Matt Bowen (American football)

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Matt Bowen
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Position: Strong Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1976-11-12) November 12, 1976 (age 40)
Place of birth: Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 207 lb (94 kg)
Career information
High school: Glen Ellyn (IL) Glenbard West
College: Iowa
NFL Draft: 2000 / Round: 6 / Pick: 198
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at

Matthew Sean Bowen (born November 12, 1976) is a former American football strong safety in the National Football League. He currently works as a sports journalist.

High school career[edit]

Bowen was an all-state, all-area and all-conference selection as a quarterback at Glenbard West High School in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. He was originally recruited to Iowa as a quarterback after finishing his senior season as team captain and MVP after passing for 1,533 yards and 17 touchdowns, and gaining 1,329 yards and 17 scores on the ground. He also played three seasons of baseball and four seasons of basketball. His mentor was Hasani Steele, who played in the Rose Bowl with Northwestern University.

College career[edit]

Bowen was a four-year letterwinner (1996–99) at Iowa, he started his final two seasons and earned second-team All-America recognition and first-team All-Big Ten honors. He posted a career-high 109 tackles (76 solo) and two INTs as a senior and led the team with 92 tackles (57 solo) and two interceptions as a junior.

NFL career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 1⅛ in 201 lb 4.49 s 1.53 s 2.61 s 4.09 s 7.06 s 33 in 9 ft 7 in 12 reps x
All from NFL Combine.[1]

St. Louis Rams[edit]

Matt Bowen was drafted in the sixth round by the St. Louis Rams. He earned St. Louis' Rookie of the Year award after starting at strong safety in two contests and appearing in 16 regular season games. He also saw action in the Rams' Wild Card playoff at New Orleans. He finished the season with 21 tackles (15 solo) and two passes broken up. He also recorded 21 special teams tackles to tie for the club lead.

Green Bay Packers[edit]

In 2001, Bowen signed with the Green Bay Packers to provide depth and help to the Packers secondary and special teams. He started the 2001 campaign with St. Louis, but suffered a broken right foot in the season opener and was inactive for the following two games. He was placed on injured reserve on October 3 and was eventually waived on November 6. He played in Green Bay's last five games on defense and special teams, recording four special teams tackles.

In 2002, Bowen appeared in all 16 games, starting six, contributing as a backup safety, a valued special teams contributor as well as a weekly participant in the club's dime package defense. He was named the starter at strong safety during Weeks 4–7 when Antuan Edwards was sidelined with a fractured forearm. He also started at free safety for Darren Sharper in the regular-season finale. He made his first-career postseason start against Atlanta in the NFC Wild Card playoff contest, responding to the challenge with a game- and career-high 15 tackles and two passes defensed. He finished the season with a career-high 42 tackles (27 solo), good for second among reserves. Bowen also added a forced fumble, one interception and seven passes defended.

Washington Redskins[edit]

Bowen signed with the Washington Redskins as a restricted free agent from the Green Bay Packers in March 2003. For the first time in his NFL career, Bowen started all 16 games in a season. He finished his campaign with 94 tackles (73 solo), three interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

In 2004, Bowen started the first five games at strong safety for the Redskins before suffering a torn ACL on his right knee on a special teams play. He was placed on injured reserve on October 11.

In 2005, Bowen saw action in 13 games, tallied 14 tackles, including 13 solo.

Buffalo Bills[edit]

On March 10, 2006, the Washington Redskins released him as an unrestricted free-agent, upon which on March 16, 2006, he signed a two-year, $2 million contract with the Buffalo Bills, which included a $300,000 signing bonus.[2] He appeared in five games for the Bills and was subsequently released on March 1, 2007.

After playing career[edit]

Bowen currently works as a sports journalist and NFL writer for ESPN where he provides a former player's perspective on the inner workings of the league. He previously spent time working for Bleacher Report and the National Football Post website and has been a contributor to the Chicago Tribune website.[3] As of 2011, he is a contributor on the Boers and Bernstein show.

He is also pursuing a master's degree in journalism from DePaul University.[3]


  1. ^ Matt Bowen, Pro Scout
  2. ^ Bills Sign Safety Bowen
  3. ^ a b "Matt Bowen (bio)". National Football Post. Archived from the original on February 16, 2009. Retrieved February 18, 2009.  External link in |publisher= (help)

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