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Dwayne Bowe

Bowe during a game against the Browns
No. 82     Kansas City Chiefs
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: September 21, 1984 (1984-09-21) (age 25)
Place of birth: Miami, Florida
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 221 lb (100 kg)
Career information
College: Louisiana State
NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23
Debuted in 2007 for the Kansas City Chiefs
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 15, 2009
Receptions     202
Receiving Yards     2,600
Receiving TDs     16
Stats at NFL.com

Dwayne Lorenzo Bowe (born September 21, 1984 in Miami, Florida) is an American football wide receiver for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Chiefs 23rd overall in the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at Louisiana State.

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Early years

Born to an unmarried mother living in Miami, Florida and a largely absent father, with a drug problem, Dwayne Bowe and his older brother Wayne were raised by their paternal grandparents, Kim and Dorothy Williams, since Dwayne was only months old. At Parkway Middle school, Bowe struggled with school, gangs, and fighting. Bowe grew into a big and athletic teenager but was not involved in many sports. It wasn't until his junior year in high school that Bowe had a life-changing experience. Bowe was beaten badly during a nightclub fight which caused him to spend the entire night in the hospital. Dwayne decided to give up fighting and joined the highschool football team. In his very first game, Bowe returned a kickoff 101 yards for a touchdown. Dwayne hasn't stopped making plays since that day and received a college scholarship offer from Nick Saban to play for Louisiana State University at the end of the year. His coach, Nigel Dunn, said "Dwayne was the best kick returner that I've ever seen"!

Dwayne Bowe during his tenure at LSU.

Professional career

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2007 NFL Draft

Regarded as one of the top wide receivers available in the 2007 NFL Draft,[1] Bowe drew comparisons to Hines Ward.[2] He was selected 23rd overall by the Kansas City Chiefs. Alongside his former teammates JaMarcus Russell and Craig Davis, the trio became the first quarterback/wide receiving group to be selected in the -3 round.

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20 ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6-2¼ * 221 lb * 4.40 * 1.57 * 2.69 * 4.35 * 6.81 * 33 in. * 10'5" * X X

(* represents LSU Pro Day)[2]

Kansas City Chiefs

2007

On August 5, 2007, Bowe signed a five-year contract with the Chiefs, after holding out the first week of practice at training camp.[3]

Bowe scored his first NFL touchdown on a pass from Damon Huard in the first half of the Chiefs' game against the Chicago Bears on September 16, 2007.

In his rookie season, Bowe led all first-year receivers in receptions (70), yards (995), and touchdowns (6). His reception and yardage totals set franchise records for Chiefs' rookie receivers. Bowe also set the team's single-game rookie receiving record with 164 yards against the San Diego Chargers on September 30, 2007. Bowe was in contention for the Rookie of the Year Award for his performance in 2007 (the award was eventually given to Minnesota Vikings halfback Adrian Peterson).

2008

In the Chiefs first game of the 2008 season, Bowe recorded five receptions for forty–nine yards, but he also dropped 4 passes, including a game–tying catch in the endzone on first and goal.[4 ] He went on to obtain 1,022 yards receiving and ended the season 10th in the NFL with 86 receptions (the same number of receptions Jerry Rice had in his second year, though he earned more yards). In his last game of the 2008 season Bowe gained 103 yards with 10 receptions.

2009

Playing with new QB Matt Cassel, Bowe's stats were down through 10 weeks in 2009 (466 yards, 4TD's). On November 17, 2009, Bowe was suspended for 4 games for an NFL drug violation. He had taken a diuretic, which can be used as a masking agent to disguise anabolic steroid use. He says that he asked his grandmother for cramp medicine, but his grandmother mixed her medicines up and sent him the wrong one. Bowe says that there is no way to prove this story, but people should believe him because of his reputation.[1] [4 ] On December 16, Bowe had his suspension lifted and is now able to play on the active roster.

Personal

As revealed in an episode of the HBO series Hard Knocks: Training Camp With The Kansas City Chiefs, Bowe is a relative of Bobby Sippio, who was also with the Chiefs at the time. Bowe is also the cousin of NFL player Ali Highsmith (Arizona Cardinals), also a former Louisiana State University player.

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