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Bennie Fowler III
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Fowler with the Denver Broncos
No. 13 – Chicago Bears
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1991-07-10) July 10, 1991 (age 26)
Beverly Hills, Michigan
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 212 lb (96 kg)
Career information
High school: Beverly Hills (MI) Detroit Country Day
College: Michigan State
Undrafted: 2014
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2017
Receptions: 56
Receiving yards: 698
Receiving touchdowns: 5
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Bennie Fowler III (born July 10, 1991) is an American football wide receiver for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Michigan State. He was signed by the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent in 2014.

High school career[edit]

Fowler attended Detroit Country Day School, where he was named to SuperPrep and PrepStar's All-Midwest Teams. He was also listed among the Midwest's top prospects by SuperPrep at No. 72, he was also rated among the nations top wide receivers by Scouts, Inc. at No. 80. He was also ranked among the state's top seniors by the Lansing State Journal at No. 15 overall, Rivals.com at No. 15 also, The Detroit News at No. 16, and the Detroit Free Press at No. 16. He was also named to the Detroit Free Press All-State Division 4 Team. He was also named All-State honorable mention as an all-purpose player by the Associated Press. He was also selected to the All-County Dream Team by The Oakland Press and All-North Team by The Detroit News.[1]

As a junior in 2007, Fowler missed five games during the season with a broken collarbone. For the season, he recorded 12 receptions for 265 yards and four touchdowns. As a senior in 2008, he accounted for a total of 1,478 all-purpose yards and 15 touchdowns. He recorded 32 receptions for 683 yards and six touchdowns. On defense, he recorded 16 tackles, three sacks, and three pass-break ups while returning five punts for 218 yards and five kickoffs for 122 yards.[1]

In his high school career, Fowler recorded 44 receptions for 903 yards and 10 touchdowns, he also rushed the ball 58 times for 542 yards and nine touchdowns.[1]

In addition to playing football, Fowler won the Oakland County 100-meter and state long jump titles in 2008. He was also a member of the Detroit Country Day School Yellow Jackets' 2007 state championship basketball team.[1]

College career[edit]

After graduating from high school, Fowler attended Michigan State where he majored in economics.

As a freshman in 2009, Fowler redshirted with a stress fracture in his foot. As a redshirt freshman, in 2010, he appeared in all 13 games and finished sixth on the team with 573 all-purpose yards. He recorded 14 receptions for 175 yards, and carried the ball seven times for 62 yards. He also returned 15 kickoffs for 336 yards. His return yards ranked second on the team behind Keshawn Martin. Fowler also recorded a career best 161 all-purpose yards against No. 15 Alabama in the 2011 Capital One Bowl. As a redshirt sophomore in 2011, he appeared in just five games due to a foot injury. He recorded two receptions for 20 yards and one carry for six yards. As a redshirt junior in 2012, he led the team with 524 receiving yards and four touchdowns and ranked second with 41 receptions. He also tied for the lead the team with seven receptions of 20-plus yards. As a redshirt senior in 2013, he again led the team in receiving yards, with 622 yards, and touchdowns, with six. He also ranked third on the team with 36 receptions. He finished second on the team with 10 receptions for 20-plus yards. Fowler's six touchdowns ranked sixth in the Big Ten in 2013.[1]

Career statistics[edit]

Season Receiving Rushing Fumbles
Year Team GP GS Rec Yds Avg TD Lng Att Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2009 Mich. St. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2010 Mich. St. 13 -- 14 175 12.5 1 39 7 62 8.9 -- 1 0 0
2011 Mich. St. 5 -- 2 20 10.0 0 -- 1 6 6.0 6 0 0 0
2012 Mich. St. 13 -- 41 524 12.7 4 -- 3 14 4.7 -- 0 0 0
2013 Mich. St. 12 -- 36 622 17.3 6 87 5 20 4.0 -- -- 0 0
Career 43 -- 93 1,341 14.4 11 87 16 102 6.4 -- 1 0 0

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 1 in
(1.85 m)
216 lb
(98 kg)
32 in
(0.81 m)
9 12 in
(0.24 m)
4.52 s 1.65 s 2.70 s 7.06 s 4.18 s 36 in
(0.91 m)
10 ft 6 in
(3.20 m)
18 reps
All values from NFL Combine/Michigan State's Pro Day[2]

Denver Broncos[edit]

2014 season[edit]

On May 10, 2014, the Denver Broncos signed Fowler to as an undrafted free agent to a one-year, $114,000 contract.[3][4] On August 30, 2014, he was waived by the Broncos as part of their final roster cuts. On August 31, 2014, he was signed to the practice squad.[5][6]

2015 season[edit]

On January 15, 2015, the Denver Broncos signed Fowler to a one-year, $550,000 reserve/future contract.[3]

Fowler played in all 16 regular season games for the Broncos, ending the 2015 season with 16 receptions for 203 yards. On February 7, 2016, Fowler was part of the Broncos team that won Super Bowl 50. In the game, the Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers by a score of 24–10. During the game, he caught a two-point conversion from quarterback Peyton Manning to make it a 14-point game late in the fourth quarter.[7][8]

On April 15, 2016, Fowler re-signed with the Broncos.[9]

2016 season[edit]

With Trevor Siemian as his new quarterback, Fowler recorded 11 receptions for 145 yards and two touchdowns in the 2016 season.

2017 season[edit]

On September 11, 2017, in the season opener against the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday Night Football, Fowler recorded a career-high two receiving touchdowns. In the 24–21 victory, he had three receptions for 21 yards.[10] He finished the season with a career-high 29 receptions for 350 yards and three touchdowns.

Chicago Bears[edit]

On April 13, 2018, Fowler signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears.[11]

Career statistics[edit]

Season Receiving Fumbles
Year Team GP GS Tgts Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2015 DEN 16 1 25 16 203 12.7 41 0 0 0
2016 DEN 13 0 24 11 145 13.2 76 2 0 0
2017 DEN 16 4 56 29 350 12.1 29 3 1 0
Career 45 5 105 56 698 12.5 76 5 1 0

Personal life[edit]

Bennie Fowler is the son of Bennie Fowler Jr. and Teresa Gueyser.[1] He has a younger brother, Chris Fowler, who played basketball at Central Michigan University. He is also longtime friends with Golden State Warriors power forward Draymond Green, who also attended Michigan State.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "BENNIE FOWLER". msuspartans.com. Retrieved August 30, 2016. 
  2. ^ "NFL Draft Profile: Bennie Fowler". NFL.com. Retrieved March 10, 2018. 
  3. ^ a b "Spotrac.com: Bennie Fowler earnings". spotrac.com. Retrieved March 10, 2018. 
  4. ^ Florio, Mike (May 11, 2014). "Broncos announce 15-man rookie free agent class". ProFootballTalk.NBCSports.com. Retrieved August 29, 2016. 
  5. ^ Griffith, Mike (April 16, 2016). "Bennie Fowler signs deal to return to Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos". MLive.com. Retrieved August 29, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b Legwold, Jeff (October 16, 2015). "Bennie Fowler makes most of chances to carve out role". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 29, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Super Bowl 50 - Denver Broncos vs. Carolina Panthers - February 7th, 2016". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 7 August 2017. 
  8. ^ "Broncos outlast Panthers, claim third Super Bowl title". NFL.com. 2015-07-21. Retrieved 7 August 2017. 
  9. ^ Wolfe, Cameron (April 15, 2016). "Bennie Fowler, Sam Brenner sign tenders to return to Broncos for 2016 season". Retrieved August 29, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Los Angeles Chargers at Denver Broncos - September 11th, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 12 September 2017. 
  11. ^ Williams, Charean (April 13, 2018). "Bears agree to terms with Bennie Fowler". ProFootballTalk.NBCSports.com. 

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