Joe Bowden
Date of birth: (1970-02-25) February 25, 1970 (age 51)
Place of birth: Dallas, Texas
Career information
Position(s): Linebacker
College: Oklahoma
NFL Draft: 1992 / Round: 5 / Pick: 133
 As player:
Houston Oilers
Tennessee Oilers/Titans
Dallas Cowboys
Playing stats at

Joe Tarrod Bowden III (born February 25, 1970 in Dallas, Texas) 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.

College career

Bowden attended North Mesquite High School in Mesquite, Texas. He then attended the University of Oklahoma, gaining All-American honors as a senior.

Professional career

Bowden was drafted in the fifth round of the 1992 NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers. He played five seasons with the Oilers, then made the move with the franchise to Tennessee in 1997. He played three years with Tennessee, starting at outside linebacker for the Titans in Super Bowl XXXIV. He concluded his playing career with the Dallas Cowboys in 2000.

Bowden is currently linebacker coach for the St. Louis Rams in the NFL.


In 1998, Bowden married Malika (Welch) and they have two daughters, Sydney and Cheyenne. He has one son, Jaylon who also plays football in Texas. Jaylon is following in the footsteps of his father.

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