Ryan Fowler

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Ryan Fowler
No. 55, 52, 51
Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1982-05-20) May 20, 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth: Redington Shores, Florida
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school: Seminole
College: Duke
Undrafted in 2004
Debuted in 2004 for the Dallas Cowboys
Last played in 2009 for the New York Jets
Career history
*Inactive and/or offseason member only
Roster status: Retired
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2008
Tackles 132
Sacked 0.0
Forced fumbles 2
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Ryan Allen Fowler (born May 20th, 1982 in Redington Shores, Florida) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League, who played for the Dallas Cowboys, the Tennessee Titans and the New York Jets. He played college football at Duke University.

Early years[edit]

Fowler attended Seminole High School before moving on to Duke University, where he became the first player to lead the team in tackles in all of his four seasons of eligibility. He was also a four-year starter (2 years at outside linebacker and 2 at middle linebacker).

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dallas Cowboys in 2004. He spent most of his rookie season on the practice squad and was activated in two games. In 2005, he was a backup inside linebacker, appearing in 14 games (3 starts).

In 2006, he lost the battle for a starting linebacker spot against teammate Bradie James, but would lead the team in special teams tackles with 24.[1]

Tennessee Titans[edit]

As a restricted free agent, Fowler signed an offer sheet with the Tennessee Titans on March 12, 2007, with the Cowboys choosing not to match the Titans' offer.[2]

One June 9, 2008, it was announced that he was under investigation in connection with a steroids case involving NFL dealer David Jacobs, although he was never formally accused of any wrongdoing.[3] He finished the season with 4 starts at middle linebacker and 27 tackles (2 for loss).

On September 28, 2008, Fowler was benched by the Titans in favor of 2006 4th round draft pick, Stephen Tulloch.[4] Fowler was waived on September 5, 2009.[5]

New York Jets[edit]

Fowler was signed by the New York Jets on September 8, 2009, with the team releasing fullback Jason Davis to make room on the roster.[6] He was not re-signed at the end of the season.

NFL stats[edit]

Year Team Games Combined Tackles Tackles Assisted Tackles Sacks Forced Fumbles Fumble Recoveries Fumble Return Yards Interceptions Interception Return Yards Yards per Interception Return Longest Interception Return Interceptions Returned for Touchdown Passes Defended
2004 DAL 2 1 1 0 0.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2005 DAL 14 24 18 6 0.0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006 DAL 16 24 21 3 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007 TEN 14 54 40 14 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2008 TEN 16 29 20 9 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009 NYJ 8 3 0 3 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career 70 135 100 35 0.0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3161184
  2. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2801734
  3. ^ "Late Steroids Dealer Said he Supplied Titans' Fowler". USA Today. Associated Press. 2008-06-10. Retrieved 2009-09-13. 
  4. ^ "Titans Make Starting Change at Middle Linebacker". Associated Press. 2008-09-25. Retrieved 2009-09-13. 
  5. ^ Walker, Teresa M. (2009-09-05). "Fowler Starter in 2008, Gone in 2009 from Titans". Associated Press. Retrieved 2009-09-13. 
  6. ^ Wilson, Aaron (2009-09-08). "Wilson: Jets sign Fowler". National Football Post. Retrieved 2009-09-13. [dead link]

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