NFL Prospect Tyler Owens Tells Reporters at Combine 'I Don't Believe in Space' or 'Other Planets'

The former Texas Tech defensive back, who also played for Texas, had 37 tackles last season

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  • Tyler Owens, an NFL prospect, told reporters at the NFL Combine on Thursday that he doesn't believe in space

  • Owens, who played three years at the University of Texas and then two years at Texas Tech, is a favorite to have the fastest 40-yard dash time

  • The Texas native was a high school track star who had multiple sub-11 seconds 100 meter dash finishes

Tyler Owens is a favorite to post the fastest 40-yard dash time at the NFL combine, but the Texas Tech product is grabbing headlines for his comments off the field.

While speaking to reporters in Indianapolis on Thursday, the defensive back offered an unconventional take on his place in the world.

"I don't believe in space," Owens, 22, said in a video posted on X by Bleacher Report's Brent Sobleski. "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."

He added, "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. They started bringing up valid points, so I mean I don't know, could be real, couldn't be."

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While Owens contemplated the universe, he also predicted for himself an out-of-this-world 40-yard dash finish on Friday.

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The Plano, Texas native told reporters his time "should be in the 4.2s somewhere," according to Bleacher Report.

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Before he played his final two years of eligibility at Tech — where last year he had 37 tackles, including 10 against Houston — the athlete started his college career at the University of Texas.

At Plano East High School, Owens was a track phenom who took second place in the Texas 6A 100 meters in 2019 with a time of 10.38 seconds. He also posted multiple sub-11 second 100 meter times and once had a 45-foot, 5-inch triple jump, 

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