Texas Tech DB Tyler Owens Records Second-Longest Broad Jump in Combine History

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Former Texas Tech defensive back Tyler Owens has been a popular name to follow at the 2024 NFL Scouting Combine.

After trending for not believing in outer space, Owens defied gravity while testing his broad jump cruising to the second-longest distance in combine history.


Owens recorded a 12’2″ broad jump on Friday which ended up being one inch short of the combine record set by Byron Jones in 2015. Owens followed up his broad jump performance with a scary moment during his 40-yard dash. While the Texas native entered the combine as the favorite to post the fastest sprint of any athlete at the combine, Owens came up limping in his first attempt.

Despite the unfortunate showing in the 40-yard dash, Owens made headlines and became a significant talking point thanks to an outside-of-the-box interview answer.

“Nah, I don’t believe in space because, like, you know, I’m real religious,” Owens said. I think we’re in a dome right now. I don’t think there’s other planets and other stuff like that, I don’t know.”

When asked what led him to that conclusion, Owens said that he used to believe in the heliocentric theory, which adopts the idea that Earth and the other planets orbit the Sun. However, he’s since changed his mind on the matter.

“I used to believe in the heliocentric thing, like, we just revolve around the Sun and stuff, but then I started seeing like flat-earth stuff and was like, ‘This is kind of interesting,’” Owens said. “Then they started bringing up valid points. So, I mean, it could be real, it could not be. You know what I’m saying?”

With both his outer space theories and his unbelievable athletic feats, Owens finished off his combine performance as someone to watch in the 2024 NFL Draft.