Background and college
Born January 23, 1986 in Santa Cruz, California, Lowery attended Soquel High School in Soquel, California where he was an All Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League running back for the Knights during his senior year. Lowery broke the school's scoring record for a single season (25 touchdowns) and the County's single game scoring record (7 TD; 5 rushing, 1 receiving and a returned interception for the games final score). Lowery was an All-League defensive back his junior and senior year having 20 interceptions in 20 games. Lowery also played basketball and was a 3 year starter on the varsity squad. He earned league MVP honors his junior year, and lead his team into the Central Coast Section Playoffs.
He previously attended Cabrillo College in Aptos, California where he played free safety and special teams for the Seahawks. During Lowery's Freshman season at the junior college, he received All State defensive back honors and lead California in INTs (9). His Sophomore season was cut short with a hand injury but he still managed four more interceptions in the games following the injury. He left Cabrillo with 13 picks in 15 games. He also led the state in return yards in 2004. Lowery was a two time All-America selection AFCA and FWAA All-America cornerback for San José State University. Lowery led the nation in 2006 with 9 interceptions, a record for San Jose. In his senior season at San Jose State University Lowery recorded 4 interceptions and 7 broken up passes to go along with 44 tackles. Lowery was named to the all-WAC team in 2007. In the post-season 83rd East-West Shrine Game, Lowery had 2 interceptions.
As a Jet
Lowery was taken by the Jets with the fourteenth pick of the fourth round (113th overall) in the 2008 NFL Draft. On August 7, 2008, Lowery scored the go ahead touchdown on a 62-yard punt return in a preseason football game against the Cleveland Browns.