Paul McGowan (American football)

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Paul McGowan
Position: Fullback / Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1966-01-13) January 13, 1966 (age 51)
Place of birth: Winter Park, Florida
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
College: Florida State
NFL Draft: 1988 / Round: 9 / Pick: 237
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at
Career Arena statistics
Tackles: 97
Sacks: 17.0
Rushing attempts: 139
Rushing yards: 555
Rushing TDs: 11
Player stats at

Paul J. McGowan (born January 13, 1966 in Winter Park, Florida) is a former American football linebacker. He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings 237th overall in the 1988 NFL Draft. He played college football at Florida State.

College career[edit]

McGowan played college football at Florida State University. As a senior in 1987 he was an All-American and won the Butkus Award given to the nation's best linebacker.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Minnesota Vikings[edit]

McGowan was selected with the 237th pick during the 1988 NFL Draft. The Vikings cut McGowan during training camp.

Cleveland Browns[edit]

In 1989, the Cleveland Browns signed McGowan, but he was released during the Browns preseason cuts.

Birmingham Fire[edit]

McGowan played for the Birmingham Fire of the World Football League during the 1991 and 1992 seasons.[2]

Orlando Predators[edit]

In 1993, McGowan played for the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League. McGowan was twice named to All-Arena Teams.[3]


  1. ^ Cameron Martin (December 6, 2012). "Award Said He Was Best; N.F.L. Was Silent". The New York Times Company. Retrieved November 1, 2013. 
  2. ^ Jerry Greene (May 30, 1992). "Mcgowan Has Found New Home In World". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved November 1, 2013. 
  3. ^ Jerry Greene (May 12, 1998). "Predators Announce Honors". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved November 1, 2013. 

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