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John Rowser

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Position: Defensive back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1944-04-24) April 24, 1944 (age 71)
Place of birth: Birmingham, Alabama
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Career information
College: Michigan
NFL draft: 1967 / Round: 3 / Pick: 78
Career history
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Games played: 127
Games started: 79
Interceptions: 26
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

John Felix Rowser (born April 24, 1944) was an American football player. He played college football for the University of Michigan as a halfback and cornerback from 1963 to 1966. He also played professional football as a defensive back for ten seasons in the National Football League (NFL) from 1967 to 1976. He was a part of the Green Bay Packers Super Bowl II championship team. During his 10 years in the NFL, Rowser appeared in 127 games, 79 as a starter, and intercepted 26 passes for 444 return yards and four touchdowns. He also recovered six fumbles.

Early years

Rowswer was born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1944.[1] He attended Eastern High School in Detroit, Michigan.[2][3]

University of Michigan

Rowser enrolled at the University of Michigan in 1962 and played college football for head coach Bump Elliott's Michigan Wolverines football teams from 1963 to 1966.[2] As a senior, he started all 10 games at cornerback and three games at left halfback for the 1966 Michigan Wolverines football team that compiled a 6-4 record, outscored opponents 236-138, and finished in third place in the Big Ten Conference.[4] Used principally on defense, he gained only 82 yards on 24 carries (3.4 yards per carry) as an offensive player.[5]

Professional football

Rowser was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the third round (78th overall pick) of the 1967 NFL Draft.[1] He signed with the Packers in March 1967,[6] and appeared in 42 regular season games for the Packers from 1967 to 1969 and also played for the Packers in Super Bowl II victory over the Oakland Raiders.[1]

In March 1970, the Packers traded Rowser to Pittsburgh Steelers in exchange for tight end John Hilton.[7] Rowser played for the Steelers for four years from 1970 to 1973, appearing in 47 games, including 42 as the team's starting left cornerback.[1]

In 1974, Rowser joined the Denver Broncos. He remained with the Broncos for three seasons from 1974 to 1976, appearing in 38 games, including 37 games as a starter at the left cornerback (1974) and free safety (1975-1976) positions.[1] Rowser cleared waivers and was released by the Broncos in June 1977.[8]

During his 10 years in the NFL, Rowser appeared in 127 games, 79 as a starter, and intercepted 26 passes for 444 return yards and four touchdowns. He also recovered six fumbles.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f "John Rowser". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 25, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "All-Time Football Roster Database". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Frenchy Rambles With Words, Too". The Pittsburgh Press. November 21, 1971. p. 35. 
  4. ^ "1966 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved March 25, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Michigan Football Statistic Archive Query Page". University of Michigan. Retrieved March 23, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Green Bay Signs John Rowser". Toledo Blade (AP story). March 31, 1967. p. 31. 
  7. ^ "Packers Trade John Rowser". The Spokesman-Review (AP story). March 1, 1970. p. 2. 
  8. ^ "Broncos drop Lyon, Rowser". Southeast Missourian (AP story). June 7, 1977. p. 12.