Mel Owens was a left outside linebacker for the Los Angeles Rams from 1981-89. In addition to acting he started a line of clothing called "Evolution Wear". He also operated a nationwide restaurant reservation hotline in the 1980s called 1-800-LETS-EAT. In 1987, he ran with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain and also competed in the L.A. Marathon.
He had a bit role in The Distingueshed Gentleman, a film that starred Eddie Murphy. Owens played "Bo Chandler" a tight end for the Houston Oilers who was elected to Congress.