Dave Rowe (American football)

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Dave Rowe
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Position: Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1945-06-20) June 20, 1945 (age 75)
Neptune City, New Jersey
Height:6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Weight:280 lb (127 kg)
Career information
High school: Deptford (NJ)
College: Penn State
NFL Draft: 1967  / Round: 2 / Pick: 53
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
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Player stats at PFR

David Homeyer Rowe (born June 20, 1945 in Neptune City, New Jersey) is a former American football defensive tackle in the NFL and sports commentator.


Football career

Rowe played high school football at Deptford Township High School and college football at Penn State, [1] where he was on the first team coached by Joe Paterno. [2]

He was a second-round draft pick for the New Orleans Saints, where he played for four seasons and was picked for the Pro Bowl in his second season. Following a change of head coaches at the Saints, Rowe was traded to the New England Patriots in 1971, where he played for three seasons under three different coaches. After one full season with the San Diego Chargers, where he served as team captain, he was traded to the Oakland Raiders one game into the 1975 season; the Raiders went on to win Super Bowl XI the following season. He spent his last season with the Baltimore Colts. [2]

Broadcasting career

After retiring from the NFL in 1979, Rowe worked as a sportscaster for NBC Sports on its Sportsworld series, where he covered sumo, weightlifting and other "non-traditional" sports. In 1987, Rowe was the color analyst alongside Gayle Sierens, who became the first female NFL play-by-play announcer when she called a Seattle Seahawks Kansas City Chiefs matchup for NBC. He later broadcast college football games for Raycom and Jefferson Pilot, and won an Emmy Award for his last broadcast, where he provided commentary on a game between Central Michigan and Georgia in 2008. [2]

Personal life

Rowe is a devout Christian and co-founded the Professional Athletes Outreach ministry with eleven other NFL players; he also spoke on two Billy Graham crusades and attended a White House prayer breakfast. [3]

Rowe lived in Asheboro, North Carolina from 1975 to 2007, when he moved to Boone, North Carolina. [2]

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  1. Dave Rowe Archived 2007-09-30 at the Wayback Machine , database Football. Accessed October 6, 2007.
  2. 1 2 3 4 "Super Bowl champ Rowe still living dream life". The Courier-Tribune. Retrieved 2019-01-24.
  3. Shyrock, Bob. "Football star and devout Christian to speak at Gloucester County Mayor's Prayer Breakfast". NJ.com. Retrieved 2019-01-24.