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Longtime NFL Player Died On Tuesday At 79

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PHOENIX - JULY 20: A detail view of a football shows the redesigned NFL Shield logo during a photo shoot on July 20, 2008 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Gene Lower/Getty Images)

The NFL fraternity has lost far too many this week. On Tuesday, the Military Bowl Foundation confirmed that former Washington defensive back Brig Owens died at 79.

Owens was a seventh-round pick of the Dallas Cowboys in 1965 where he converted to the safety position after starring at quarterback for the Cincinnati Bearcats.

He'd never play a down for Dallas and was traded to rival Washington just one year later. But that change of scenery is what allowed Owens to enjoy a lengthy career in the National Football League. 

He'd go on to play 12 seasons in the nation's capital and is second only to Hall of Famer Darrell Green for the franchise's interceptions record.

Owens is perhaps best known for being one-half of the first ever interracial roommate pairing in NFL history, when he and tight end Jerry Smith bunked in 1966 for training camp and road games.

Owens was inducted into the University of Cincinnati's HOF in 1979 and would later enroll in law school in the twilight of his playing career.

He was inducted into Washington's Ring of Fame in 2012 and named one of the franchise's 80 greatest players.

Well regarded as one of the classiest men you'd come across, and a man who touched many lives in the Washington community; Brig Owens transitions as a beloved member of the brotherhood that is the NFL.