Charleston Hughes isn’t the only veteran pass rusher facing big changes this season.
Future Hall of Famer John Bowman took to Instagram Thursday to post a cryptic photo about his future. The image of Bowman exiting a smoke-filled gameday tunnel is accompanied by the caption “It’s been a pleasure” as well as the ‘peace out’ emoji.
The 38-year old defensive end has played 14 season in Montreal but is currently a pending free agent with his contract set to expire on February 9. It is unclear if his post simply eludes to an exit from the Alouettes or an official retirement.
Whatever Bowman decides, his remarkable career has cemented him among the pantheon of CFL greats. Bowman has played in 230 career games, making 451 tackles, 134 sacks, 32 forced fumbles, one interception and one defensive touchdown. He is a two-time Grey Cup champion (2009 and 2010) and been named a league all-star twice (2010 and 2015). The Brooklyn native is the Montreal’s all-time sack leader.
Barely slowed by age, he played 16 regular season games in 2019, making 45 tackles, eight sacks one forced fumble and one interception. He was named an East Division all-star for his efforts, helping lead an improved Montreal defence. Bowman has indicated an interest in coaching post-retirement.
Whether this is a final goodbye or simply a see-you-later, Alouettes fans will no doubt shed a tear knowing the bedrock of their team has suited up in La Belle Province for the final time.