The Montreal Alouettes will be honouring retired defensive end John Bowman prior to their game on Saturday, Oct. 30 against the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
The 39-year-old recorded 46 total tackles, eight sacks, one interception, and one forced fumble with the Als in 2019 but was not offered a contract extension following the season. Though he was hoping to retire from the club on his own terms, Bowman denied that he holds any ill-will towards the team.
“If I felt I was done wrong or treated bad, I wouldn’t be returning,” Bowman told Herb Zurkowsky of The Montreal Gazette. “They wanted to change the direction. That’s completely okay. I have no resentment. I don’t disagree with them moving on. They believed they’d get more for their money going younger. That’s fine. It just wasn’t my choice.”
Bowman was a staple on Montreal’s defensive line for 14 seasons and is the club’s all-time leader in sacks with 134. He won two Grey Cups and was named an East Division all-star nine times.
The native of Brooklyn, N.Y. is currently living in Florida after selling his condo in Montreal. He plans to enter the workforce soon and continues to weigh his options, though he would love to start a career in coaching.
“I’d like to coach and leave my impression on players,” said Bowman. “One thing I was good at was football. Not to brag, but I wasn’t the best athlete, I wasn’t super fast or strong. I just knew how to play. As a coach, if I can relay that to a player it’s more impactful.”