Former Michigan Athlete of the Week: David Bowens

Former Michigan Athlete of the Week: David Bowens


October 26, 2010
David Bowens (#6) played defensive end for Michigan
for a couple seasons before running into academic trouble.

This is a blast from the past.  Cleveland Browns defensive end David Bowens had his best career game on Saturday.  Bowens only had 1 tackle in Sunday’s victory over the New Orleans Saints, but he made 2 interceptions, both of which were returned for touchdowns.  One interception was returned 64 yards for the TD, while the other was taken back 30 yards for the score.  Bowens has played 12 seasons in the NFL for the Broncos, Packers, Dolphins, Jets, and Browns.  Altogether, he has 294 tackles, 38 sacks, 8 forced fumbles, and 4 interceptions.  Bowens struggled with academics and personal issues as a Wolverine, although he totaled 12 sacks in his final season in Ann Arbor (1996) before transferring to Western Illinois and playing out his college eligibility.

Honorable mention: Defensive tackle Alan Branch, currently of the Arizona Cardinals, had 5 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble, and 4 quarterback hurries in Sunday’s 22-10 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

3 comments

  1. Comments: 21628
    Oct 26, 2010 at 8:49 PM

    I remember Bowens. Bowens in black&white makes me feel old-timey.

  2. Comments: 21628
    Anonymous
    Oct 27, 2010 at 11:06 AM

    That's a great blast from the past (thanks). When Bowens and Pryce left in the '90s I remember thinking that it was extra-cruel because players of their type (NFL-caliber defensive linemen) were relatively rare at Michigan for a long time. The '97 team is an obvious exception, but that position group had the lowest number of future pros for many years.

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    Anonymous
    Oct 27, 2010 at 4:53 PM

    Holy shit can you imagine our 1997 defense with David Bowens starting?

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