Mar 7, 2024 - News

NFL prospect from Texas doesn't "believe in space"

Tyler Owens in a #18 Texas Tech jersey

Some of Tyler Owens' beliefs might seem a little out-of-this-world. Photo: John Rivera/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Defensive back Tyler Owens, an NFL prospect from Plano, recently told reporters at the NFL combine in Indianapolis that he doesn't "believe in space" or "other planets."

Why it matters: Owens attended Plano East High School, then the University of Texas, then transferred to Texas Tech University.

  • Somewhere along the way, he was presumably taught that space exists, that other planets exist and that humans have, in fact, been through space en route to the Moon.

Context: A surprising number of NFL players believe that Earth is flat, recently-retired Eagles center Jason Kelce said on his podcast last year.

What they're saying: "I'm real religious, so I think we're alone right now. I don't think there's other planets and other stuff like that," Owens told reporters last week.

  • "I thought I used to believe in the heliocentric thing where we used to revolve around the sun and stuff. But then I started seeing flat earth stuff and I was like, this is kind of interesting."

Catch up quick: Though Owens' name doesn't appear in the early rounds of most prominent mock drafts, he had a good senior season at Tech and he's oversized for a defensive back, with great speed and agility.

What's next: The NFL Draft begins April 25.

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