Background and college
Born July 3, 1977 in Denver, Colorado, Bowens attended St. Mary's Preparatory in Orchard Lake, Michigan and was a letterman in football, basketball, and track and field. In basketball, he won All-State honors. Bowens started his college career at the University of Michigan for two seasons before he transferred to Western Illinois. He majored in accounting.
Before the Jets
Bowens was originally drafted in the fifth round (158th overall) of the 1999 NFL Draft by Denver. In February 2000, Bowens was traded to Green Bay in exchange for a seventh round pick. After playing for a season in Green Bay, Bowens was traded to Buffalo in August 2001, but was waived at the start of September. The following day, he was signed by Washington, but only lasted 3 weeks before being released. A month later, Bowens signed for Miami, where he played until 2006.
As a Jet
On March 27 2007, Bowens agreed to terms on a three-year contract with the Jets. In his first season as a Jet, Bowens became the first Jet to block a punt, recover the block and return it for a touchdown since Chris Burkett in 1991. He also had 2.5 sacks. In 2008, Bowens had 4 sacks and an interception.
In 2005 Bowens created "The David Bowens Foundation" to help kids who suffer from asthma and cystic fibrosis, and he also helped raise more than $20,000 for victims of Hurricane Katrina.