For the first time in a long time, Cleveland Browns linebacker David Bowens was an afterthought on his team. There were rumors of the 12-year veteran being released after training camp, and although that didn't take place, Bowens was inactive or received little playing time in Cleveland's first six games.
But Bowens showed great professionalism by not complaining and staying ready. His number was called Sunday against the New Orleans Saints, and the veteran had two interceptions for touchdowns off Pro Bowl quarterback Drew Brees. Those plays proved to be the difference in Cleveland's 30-17 upset of the reigning Super Bowl champions.
Bowens, a backup, surprisingly scored more touchdowns (two) Sunday than the Browns' offense (one). His interception returns of 30 yards and 64 yards came in the second and fourth quarters, respectively. Bowens doubled his career total for interceptions, and it couldn't have come at a better time for Cleveland, which improved to 2-5 heading into its bye week.
The NFL is full of unpredictability, and Bowens proved that fortunes can change quickly by staying prepared. He set a good example for plenty of young players in Cleveland's locker room last week.