Ken Bowman

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Ken Bowman
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born December 15, 1942 in Milan , Illinois
Career information
Active : 1964 - 1973
NFL Draft : 1964 / Round: 8 / Pick: 111
College : University of Wisconsin
Career statistics
Seasons     10
Games     123
Fumbles secured     2
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Career highlights and awards

Kenneth Brian "Ken" Bowman (born December 15, 1942 in Milan , Illinois ) is a retired American American football player. He played center with the Green Bay Packers in the National Football League (NFL).


Bowman grew up in Chicago and was a four-year student at the University of Wisconsin in Madison , where he already played as a center with the Wisconsin Badgers . In 1962 he was able to move into the Rose Bowl with his team . The game was lost 37:42 against the University of Southern California . The following year, the Badgers could only win five of their nine games and therefore could not qualify for a bowl game. Bowman nevertheless drew the attention of the NFL and AFL scouts to himself.

Professional time

In the 1964 NFL Draft , Bowman was drawn 111th by the Packers in the eighth round. At the same time, the New York Jets showed interest in Bowman and drew him in the 10th round in 75th place in the AFL Draft. NFL and AFL were not yet united and competed for the best players. Bowman decided to sign a contract in Green Bay . The Packers were one of the best football teams of the time and were coached by Vince Lombardi . Bowman played at Green Bay as the center of quarterback Bart Starr . Together with his team he was able to win the 1965 NFL Championship Game against the Cleveland Browns with 23:12. The Packers won the championship against the Dallas Cowboys in the next two years, winning in 1966 with 34:27 and in 1967 in the so-called Ice Bowl with 21:17. With the two victories, they each moved into the AFL-NFL Championship Game, which was later renamed the Super Bowl . Both Super Bowl I and Super Bowl II could each be won - with 35:10 against the Kansas City Chiefs and with 33:14 against the Oakland Raiders .

Bowman's stint in the Ice Bowl became a high point in his career. With 16 seconds to go, the Packers were down 14:17 against the Cowboys. After the pass by Bowman, he and Jerry Kramer managed to block Bart Starr's way into the opposing end zone. Through the touchdown of the game Starr could then be recovered even with 21:14.

1973 Bowman ended his career after 123 games in the regular season after ten seasons.


Bowman is a member of the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame .

After the career

After his playing career, he worked as a lawyer in his own law firm in Green Bay and later moved to Arizona .

Web links


  • Jens Plassmann: NFL - American Football. The game, the stars, the stories (= Rororo 9445 rororo Sport ). Rowohlt, Reinbek near Hamburg 1995, ISBN 3-499-19445-7 .

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Pro Football Reference: 1964 AFL Draft. Accessed April 2, 2017 .