|Date of birth:February 25, 1949|
|Place of birth: Chicago, Illinois|
|College: Iowa State University|
|NFL Draft: 1971 / Round: 2 / Pick: 47|
|Debuted in 1971 for the Miami Dolphins|
|Last played in 1974 for the Denver Broncos|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
Otto Stowe (born February 25, 1949 in Chicago, Illinois) is a former American football wide receiver who played 4 seasons in the NFL for the Denver Broncos, Dallas Cowboys, and Miami Dolphins. He played college football at Iowa State University where he was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2008.
At Feitshans High School he was an All-state selection in both football and basketball. He went on to play basketball at Iowa State University, before focusing on football after his sophomore season and proceeding to lead the team in receiving for 3 consecutive years.
As a senior in 1970, he had the most prolific receiving season in school history up to that point, breaking single-season school records in receptions (59), receiving yards (822) and touchdowns (6). He also led the Big Eight in all three categories and ranked 13th nationally in receiving, earning first-team all-Big Eight honors. His 59 catches ranks fifth all-time and his 822 receiving yards seventh all-time in school history for a season. He finished his career as Iowa State University all-time leader in receptions (132) and receiving yards (1,751), and second in career touchdowns (10). He still ranks third in career receptions and fifth in receiving yards.
Stowe was drafted in the second round of the 1971 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins. As a rookie he was the backup to Paul Warfield, catching 5 passes for 68 yards and 1 touchdown. After also seeing limited action in his second season (13 receptions, 276 yards and 2 touchdowns), he requested to be traded.
In 1973 he was having a Pro Bowl type season starting opposite to Bob Hayes, but suffered a broken ankle in the seventh game against the Philadelphia Eagles, that placed him on injured reserve and would hamper him for the rest of his career. He was replaced with rookie Drew Pearson for the rest of the season, but still led the team with 6 touchdown receptions and was second in receiving with 389 yards.
Los Angeles Rams
Stowe informed the Los Angeles Rams his decision to retire before the start of the 1975 season. He finished his career after only four seasons, registering 43 receptions, 742 yards and 10 touchdowns.