Former Oklahoma State, NFL lineman Michael Bowie makes most of his chances with Seahawks

Former OSU lineman landed at Northeastern State, then got a shot with Seattle. Now the Seahawks believe they have a valuable commodity.
by Berry Tramel Published: January 31, 2014

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Michael Bowie is a smart football player who did something stupid.

The smart has trumped the stupid.

Bowie is in the Super Bowl with the Seattle Seahawks, 18 months after getting booted from the OSU football team.

Violation of team rules, Mike Gundy called it.

Immaturity, Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable called it.

Not to be discussed, Bowie called it. “I just broke a couple of rules,” Bowie said during Super Bowl Media Day. “They're major in some people's eyes, minor in some people's eyes. Not going to talk about it.”

But here's what we can talk about. Bowie picked his football career off the trash heap, kept the NFL scouts interested and has made the most of chances afforded a seventh-round draft pick.

In August 2012, Bowie transferred to Northeastern State in Tahlequah and played well enough for the Seahawks to take a last-round flier on a 6-foot-4, 332-pound lineman from Sand Springs.

And the Seahawks could not be more pleased with Bowie.

“He's big and he's smart,” Cable said. “There's a talent there. When you watch him in his days at Oklahoma State, you can see a rare talent for an offensive lineman.

“We're always about trying to take young people and develop them. He's been a wonderful project and it's turned out very well.”

Here's how well. For the NFC's best team, Bowie made seven starts at right tackle, when Breno Giacomini was injured. Then in Week 16, Bowie started at right guard, for the injured J.R. Sweezy. And in the NFC semifinals, Bowie started at left guard, and no one was injured.

Cable told Seattle media that he was pleased with Bowie's play against the Saints, but the Seahawks mix and match on the O-line, so much so that Bowie ended up inactive for the NFC Championship Game.

So who knows how the Seahawks will use Bowie, or if they'll use Bowie, in the Super Bowl. But a 332-pound rookie who has shown the versatility to start at three positions on the offensive line has a bright future.

“Like gold,” Cable said of the value of a versatile lineman. “There aren't enough good offensive linemen. You're talking about a guy that's played four spots for us this year and done very well.”

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by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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