DE Stephen Bowen Announces Retirement After 10 Years in the League

New York Jets’ DE Stephen Bowen announces retirement on Wednesday morning.

Throughout his 10-year career, Bowen has played for three teams. Bowen was signed to the Dallas Cowboys as an unrestricted free agent in 2006 out of Hofstra, where he became a reserve, and spent his first five seasons with America’s Team.

DE Stephen Bowen Announces RetirementAfter starting 11 games for Dallas, he promoted the Washington Redskins to sign him as a free agent at the end of his fifth season. Following the Cowboys, Bowen spent four seasons with the Redskins. In 2011, it was his first and best NFL season with Washington, in which he recorded a career-high six sacks and 21 tackles, and was voted by teammates to receive the the Ed Courage Block Award.

During the time, he was mourning over a personal tragedy, which included the passing of his 4-month old premature son, Skyler Bowen and shortly after, his mother-in-law, Muriel Johnson.

After enduring such a painful hardship, the Bowen family was motivated to start the Skyler’s Gift Foundation, a dedicated organization bringing hope to grieving families who have also lost their children as a result of the complications from premature birth.


He later rose to a key starter on the 2012 NFC east title team. He started all 16 games in his first two years with the team, before suffering knee issues which limited him to a combined 18 games in his final two seasons. His tenth and final season in the NFL, he spent with the New York Jets, where he started 1 game and appeared in 15.

Bowen, the Wheatley Heights, New York-native, played a total of 128 games, with 57 starts and accrued 175 tackles, 12.5 sacks, nine passes defensed, and one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

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