"It was from day one," Owens said. "Not a lot of people know this, but I was born a month-and-a-half early, weighed three pounds. My mom was having complications and the doctors asked my grandmother, 'Do you want to save the baby or save your daughter?'And of course my grandmother said 'Save my daughter, she can have more kids.' This is the story...I don't know how much of it's the truth, but my dad said that he came in and said 'No, you save them both.' So, you know, we both survived. I've been fighting from day one."
Owens said he was a tiny baby.
"My dad said my whole head fit in his palm," he said. "I was a little thing."
Owens said that approach has translated into the odds he's faced in football as a 5'7'', 180-pound receiver, too.
"I've always been the smaller guy," he said. "I've always had to prove that I can play with the big boys, I can be here, you know? I think that's something that's been instilled in me since birth, and that's my gift, my blessing from God. That's where it comes from."
Given that rough start to life and that early triumph against the odds, it's understandable why Owens is so determined to keep succeeding. What's really impressive is that thus far, success has only motivated him to push even harder. He established himself as a dominant returner almost right away in 2010, but slowly has transformed himself into an elite pass-catcher as well, and he led the league with 1,328 receiving yards this season. He's become one of the Argonauts' biggest all-around threats, and a huge day from him could go a long way towards giving them a win Sunday. Of course, the Stampeders know that too, and they'll be focused on containing him both on defence and in the passing game. The question is if they'll be successful, or if Owens will overcome the odds again.
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