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For those of a similar name, see David Bowen (disambiguation).
David Bowens
No. 52, 96     
Personal information
Date of birth: (1977-07-03) July 3, 1977 (age 44)
Place of birth: Denver, Colorado
Career information
College: Western Illinois
NFL Draft: 1999 / Round: 5 / Pick: 158
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Denver Broncos ( 1999)
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
* Division I-AA All-American (1998)
Tackles     298
Sacks     38.5
Interceptions     4
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David Walter Bowens (born July 3, 1977) is a former American football linebacker who played twelve seasons in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the fifth round of the 1999 NFL Draft. He played college football at Western Illinois.

Bowens has also been a member of the Green Bay Packers, Buffalo Bills, Washington Redskins, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, and Cleveland Browns.

Early years

Bowens attended St. Mary's Preparatory in Orchard Lake, Michigan and was a letterman in football, basketball, and track and field. In basketball, he won All-State honors.

College career

Bowens started his college career at the University of Michigan for two seasons before he transferred to Western Illinois. He majored in accounting.

Professional career

Denver Broncos

Bowens was originally drafted in the fifth round (158th overall) of the 1999 NFL Draft out of Western Illinois University by the Denver Broncos.

Green Bay Packers

Bowens played for the Green Bay Packers in 2000, recording 3.5 sacks.

Miami Dolphins

Bowens played with the Miami Dolphins from 2001 to 2006.

New York Jets

On March 27, he agreed to terms on a three-year contract with the Jets worth more than $6 million. He was released by the Jets on February 19, 2009.

Cleveland Browns

Bowens was signed to a four-year, $7.2 million contract by the Cleveland Browns on March 10, 2009.[1] The move reunited him with head coach Eric Mangini, for whom he played while with the Jets. On October 24, 2010, he caught and returned two interceptions for touchdowns against the New Orleans Saints, one for 64 yards and another for 30 yards. These were vital plays and led to the Browns upset win over the Saints, 30-17.

On February 9, 2011, the Browns released Bowens.


  1. Jets Release Tight End Baker, February 20, 2009

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