Locker Room Update interviewed former Lincoln University wide receiver Brandon Rowe after his senior season last year. Leading up to and following the 2016 Draft, he did his Pro Day at Temple, worked out at a CFL tryout, and participated at an NFL regional combine, but no one picked him up.
He participated in two All Star games, the Tropic Bowl and FCS National Bowls, but it was only until very recently that he got the news that he was looking for.
One of his friends from junior college reached out with an opportunity to play football in Iowa. He sent the team his highlight tape and the Siouz City Bandits sent him an offer to play. In a matter of days, Row went from the living room to the weight room in preparation for playing in the CIF.
“It’s been a little tough, but thank God for muscle memory. In the summertime, I just enjoyed my summer. I was on the couch a lot not doing anything football-related because I wasn’t playing anywhere and I was out of school, so I was focusing on finding a career and finding a way to make money.”
He’ll have both his hands full with getting his body in football shape. The season starts in March and he reports to training February 10th. Looking forward to the new playing environment, Rowe sees several advantages in the CIF.
“The things about CIF that is that I think will help me for the next level,” he said. “Because the field is smaller so you have to be able to catch in traffic, you have to get in and out of your breaks faster, you have to snap your head around faster, and you’re not going to get hit by people, you’re going to get hit by walls so that’s going to make me a better receiver.”
When Rowe reflects on the last year, he sees a lot that has happened. Not being able to make progress on his goals was difficult, but it has made this success all that much sweeter.
“Reality really sat in after college,” he said. “Not getting picked up when you’ve been playing ten plus years is crazy. But I’ve always been determined to get to where I need to be, but I need people to stay in tune because this isn’t the last time they’re going to hear from me. I’m trying to play on an NFL field. That’s the ultimate goal.”