Simone Biles is her husband’s biggest fan. The feeling is mutual.
“Just watching her and how she worked every day going into the Olympics – her focus and her drive – it just makes you want to get up and do something because your partner is doing that,” Green Bay Packers defensive back Jonathan Owens said after organized team activities on Tuesday.
Biles and Owens formally tied the knot in April in Houston before holding a destination wedding in Cabo San Lucas earlier this month. The newlyweds cut their honeymoon short so Owens, who played his first four seasons with the Houston Texans, could sign a free-agent contract with the Packers.
“It’s actually been pretty crazy,” Owens said his whirlwind month. “The week of the wedding is when I had heard the team contacted my agent. I kind of knew I was going to be coming here. It was just like the perfect wedding gift, I guess you could say. As soon as we got back from our short honeymoon, I came right here. Had to get to work.”
Owens said he “hadn’t heard of” Biles before the couple started dating in August 2020. “I hadn’t paid too much attention to her journey and everything she’s been through,” he recalled on Tuesday.
Owens said he grew inspired by Biles as he started to watch her train and compete, like millions of people across the globe. He has a lot of motivation to pull from — Biles is a seven-time Olympic gold medalist who is widely considered to be the greatest gymnast of all time.
Olympic gymnast Simone Biles and defensive back Jonathan Owens first started dating while he was playing for the Houston Texans.
After Owens signed with the Packers, Biles celebrated on Instagram: “GO PACK GO. So proud of you baby.”
“It was just a great situation, man,” Owens said of joining the franchise. “They were one of the teams that showed a lot of interest. They had contacted my agent throughout the free agency process. I was just kind of waiting for the right situation. We took a visit here and it was just amazing – the people, the city. It was super-welcoming, everyone here. Very family-oriented organization. I just fell in love with it.”
Biles got a firsthand taste of the hospitality Packers fans have to offer. She asked for recommendations on Twitter for places to eat and things to do in Green Bay and she received thousands of responses.