Corpus Christi West Oso and Houston product Riley Odoms revolutionized the tight end position during his college and NFL career. Today's his birthday so, he's 67 years young. Have a day Mr. Odoms.
Odoms showed up in 3rd Ward as perhaps one of the best all-around athletes in the country. A three-sport star at West Oso, Odoms high jumped almost seven feet and ran a 4.6 40 at 6-4, 210 pounds. He was also a star basketball player as well, acknowledged as All-State in all three sports. As a prep football player he played quarterback, tailback, ends, and middle linebacker, perhaps all at the same time.
He bulked up during his freshman year on campus and set a freshman receiving record. In 1971 Odoms earned All-American recognition. Newspaper accounts had Odoms times at 9.9 in the 100 at 6-4, 238 pounds. Odoms caught fourteen passes as a sophomore and junior but erupted for 45 catches in 1971, including eight touchdowns.
Denver selected Odoms with the fifth overall pick of the 1972 NFL draft. At Denver Odoms earned Pro-Bowl recognition four times and twice made All-Pro selection. He finished his Denver career with 396 receptions for 5,755 and 41 touchdowns. Odoms averaged an astounding 14 yards a catch, incredible for modern football, let alone the fabulous 70s. Odoms appeared in the 1978 Super Bowl for the Broncos, after a phenomenal playoff run by the tight end. Odoms career came to an end in 1983.
Happy Birthday to Houston great Riley Odoms.