If you’ve ever spent any time with John Bowman, you know right away that he’s the kind of guy you want to be around. The veteran defensive lineman will return for one more season with the Montreal Alouettes in 2018.
Amiable, funny and a great dresser, Bowman has never shied away from the spotlight. Then again, the Als have never wanted him to, either.
Already the club’s all-time sack leader with 121, Bowman proved in 2017 that he had plenty left in the tank. At 35 years of age, the veteran had 9 sacks this past season, good for third in the league.
What made it all the more special was that Bowman played part of the year with a broken wing!
The six-foot three, 250-lb American has made Montreal his home for most of his 12-year career in the CFL. Despite only officially re-signing in mid-February, Bowman continued to make appearances in the community on behalf of the team this offseason. To his credit, Bowman has always embraced the Canadian way of life, even taking to the sport of hockey.
I had advocated in a previous 3DownNation column that the team could ill afford to lose such a valuable on- and off-field ambassador this offseason, coming off yet another brutal regular season.
There aren’t a lot of negative qualities or aspects to the player. He leads by example, is coach-friendly and has a great, fun personality. The Alouettes really scored here by bringing back a tremendous go-between for new coach Sherman and the players.
Bowman himself has recently stated that it’s been harder to get up for training this offseason. But winning does cure all. If he sees that the club is headed in the right direction then look for him to equal or surpass his 2017 numbers.
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