Burgess Owens, a retired NFL player and Republican nominee for Utah's 4th Congressional District, is scheduled to speak at the 2020 Republican National Convention on Wednesday.

Owens was born in Columbus, Ohio, and grew up in a Baptist household in Tallahassee, Fla., where he was integrated onto an all-white football team in the 1960s amid the civil rights movement.

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He became the third Black American student to receive a football scholarship from the University of Miami in 1970, according to local Utah outlet the Deseret News.

After graduating from Miami with a degree in biology and chemistry, Owens played in the NFL as a safety for the New York Jets and the Oakland Raiders between 1973 and 1982.

Mike Guman #44 of the Los Angeles Rams gets tackled by Howie Long #75 and Burgess Owens #44 of the Los Angeles Raiders during an NFL football game, Dec. 18, 1982. (Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

Mike Guman #44 of the Los Angeles Rams gets tackled by Howie Long #75 and Burgess Owens #44 of the Los Angeles Raiders during an NFL football game, Dec. 18, 1982. (Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

Owens has traveled across the country working odd jobs since retiring from his football career but made his way to Utah in 2012 when he founded Second Chance 4 Youth, "a Utah based non-profit organization dedicated to helping troubled an[d] incarcerated youth," Owens' campaign website reads.

Burgess was married for 34 years before getting a divorce and has six children with his estranged wife, Josie, according to his website. He also survived prostate cancer.

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In a July profile for the Salt Lake Tribune, Owens said he has ''always been a conservative" but previously voted "as a Democrat because we would talk [about how] that was the party in our favor."

The former football star is a contributor for Fox News and supporter of policies that aim to support the working middle class. Owens' political interests range from protecting the Second Amendment and supporting pro-life legislation to lowering the cost of higher education, lowering taxes and adding jobs in Utah.

He has also expressed opposition to football players kneeling during the national anthem.

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