Cowan in August 2008
|Date of birth:March 23, 1986|
|Place of birth: Surrey, British Columbia|
|Undrafted in 2009|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
|* New Orleans Saints (2009)*|
|Career highlights and awards|
Patrick Edmund Cowan (born March 23, 1986 in Surrey, British Columbia) is a former American football quarterback. He was previously the starting quarterback at UCLA after starter Ben Olson was injured in the middle of the 2006 season. Cowan was a redshirt sophomore. His best game came when he went 12/21 for 124 yards when the Bruins upset the #2 USC Trojans on December 2, 2006. With the win, the Bruins qualified for the Emerald Bowl against Florida State. Cowan was 15/26 for 240 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the loss to Florida State.
Cowan and USC linebacker Rey Maualuga will be remembered in the tradition-filled UCLA-USC football rivalry for a violent sideline collision-tackle of Cowan in the 2nd Quarter of the 2006 game which was televised to a national audience. To Cowan's credit, after the collision he walked to his sideline unassisted, and returned to play the remainder of the contest. In the post-game day ESPN telecast, legendary college football coach Lou Holtz observed that the Maualuga tackle of Cowan was "the most violent tackle I have ever seen on a college football field".
Cowan ended his UCLA football career when he had a knee injury during the 2008 Spring practices. He served as an undergraduate assistant coach on the football team in 2008. He was eligible for the 2009 NFL draft, but was not selected. Following the draft he was signed and later released by the New Orleans Saints.
Pat Cowan played at UCLA alongside his brother, Joe Cowan. Cowan attended St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, California. Both brothers were born in Canada while their father Tim Cowan played quarterback for the BC Lions of the CFL. Patrick also served with the Peace Corps in Kenya. Pat Cowan is currently employed at his alma mater, UCLA, as Executive Director, Office of Regional Giving.