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R.C. Owens dies at 77

Updated: June 19, 2012, 12:15 AM ET
Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO -- R.C. Owens, a longtime San Francisco 49ers front office man and eight-year NFL wide receiver whose impressive leaping ability earned him the nickname "Alley Oop" and helped popularize the basketball phrase, died Sunday at age 77.

The Niners, his team for the first five of his NFL seasons, announced Owens' death on Monday. The team said he died Sunday and had been living in Manteca, about 75 miles east of San Francisco.

"The 49ers family has suffered a great loss with ...

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