Joe Bowden

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Joe Bowden
No. 58, 59
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1970-02-25) February 25, 1970 (age 45)
Place of birth: Dallas, Texas
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight: 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
College: Oklahoma
NFL draft: 1992 / Round: 5 / Pick: 133
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles: 433
Sacks: 12.5
Forced fumbles: 9
Interceptions: 3
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Joe Tarrod Bowden, III (born February 25, 1970) is a former American football linebacker who played nine seasons in the National Football League. He started for the Tennessee Titans in Super Bowl XXXIV.

Early years[edit]

Bowden attended North Mesquite High School in Mesquite, Texas, where he received All-American recognition. He received a scholarship from the University of Oklahoma. He didn't play in his first year because of failing to meet the requirements of Proposition 48.[1]

In 1990, he led the team in tackles with 116 (3 for loss), while posting one interception, 4 passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.[2] He gained All-American honors as a senior, while registering 75 unassisted tackles and 2 interceptions (both returned for touchdowns).

Professional career[edit]

Tennessee Titans[edit]

Bowden was selected in the fifth round (133rd overall) of the 1992 NFL draft by the Houston Oilers. From 1995 to 1997 he was a starter at outside linebacker. After being named the starter at middle linebacker in 1998, he was moved back to the outside during the Super Bowl XXXIV run in 1999, while registering 81 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries and one interception.[3]

Following the signing of Randall Godfrey in free agency and the drafting of Keith Bullock, Bowden became expendable and was not re-signed.[4] He left after starting 84 of 123 regular-season games, while missing only 5 games and registering 521 tackles.

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

In 2000, the Dallas Cowboys had a lot of turnover at the linebacker position and the signing of Bowden in free agency was one of the moves made to improve the depth.[5] He was the backup to Darren Hambrick and played in all 16 games. He was cut on April 20, 2001, after failing a physical.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Bowden is currently an assistant coach (linebackers) coach for the St. Louis Rams in the NFL. In 1998, he married Malika (Welch) and they have two daughters, Sydney and Cheyenne. He has one son, Jaylon who also plays football and is following in the footsteps of his father.


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