Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/18/12

SAN FRANCISCO - 2009: Jed York of the San Francisco 49ers poses for his 2009 NFL headshot at photo day in San Francisco, California. (Photo by NFL Photos)

R.C. Owens, a former 49ers wide receiver who was inducted into the franchise's Hall of Fame last year, passed away Sunday at the age of 78.

Nicknamed "Alley Oop" for his leaping ability, Owens played five of his eight NFL seasons for San Francisco and spent more than two decades in the team's front office.

"The 49ers family has suffered a great loss with the passing of R.C. Owens," said 49ers Owner and Chairman John York. "Long after his days as a player were over, his devotion to the organization remained strong. R.C. was an ever-present supporter of the 49ers Foundation and did great works with the community at large. The San Francisco 49ers and our Faithful fans will forever be grateful for his contributions and he will be sincerely missed."

Owens totaled 177 receptions for 2,939 yards and 20 touchdowns with San Francisco, and was inducted into the Bay Area Hall of Fame in 2010.

"The 49ers are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of R.C. Owens," said 49ers Chief Executive Officer Jed York. "While his accomplishments on the field are well celebrated, his contributions to our organization and the Bay Area community are equally as impressive. As a player and a member of the 49ers front office, R.C. was a tremendous ambassador for our team. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to his friends, family, teammates and fans."

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