David Bowens, Former Miami Dolphins Defensive End, Wins AFC Award
While not current Miami Dolphins news, I thought I'd give some props to veteran NFL defensive end/linebacker David Bowens, who was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week with the Cleveland Browns.
Bowens earned the honor this week after intercepting two Drew Brees passes and returning them 30 and 64 yards for touchdowns in the Browns win over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.
Incredibly, after failing to score a touchdown in his first 157 career games spanning more than 11 seasons, Bowens found the end zone twice in one game against the Saints.
Originally drafted by the Denver Broncos in the fifth round of the 1999 NFL Draft, Bowens played in 16 games as a rookie, followed by 14 with the Green Bay Packers in 2000.
After an offseason stint with the Buffalo Bills in 2001, Bowens spent part of the regular season with the Washington Redskins, but did not appear in a game.
Bowens landed in Miami during the 2001 season and spent seven seasons with the team, including one as a starter in 2004. That season, he totaled a career-high seven sacks to go along with 41 tackles, three forced fumbles and six pass deflections.
Bowens departed via free agency in 2007, playing two seasons with the New York Jets as a top reserve linebacker and special-teamer.
He joined the Browns on a four-year contract in 2009 and started 15 games his first season in Cleveland, recording a career-high 71 tackles and 5.5 sacks.
While Bowens has never been a star in the NFL and has primarily been a backup, he was always a solid producer.
His longevity is impressive, having switched from a 4-3 defensive end to 3-4 linebacker in the back end of his career and still playing well at the age of 33.
Congrats to D-Bow for a great accomplishment that will go down as one of the highlights of his strong NFL résumé.
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Chris J. Nelson majored in journalism at Georgia State University and is currently a programming coordinator for Turner Sports in Atlanta. He operates his own Miami Dolphins website, The Miami Dolphins Spotlight, and he can be followed on Twitter here.
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