Ex-Tom Brady Bucs’ HC Todd Bowles achieves long-standing promise to mother with college degree

Sometimes, later isn’t always better—it’s arguably the best. Todd Bowles displayed this fact by graduating at such a late age, at a wonderful moment, and added another achievement beside his name.

Before becoming a coach, Bowles was a successful player during his eight seasons in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers and Washington Redskins, including the year he contributed to the 1987 Redskins winning Super Bowl XXII. 

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The solid promise of Todd Bowles to his mother came as true

The Bucs’ head coach had a goal to realize his mother’s dream of receiving his diploma, and he did so at the age of 59, setting a great example of being an ideal son. After leaving college in 1986 to pursue his NFL dream, he seemingly left his mother’s dream behind, but he made a commitment to keep it intact. Throughout these 37 years, Todds’ life has changed a lot and has already become a father but he never seemed to have forgotten his promise to his mother.

On Saturday,  Ex-Tom Brady Bucanners’ coach attended his graduation program at Mount St. Mary’s University. For attending the program, he missed his team’s rookie camp, revealing his seriousness over keeping his mothers’ promise. Another great thing is that TB fulfilled his mothers’ dream during mothers’ Week.

“Completing my degree was something I had always wanted to do over the years, because it was something I had promised my mother when I went to play in the NFL, and I wanted to follow through on that promise,” he stated in September.

“Over the years, as I became a father, it became something I wanted to do in order to set a proper example for my sons as they continue on their educational paths. I have also worked pretty extensively with children through my various community projects, and I felt it was important to show them they can achieve whatever they set their mind to,” he added.

Todd Bowls, head coach of NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers fulfills promise to mom by earning bachelor's degree 37 years after leaving college | CNN

After serving as the team’s defensive coordinator from 2019 to 2021, he became the head coach of Tampa Bay in 2022. Through his incredible leadership abilities, he elevated the Buccaneers’ run defense from the 24th-ranked unit in 2018 to the best unit in the NFL in just his first season in Tampa Bay in 2019. The Buccaneers have the sixth-lowest points allowed and the fifth-lowest yards allowed per game over the last two regular seasons.

The 59-year-old could consider himself as successful both on and off the field, in his roles as a sportsperson and a family man.


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Shabiha is a sports content writer for Sportszion. The writer completed her graduation in Management and post-graduation in HRM. Writing is her passion and she has a long career goal in relation to writing.


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