Lynn Bowden has played his last game at Kroger Field. He has not worn his No. 1 Kentucky jersey for the final time.
Shortly after Kentucky learned its bowl destination, Lynn Bowden revealed he will play in the Belk Bowl before foregoing his final season of eligibility to enter the NFL Draft. Some players have opted out of playing in bowl games to protect their draft stock, but it was never an option for Bowden.
“I like to do what I think is right and leaving them wouldn’t have been right,” he said Friday. “I made sure they knew before releasing anything that I was going to be with them one more time. We’re going to make the best out of it. ”
Mark Stoops spoke to Bowden about his NFL decision throughout the season. He never asked Bowden to play in one final game.
“Lynn made that decision,” said Kentucky’s head coach. “Who he is, the type of competitor he is and the way he loves playing football, the way he loves this university and the way he loves his teammates and coaches, it doesn’t surprise me. Once again, he’s very unselfish and wants to do what’s best, make his mark and leave his legacy the right way. I’m proud to have him.”
Opting to play in bowl games has become a trend of sorts at Kentucky. Benny Snell and Josh Allen could have waited for the 2019 NFL Draft, but still chose to play in the Citrus Bowl. Even though Bowden said he did not take their previous decisions into account when making his own, Stoops believes it reflects the type of culture that’s been established throughout the Joe Craft Football Training Facility.
“I think it says a lot about them. I think it does speak to the culture we’re trying to build and throughout all the years. It means a lot to me,” he said. “I think it does say a lot about the way they feel about the people here.”
In their final games as Wildcats, Snell and Allen went out with a bang. Josh recorded three sacks and blocked a field goal before Benny broke the school’s all-time rushing record. Those moments will not soon be forgotten by the Big Blue Nation. Bowden plans on leaving a similar lasting legacy in his final Kentucky football game.
“I can’t just leave out here, leave them here with one more game.” Bowden added, “The last impression is the best impression.”
Bowden was suited up for the Wildcats in their first bowl practice Friday afternoon. Enjoy sights and sounds from the action.
— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) December 14, 2019