John Bowman’s return to the Alouettes is a blessing

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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Matthew Ross

Matthew Ross

Matthew Ross is a radio host on TSN 690 Montreal and has contributed to the Montreal Gazette, MLB.com and AskMen.com. He's a native Montrealer and misses watching Anthony Calvillo just like everyone else.
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10 Comments on John Bowman’s return to the Alouettes is a blessing

  1. I do hope he does still have gas in the tank!!!

  2. As a Tiger-Cat and CFL fan I’m glad he’s staying for a another year.
    Class guy

    • He is a solid guy. After all of Hebert’s garbage over the past three weeks it is nice to read that there is a vet who is loyal to the cause. Montreal will regain its place in the CFL as the beast of the East.

      • Billinburlington // February 19, 2018 at 7:52 pm //

        Great points. Every team needs a few player- leaders in the locker room. I do hope the Als have a better season this year… so long as they don’t beat the Cats. I really want to see parity between the East and the West and an improved Montreal team would be needed to make it happen.

        • “Montreal will regain its place in the CFL as the beast of the East”

          Maybe. One day. After Kavis Reed and the Wetenhalls are a bitter memory, and the team is in the hands of competents that know what they’re doing.

  3. How hard is it too be “tsn radio host” these days? Apparently not that hard and then you contribute to a lame duck website with an article here and there. Canadian journalism at its finest I guess! D’s get degrees as they say haha.

  4. So called article is not much more than ass-kissing to a buddy. Montreal should be looking to the future with youth, not the past with those you remember from your childhood.

  5. If last season made him cry what’s this season going to look like

  6. Sacks are not the be all and end all of being a dlinean. The Alouettes pressured the opposing quarterback as rarely as any line in the CFL last year. Hey…they even had the least sacks, Bowman notwithstanding.
    The Alouettes better have some hidden young talent at rush end. Despite the sacks total, Bowman ain’t got it done in years.

  7. Hopefully the Alouettes have signed some talent to keep the tradition Anwar Stewart began when he took Bowman under his wing. I’d be fine with Bowman taking a reduced # of snaps and teaching up some youngins. But if John Bowman is “it” at rush end, WE ARE IN BIG TROUBLE.

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