Paul McGowan
Fullback / Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1966-01-13) January 13, 1966 (age 54)
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
Debuted in 1991 for the Birmingham Fire
Last played in 1997 for the Orlando Predators
Career history
* Minnesota Vikings ( 1988)*
Career highlights and awards
* Butkus Award (1987)
Stats at
Tackles     97
Sacks     17.0
Rushing attempts     139
Rushing yards     555
Rushing TDs     11
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 careerEdit

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 careerEdit

Minnesota VikingsEdit

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

Cleveland BrownsEdit

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

Birmingham FireEdit

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

Orlando PredatorsEdit

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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