Ken Bowman
No. 57
Personal information
Born: (1942-12-15) December 15, 1942 (age 79)
Milan, Illinois
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school:Rock Island (IL)
NFL Draft:1964 / Round: 8 / Pick: 111
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Fumble recoveries:3
Games played:123
Games started:51
Player stats at · PFR

Kenneth Brian Bowman (born December 15, 1942) is an American former professional football player. He played center in the National Football League for ten seasons, all with the Green Bay Packers. In his fourth NFL season in 1967, Bowman was the center during the winning play of the Ice Bowl in which Bart Starr scored the winning touchdown on a quarterback sneak in the final seconds for a third consecutive NFL title.[1]

Born and raised in Illinois, Bowman played college football at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. During his junior year in 1962, the Badgers were Big Ten Conference champions and played USC in the Rose Bowl.[2][3] Bowman was selected by the Packers in the eighth round of the 1964 NFL Draft and succeeded hall of famer Jim Ringo at center for the Packers as a rookie in 1964.

After his rookie season, Bowman attended law school part-time and earned a J.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1972.[1] During the 1974 players' strike, Bowman was the NFL players' union representative for the Packers,[4] and was picketing the first preseason scrimmage against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field in late July.[5] Along with a number of teammates, he was arrested,[6] and was placed on injured reserve with a phantom back injury and sat out the 1974 season. Bowman ended his 11-year professional career in 1975 in Honolulu with The Hawaiians of the struggling World Football League,[1] which folded on October 22.[7]

After football

Bowman returned to Wisconsin in 1975 and practiced law. He and his wife moved to Arizona in 1994 and in semi-retirement he served as a special magistrate for the City of Tucson, Town of Oro Valley, and Town of Marana.[1] He also serves on the Board of Regents of Concordia University Wisconsin.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d Hendricks, Martin (June 26, 2012). "Bowman didn't get the glory for Ice Bowl block". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  2. ^ Bochat, Rel (January 1, 1963). "This is it! Badgers, USC in big one". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 9, part 2.
  3. ^ Zimmermann, Paul (January 1, 1963). "Badgers bent on bowl vengeance; Wisconsin winless in two classics". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). (Los Angeles Times). p. 12.
  4. ^ Hofmann, Dale (July 24, 1974). "Scrimmage strike target". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 1, part 2.
  5. ^ Lea, Bud (July 26, 1974). "Packer pickets get heave-ho". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 1, part 2.
  6. ^ Kupper, Mike (July 26, 1974). "Arrests break peace in Green Bay". Milwaukee Journal. p. 9, part 2.
  7. ^ "WFL finally closes shop". Milwaukee Sentinel. wire services. October 23, 1975. p. 1, part 2.
  8. ^ "CUW Administration". Retrieved 31 March 2019.