62 receptions for 852 yards (13.7 average) earning him the moniker "Ole Sure Hands". He graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a bachelor of science degree in atmospheric and oceanic sciences.

Professional career

Houston Texans

Owen Daniels
Daniels with the Texans.

Daniels was drafted in the fourth round with the 98th overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft.[5] He earned the nickname "The Weatherman" as he majored in meteorology and appeared on the Madison area news delivering the local forecast. As a Professional, the moniker, "O.D." seems to have stuck amongst Texans fans, Houston media, and users of NFL-related message boards.

In 2006, Daniels finished his rookie season with 34 receptions for 352 yards with five touchdowns.[5]

Daniels completed the 2007 NFL season starting all 16 games with 63 receptions for 768 yards and three touchdowns.[5]

On November 2, 2008, Daniels had his "best game of his career", according to the Houston Chronicle, against the Minnesota Vikings with 11 receptions for 133 yards.[6] On December 7, 2008, he and quarterback Matt Schaub combined for a 27-yard completion during a game-winning drive to defeat the Green Bay Packers.[7] He completed the 2008 season with 70 receptions for 862 yards with a trip to the 2009 Pro Bowl.[8] He and teammate Andre Johnson were considered the most prolific tight end-wide receiver combination in the NFL with 185 catches for 2,437 yards.

On November 1, 2009 in a game against the Buffalo Bills, Daniels tore his ACL and was placed on season ending injured reserve.[9][10]

On March 3, 2011 Daniels signed a 4 year $22 Million contract extension with the Houston Texans.

On March 11, 2014, Daniels was released by the team.[11]

Baltimore Ravens

Daniels agreed on a one-year contract worth $1 million with the Baltimore Ravens and joined head coach John Harbaugh on April 3, 2014. Following a season-ending injury to starter Dennis Pitta, Daniels took over the starting role and amassed 48 receptions for 527 yards and four touchdowns.[12]

Denver Broncos

On March 10, 2015, Daniels signed a three-year, $12 million contract with the Denver Broncos and joined head coach Gary Kubiak.[13] Daniels played his entire NFL career under the tutelage of Kubiak (head coach in Houston and Denver, offensive coordinator in Baltimore) and tight ends coach Brian Pariani. Daniels started the season with only 85 receiving yards and was not a large factor until the game against the Green Bay Packers with three catches for 44 yards. Daniels then had 102 receiving yards and a touchdown in a 24-27 loss to Indianapolis Colts.[14] Daniels finished the 2015 season with 46 catches for 517 yards and three touchdowns. The Broncos had a 12-4 record and earned the #1 seed for the AFC playoffs. Denver defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first playoff game by a score of 23-16. Daniels had 2 catches for 10 yards. In the AFC Championship game against the defending champion New England Patriots, Daniels scored two touchdowns to help the Broncos defeat the Patriots by a score of 20-18 to advance to Super Bowl 50 where they beat the Carolina Panthers 24-10. In the victory over the Patriots, Daniels caught the last touchdown pass that quarterback Peyton Manning ever threw in the NFL. In Super Bowl 50, Daniels had one catch for 18 yards on the Broncos' opening drive in the 24-10 victory.[15] Daniels's catch helped the Broncos get in position to score a field goal for the first points of the game.

On March 8, 2016, the Broncos released Daniels after one season with the team.[16]

After his time with the Broncos, Daniels did not sign with another NFL team.

NFL statistics

Year Team Games Receiving Rushing Fumbles
G GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2006 HOU 14 12 34 352 10.4 33T 5 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2007 HOU 16 16 63 768 12.2 29 3 0 0 0.0 0 0 4 3
2008 HOU 16 16 70 862 12.3 35 2 0 0 0.0 0 0 2 1
2009 HOU 8 8 40 519 13.0 44 5 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 0
2010 HOU 11 10 38 471 12.4 31 2 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2011 HOU 15 15 54 677 12.5 34 3 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2012 HOU 15 14 62 716 11.5 39T 6 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2013 HOU 5 5 24 252 10.5 28 3 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2014 BAL 15 13 48 527 11.0 39 4 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2015 DEN 16 16 46 517 11.2 37 3 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
Career 131 125 479 5,661 11.8 44 36 0 0 0.0 0 0 7 4

Personal life

Owen has been married to his wife, Angela, since 2013. The couple met at the Blondes vs. Brunettes charity football game. The couple had their first date in Ibiza and it is also where Owen proposed to her. Together they had their first child in 2015, Henry.[17]


  1. ^ "ESPN Profile". ESPN.com.
  2. ^ Sakamoto, Bob (November 28, 1999). "It's All Naperville C., Clifford". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 7, 2010.
  3. ^ https://www.trackingfootball.com/players/owen-daniels-1283/
  4. ^ Hanley, Reid (September 9, 2005). "Wisconsin tight end catching on". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 7, 2010.
  5. ^ a b c "Owen Daniels". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved July 7, 2010.
  6. ^ McClain, John (November 2, 2008). "Texans' win streak ends in 28–21 loss to Vikings". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved July 7, 2010.
  7. ^ "Texans Beat Packers On Game-Winning Field Goal By Brown". The Sports Network. December 7, 2008. Retrieved July 7, 2010.
  8. ^ McClain, John (January 28, 2009). "Texans' Daniels headed to Pro Bowl". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved July 7, 2010.
  9. ^ "Texans' Daniels injures right knee". ESPN. November 1, 2009. Retrieved July 7, 2010.
  10. ^ Rakowski, John (November 6, 2009). "Snap, Crackle and Pop". CNN Sports Illustrated. Retrieved July 7, 2010.
  11. ^ Rosenthal, Gregg (March 11, 2014). "Owen Daniels released by Houston Texans". National Football League. Retrieved March 11, 2014.
  12. ^ Hanzus, Dan (April 3, 2014). "Owen Daniels agrees to deal with Baltimore Ravens". NFL.com. Retrieved April 3, 2014.
  13. ^ Swanson, Ben (March 10, 2015). "Broncos agree to terms with TE Owen Daniels". Denverbroncos.com.
  14. ^ Georgatos, Dennis (August 19, 2015). "Owen Daniels and Gary Kubiak together again". ESPN.com. Retrieved January 18, 2016.
  15. ^ "Super Bowl 50 - Denver Broncos vs. Carolina Panthers - February 7th, 2016". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  16. ^ "Broncos release Louis Vasquez, Owen Daniels and Aaron Brewer". Denver Broncos. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  17. ^ http://www.playerwives.com/nfl/denver-broncos/owen-daniels-wife-angela-mecca-daniels/

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Nisha Batra

Nisha Batra is a fictional character in the British soap opera Brookside. She was played by Sunetra Sarker.Nisha first appeared in 1988, working alongside Sammy Rogers (Rachael Lindsay) at a local supermarket after school - a job she had taken without the knowledge of her strict family, who believed she was using the time to study at the library. Their friendship grew when a strike at the supermarket's wholesalers meant they had no work, and so they both returned to Sammy's house to listen to music.

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Nisha re-appeared in the show almost ten years later and began working as a nurse. Her biggest storylines in her final years on the programme involved affairs with Jerome Johnson (Leon Lopez) much to the annoyance of Nikki Shadwick (Suzanne Collins) in 2002 and Gary Parr (Ben Hull) in 2003.

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Sammy Rogers

Samantha 'Sammy' Rogers (previously Daniels) is a fictional character in the British soap opera Brookside. She was played by Rachael Lindsay.

Sammy first appeared in 1987 when, along with her family - mother Chrissy, father Frank , younger brother Geoff and younger sister Katie she moved to No.7. At the time, she was 14 years old and a pupil at Brookside Comprehensive School.

Determined to be independent, Sammy was keen to find a part-time job, and following an abortive attempt at cleaning for Harry Cross and Ralph Hardwick, she found an after-school job in a local supermarket, where she struck up a friendship with co-worker and fellow student Nisha Batra. She also developed an interest in animal rights, becoming a vegetarian and joining a local campaign group. Despite her parents' initial misgivings, they eventually rallied round, allowing her to join her campaign group on a national demonstration in London, and - following the family's move to No.5 - by experimenting with organic gardening.

During this time, she was pursued by local boy Owen Daniels, and they began dating in spring of 1989. A significant ongoing storyline for Sammy, Owen and Nisha came in October 1989, when, following a night out with a group of friends, they were involved in a serious car accident which killed the driver of their car (a young man whom one of their friends had just met in a nightclub). Sammy survived the incident with a broken arm, concussion and cuts and bruising and was released from hospital after a few days; however Owen remained in a coma for several weeks, during which time Sammy visited him regularly at the hospital. At the inquest some months later, it emerged that all the girls except Sammy had been somewhat economical with the truth in order to spare the feelings of the deceased's parents.

Sammy progressed to the Sixth Form of Brookside Comprehensive shortly after the accident, however she struggled to cope in the aftermath of the accident and turned to alcohol for a period. After struggling with her studies, she left school part-way through her course and enrolled on a hotel management course. With her relationship with Owen having faded in the wake of his injuries and her alcoholism, she began a relationship with a much older man, Tim Darby - who had a daughter close to Sammy's age. However, the relationship did not last, and she reunited with Owen and soon fell pregnant. They married on the 6 November 1991. Sammy gave birth to daughter Louise on 5 June 1992. after the birth of Louise, Sammy suffered severe post-natal depression which resulted in her shaking the child. once Owen caught her trying to drown Louise in the bathtub. The pressure becoming too much for her, Sammy took Louise back to the hospital leaving her in the car park. Social Services became involved, and Owen, fearing for his daughter's safety, took her to live with his parents for a while before eventually reconciling with Sammy and moving out of no. 5 to live in their own flat. She left the close the following year, only to return soon afterwards for her father's wedding to Lyn Matthews. However, on the way to the wedding reception, Frank was involved in a car crash and died shortly afterwards, while his passenger Tony Dixon was in a coma for three months before dying. Jimmy Corkhill later confessed he was responsible for causing the crash. She left the close again soon after her father's death.Sammy made a comeback for several months in 1996, when she was involved in a court case. Whilst on a night out at la luz, Sammy meets noel stones, who invites her on holiday to Tenerife. She had lied to him telling him she had no children, passing Louise off as Katie's child. she decided to go on the holiday, leaving a note for Katie asking her to look after Louise. Unfortunately Katie had agreed to travel down to Birmingham where Jacqui Dixon was involved in a hair show, and did not see the note Sammy left her. She was arrested at the airport. Eventually she was cleared, but left the show in September 1996. She returned as a semi-regular character in 2001 and on a more regular basis throughout 2002, although by now the show's ratings were in steep decline and its demise was being widely speculated in the media, a stark contrast to Sammy's original spell in the show when it pulled in millions of viewers for three episodes a week, and by late 2002 it was only being aired once a week.

She made a final brief comeback in the autumn of 2003, weeks before the last episode of Brookside was aired.

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