Former Kansas City Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe spent eight of his nine seasons in the NFL with the Chiefs. During that time, he was a top target on the Chiefs offense. Though Bowe had success on the field with the Chiefs, they had a few seasons where they were one of the worst teams in the league.
A look at Dwayne Bowe’s NFL career
After playing at LSU and winning a BCS national championship, the Chiefs selected Bowe with the 23rd overall pick in the 2007 NFL draft. Bowe signed a five-year contract with the Chiefs in August of 2007. He put together an impressive rookie season leading all first-year receivers in receptions (70), yards (995), and touchdowns (6). Bowe set franchise records for Chiefs’ rookie receivers in receptions and yardage totals. During the 2007 season, he set the team’s single-game rookie receiving record with 164 yards against the San Diego Chargers.
Bowe was named to the PFWA All-Rookie Team after putting together an impressive season. He continued to put up significant numbers throughout his career. In his second season, he finished with 1,022 receiving yards and finished fourth in the league in receptions with 86. During the 2010 season, Bowe got off to a slow start, only catching nine passes through the first four games. But as the season progressed, he started to pick up the pace. In a game against the Denver Broncos, he set new career-highs for receptions and receiving yards. He finished the game with 13 catches for 186 yards.
Bowe went on to set a new Chiefs franchise record with seven consecutive games with a touchdown reception. He also broke the Chiefs’ franchise record for most touchdowns in a single season with 15, leading the league that year. Bowe was selected to his first and only Pro Bowl during the 2010 season, and he was named a second-team All-Pro.
Bowe finished his NFL career with the Cleveland Browns
After eight seasons in Kansas City, the Chiefs released Bowe in March of 2015. He finished with 532 receptions for 7,155 yards and 44 touchdowns during his time with the Chiefs. A few days later, after the Chiefs released him, Bowe signed a two-year contract with the Cleveland Browns.
As a Browns member, Bowe did not receive much playing time, only appearing in seven games. He finished the season with five receptions for 56 yards. The Browns released Bowe in March of 2016, and three years later, he officially announced his retirement after signing a one-day ceremonial contract with the Chiefs.
Bowe really wanted to play with Patrick Mahomes
When the Chiefs won the Super Bowl in 2020, it was a dream come true for the fans as they finally had the chance to celebrate. During the parade, Bowe made an appearance and did a short interview with 41 Action News. As a former member of the Chiefs, Bowe was excited to see the team he started his career with win a title.
During the interview, Bowe was asked what it would have been like to catch passes from Mahomes. When he heard that question, Bowe immediately became excited as he answered the question. “Oh my Gosh, I’m still having dreams about that,” Bowe said. “I would have gave one of my legs to play with Mahomes.” With the success that Mahomes has had since he entered the league, it’s not surprising to hear Bowe talk about making that kind of sacrifice to play with him. It would have been a sight to see watching Mahomes and Bowe play together.