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Mike Tomlin tells John Calipari that Lynn Bowden will be a “tough tackle” in NFL

Lynn Bowden hopes to rise to the top in the NFL and Steelers coach Mike Tomlin thinks he can. (Vicky Graff Photo)


Got to admit I knew there would be some football talk when Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin joined Kentucky’s John Calipari on Monday’s “Coffee With Cal” Facebook show.

However, I never expected quite as much as there was, including a big plug for former Wildcat standout Lynn Bowden by Tomlin after the Las Vegas Raiders picked him in the third round of the recent NFL draft.

Tomlin called him a “top-flight athlete” who reminded him of former UK star and NFL veteran Randall Cobb because of the different ways he can make plays.

“It doesn’t matter how you put the ball in their hands, they’re tough (to) tackle. That trait won’t leave (Bowden in the NFL). He’s going to be a tough tackle on Sundays,” Tomlin said.

Tomlin certainly had a believer in Calipari who constantly praised Bowden last season when he moved from receiver to quarterback to save UK’s season.

“They had a good team but he dragged (the team). There was a spirit about his will to win. I think it transferred. I don’t know, but Randall Cobb was exactly the same way,” Calipari said.

Guess what? Calipari was right. Bowden could will a team to win just like Cobb did at times.

It’s almost the same way running back Benny Snell carried the Cats at times his final two years before the Steelers drafted him in the fourth round

“Benny is a tough-minded kid. He is a competitor. I think that’s the thing that attracted me to him. Doing it for your Wildcats. I watched that guy tote that load and beat the Gators,” Tomlin told Calipari.

And get this. Tomlin told Calipari he thought Snell had a chance to be a “big-time guy” for Pittsburgh going into his second season.


  1. He’s right about LB. UK fans already knew that though. He should have been a first round draft choice just based on his stats.

  2. I hope Gruden gives him a chance to show what he can do.

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