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Lynn Bowden Opens Up about an Unfair Rookie Season

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(Photo by Mark Brown / Getty Images)

Lynn Bowden Jr. has never been dealt a fair hand, and that’s something he still had to overcome in 2020–from his days in Youngstown, OH, even up to his rookie season in the NFL.

Aside from his time at Kentucky, Bowden has been counted out, prejudged, and sometimes even straight up disrespected.

In a recent interview with Tyler Dunne, Bowden opened up about his life and primarily his unique rookie season. Drafted by the Las Vegas Raiders in April of 2020, Bowden had all of his dreams laid out in front of him–but in typical Raider fashion, they completely screwed up the Lynn Bowden experiment.

It’s fair to say most Kentucky fans already know about Bowden’s upbringing that brought him to Lexington in 2017. About how Bowden definitely could have fallen to the streets of one of America’s most dangerous cities in Youngstown. About how his son, Lynn III, and his time at Kentucky helped change his life, his relationship with Vince Marrow, and that maturation process that would ensue. Not many folks around the country do, however. In fact, not many people know what Bowden was going through during an unfair rookie season.

Bowden felt like he was under a microscope after the raid at his Grandmother’s house last June, something he thought ruined his career. Trying to escape the image of misconceived image of gangbanger his whole life, Bowden felt like he had yet another hurdle to overcome after the raid in Youngstown nearly a year ago, but the Raiders had no part in getting to know one of college football’s most explosive players.

Bowden finally opened up about the raid in the interview with Dunne.

“Boom! They kick the door in,” Bowden says. “They’ve got the guns in my son’s face because he jumps up scared and runs. There are guns in his face and I’m like, ‘He’s got nothing to do with it!’”

The raid was on. Authorities detained Bowden in handcuffs on the porch, and didn’t find anything beyond Bowden’s registered guns. No drugs. Nothing illegal. He wasn’t arrested, nor charged with any crimes. The damage was done, of course. The second Bowden looked outside, he was shocked to see a horde of news cameras. He says the media was on site right at 7 a.m., thus believes they were tipped off so police could make a show of this all, of him.

After this event, Bowden felt the Raiders skeptically evaluating Bowden, but Bowden still insisted on doing what he could to carve out a path in the league, even if it meant moving to running back. Despite setting numerous rushing records as a quarterback in 2019, Bowden had no business playing running back.

Aside from a few packages in college, he had never played the position. Not to mention, at a smidge under two bills there is no way he could pick up a 300 lb edge rusher. But, in typical Gruden fashion, he had a notion about Bowden and that wasn’t going to change.

Not only did the Raiders mistreat Bowden on the field, but off the field relationships with the Raiders were even worse. For instance, the Raiders never once discussed the raid at Bowden’s grandmother’s house with Bowden. They tried to put Bowden on A.D.H.D. medication, despite Bowden never acting out publicly or privately. Raiders special team coach Rich Bisaccia even got pissed at Bowden for buying his own mother a car.

“He’d say, ‘Yeah, Lynn just bought these cars and he doesn’t even know if he’s on the team,’” Bowden says. “It’s my money. Why wouldn’t I buy my Mom a car? … So, that says a lot about them.”

The final straw obviously came when the Raiders gave up on Bowden in Week 1 of the 2020 NFL season, trading the third-round pick for chump change.

But, it was the change Bowden needed if he was going to thrive because the Raiders would have done nothing but waste one of the most athletic players in the NFL. However, Raiders GM Mike Mayock coming out and claiming Bowden was a ‘bad influence’ on other rookies was anything but fair.

“One of them was like, ‘They’re trying to slander your name,’” Bowden says. “They knew me! They knew I didn’t come outside. There was nothing about me that was a bad influence. I already knew the spotlight was on me. I knew I was under a MIKE-ROW-SCOPE. So why would I f— it up? Why would I f— it up? I just got raided.”

Much to the chagrin of Bowden, Marrow, and the rest of the BBN, Bowden looked to prove the Raiders’ misconceptions wrong. And he did.

After seeing some late-season action in Miami, Bowden hauled in 27 catches and expects a major jump from year one to year two in the NFL, and that’s something the BBN knows all about.

Bowden is one of the NFL’s true hidden gems, who if given a chance with a star-studded dolphin receiving room, can shine in South Beach.

Check out this truly eye-opening story over at

Article written by Brent Wainscott

Twitter: @BrentWainscott_

28 Comments for Lynn Bowden Opens Up about an Unfair Rookie Season

  1. 4evrUKBlue
    6:37 pm May 30, 2021 Permalink

    Behind you 100% LBJ, we all know here in BBN you will never quit or give up. Go kick ass!

  2. Biggie71
    6:58 pm May 30, 2021 Permalink

    The Raiders suck, always have and Gruden got lucky benefiting from Dungy’s hard work. LBJ should be thrilled he got out of there as quickly as he did.

    • CLegend33
      5:26 pm June 1, 2021 Permalink

      In fairness, UK has always sucked a lot worse than the Raiders, so your statement is non-sense.

  3. chrisblue
    7:17 pm May 30, 2021 Permalink

    Always hated the Raiders and the California politics. How dare the Raiders, A.K.A. The gathering of felons of the NFL pass judgment on Lynn. Keep your head up, be a good father to your son and use what Vince taught you….. Bark loud and bite harder!!!!

  4. bbn606
    7:18 pm May 30, 2021 Permalink

    Bowden will make any team better that he is on.

  5. nocode96
    7:32 pm May 30, 2021 Permalink

    This is rich coming from the raiders, arguably the most equated pro sports team with criminals and playing dirty. F em LBJ!

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      11:51 am May 31, 2021 Permalink

      Hell they have one of the most dangerous fan bases, I don’t know if it’s that way in Vegas but in Cali they’d about beat someone to death .

  6. eyebleedblue
    8:52 pm May 30, 2021 Permalink

    Fair is a place with rides and food, this is life. Time to mature and be a pro or move on.

    • Ryan Lemonds Toupee
      9:52 pm May 30, 2021 Permalink

      Agree. He need to STFU and grow up while focusing on his job/career/paycheck

    • Soylentbeans
      12:04 am May 31, 2021 Permalink

      Yeah god forbid someone talks about things they’ve been thru. Good lord yall couldn’t suck any harder if you tried. But what should I expect from people who probably got a FAIR shake in life.

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      2:54 am May 31, 2021 Permalink

      Ignore them soy, they’ve been trolling on here for a while.

  7. kjd
    11:15 pm May 30, 2021 Permalink

    Bottom line: He ended up in a better situation in Miami. He’s in the NFL and being paid. Be thankful and continue to work.

  8. ibescootch
    12:31 am May 31, 2021 Permalink

    This was difficult to read. Like, someone really needs to edit these articles for grammar, spelling, and clarity prior to them going out.

    • friendsofcoal
      1:28 am May 31, 2021 Permalink

      I didn’t see to have any problems reading but I read pretty fast and don’t pay much attention to grammar, spelling and so on.

    • satcheluk
      11:04 am May 31, 2021 Permalink

      Here you go friend: “Much to the chagrin of Bowden, Marrow, and the rest of the BBN, Bowden looked to prove the Raiders’ misconceptions wrong.” I very rarely point out simple grammar issues, but this sentence is unacceptable. The action of proving the Raiders wrong would cause no chagrin. Actually, quite the opposite. Maybe try: Bowden, along with Marrow and the rest of BBN, felt chagrined by the mistreatment he received from the Raiders and he has since dedicated himself to proving them wrong.

    • ibescootch
      10:41 pm May 31, 2021 Permalink

      The whole thing reads like a rough draft where the writer was still working out their thoughts, but hit ‘Submit’ instead.

    • itsfootballtimeinthebluegrass
      9:11 am May 31, 2021 Permalink

      lol ur funny….this is KSR. If a post doesn’t have spelling errors and grammatical mistakes it goes through editing again to make sure there are at least 3-5 blemishes and then they post it. Where have you been?

    • CLegend33
      5:30 pm June 1, 2021 Permalink

      Friends of Coal,
      You also do not spell very well yourself, so it will be harder for you to even know there was mistakes in the story. Just look at your own comment. It was one sentence long and was filled with elementary-school errors and misspellings.

      You didn’t SEE to have any problems?

  9. ryang1234
    2:49 am May 31, 2021 Permalink

    “Much to the chagrin of Bowden, Marrow, and the rest of the BBN, Bowden looked to prove the Raiders’ misconceptions wrong.” First I’ve ever heard chagrin in that context.

    • ClutchCargo
      3:33 am May 31, 2021 Permalink

      Agree. Bad writing and lazy/no editing.

    • njcat
      11:29 pm May 31, 2021 Permalink

      Somebody learned a new word and couldn’t wait to use it. lol

  10. Kirk
    7:30 am May 31, 2021 Permalink

    Life is tough you know that Lynn, you will make it and give a better life to your family! Some places it works out some it don’t just keep moving down that field you’ll make more yardage and touchdowns that way, right?

  11. playthatstringmusic
    8:23 am May 31, 2021 Permalink

    Maybe his earlier years were tough but when you have a full D1 ride and prospects of an NFL career and now NFL $.

    Also, typically you don’t get your door kicked in out of envy for being a good football player.

    This narrative is played out! LB is not a victim.

    • antiquefurnitureandmidgets
      11:20 am May 31, 2021 Permalink

      Since that isn’t why you get your door kicked down when should we be expecting those charges, champ?

    • 4evrUKBlue
      5:10 pm May 31, 2021 Permalink

      Stringmusic is a total tool.

  12. antiquefurnitureandmidgets
    11:19 am May 31, 2021 Permalink

    Maybe share this little life lesson with unprofessional judges who serve as nothing more than an extension of corrupt cops by passing out search warrants like cotton candy. I mean, since you’re super worried about professionalism.

    • 4evrUKBlue
      5:10 pm May 31, 2021 Permalink

      Thank you.

  13. CLegend33
    5:33 pm June 1, 2021 Permalink

    Mark my word, Lynn will still be hollering racism and unfair a few years from now when he is out of football and back on the streets. Honestly, I felt he was a bad pick that high in the draft. He is more of a 6th rounder. Guaranteed, he will continue to be a flop in the NFL.