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Zack Bowman

Zackary Bowman
Bowman in the 2011 NFL season.
No. 38     Chicago Bears
Personal information
Date of birth: (1984-11-18) November 18, 1984 (age 29)
Place of birth: Columbia, South Carolina
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)Weight: 193 lb (88 kg)
Career information
College: Nebraska
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 5 / Pick: 142
Debuted in 2008 for the Chicago Bears
Career history

Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 6, 2013

Zackary Bowman (born November 18, 1984) is an American football cornerback, for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Bears in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Nebraska.

Early years

Bowman attended Batesburg - Leesville High in Batesburg,South Carolina and later attended Bartlett High School in Anchorage, Alaska and graduated in 2003.

College career

After Bowman attended New Mexico Military Institute, he attended University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In his two seasons at Nebraska Bowman had a total of 56 tackles, 20 pass break ups, 3 interceptions, and he played in 22 games, 9 of which he started.

Bowman had to redshirt the 2006 season due to torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee on the third day of fall practice and missed the season.

Professional career

First stint with Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears selected in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He made the team's opening day roster but was relegated to the practice squad to make room for guard Dan Buenning, who was acquired in a trade.[1] The Bears signed Bowman off the practice squad in week seven, after their top three cornerbacks were ruled out of a game against the Minnesota Vikings due to injuries. Bowman played a crucial role in the Bears victory over the Vikings by recovering a fumbled punt in the endzone for a touchdown. Bowman sustained an injury in the fourth quarter, which should have left him sidelined for the remainder of the game, but he insisted on returning due to the Bears shallow depth at the cornerback position. He recorded his first career interception upon returning, which also prevented the Vikings from engineering a last second touchdown drive. Bowman required surgery to repair the injury he sustained during the game,[2] and was placed on the team's injury reserve for the remainder of the season. His efforts during the week merited him the "NFC Special Teams Player of the Week" Award.[3]

In training camp 2009, coaches were very impressed with Bowman's abilities and play on the practice field. Despite missing most of the preseason with a hamstring injury, Bowman was expected to be a key part of the Bears secondary in 2009 with teammates Nathan Vasher and Charles Tillman.[4]

In Week 2 of the regular season, Bowman took over Vasher's starting spot at cornerback. He recorded 66 tackles, six interceptions, and one forced fumble over the course of the season.[5]

During the Bears 2010 mini camp, head coach Lovie Smith announced that Bowman would replace Charles Tillman as the team's left side cornerback. In a typical Cover 2 defense, team's will usually place their best cornerback on the left side of their defensive formations.[6]

Minnesota Vikings

Bowman signed a one-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings on March 26, 2012.[7] On September 2, 2012, he was waived to make room for A. J. Jefferson.[8]

Second stint with Chicago Bears

Bowman was later resigned by the Bears.[9] In Week 16 against the Arizona Cardinals, Bowman recovered Beanie Wells' fumble in the endzone for a Bears touchdown, as the Bears won 28-13.[10] In 2013, Bowman was an unrestricted free agent, but signed a one-year deal with the Bears.[11]


Bowman was a sociology major and earned his degree in December 2007. He and his wife, Alicia, have been together since 2005.


External links

  • Chicago Bears bio
  • Nebraska Cornhuskers bio

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