It’s hard for me to remember a time when Bowe wasn’t parading around in my little corner of Arrowhead before game time in the greatest NFL stadium in the world.
Skipping, punching the air, talking to the crowd, there is no doubt that Dwayne Bowe has the intangibles when it comes to on the field personality.
His first season, Bowe came to Kansas City with impressive style. Team records were broken. Hopes were high.
In contention for rookie of the year, that honor was eventually bestowed upon Adrian Peterson.
By the end of the 2007, it seemed that Kansas City had made good use of the 23rd pick in the draft.
The first game of 2008, “The Show” caught five passes. But he also dropped four. One would have tied the game.
“Hmm” said your Arrowhead Adventurer.
As we start the 2012 training camp without a long term contract secured for Mr. Bowe, your Arrowhead Adventurer continues to scratch his head.
Dwayne Bowe is a world class athlete. A Pro Bowl athlete as well.
My trips to the Kansas City Chiefs training camp prove that a more chiseled physique is not to be found in a red and gold uniform.
Pass after pass, Dwayne has caught in my little corner of Arrowhead.
If the team needs a big play, there is no doubt in your Arrowhead Adventurers mind that “The Show” can deliver the goods.
Game after game, season after season, bratwurst after bratwurst, one question floats across my mind like a cloud across a sky blue Arrowhead afternoon.
Will he catch the pass that will tie or win the game?
If the game is on the line, is Bowe the go to guy?
I don’t know. I just don’t know dammit.
I love Dwayne Bowe. I wear my Dwayne Bowe jersey more than any other since my Tony Gonzalez jersey developed a knife size hole in the back of it during the 2008 offseason.
But I don’t completely trust his skills.
Sure people aren’t perfect. They are not robots. They make mistakes. All players do.
The thing about it is there have been players in the past whose skills I did trust.
If a pass needed to be caught for a touchdown, I trusted Tony Gonzalez to catch it.
If a pass needed to be intercepted, I trusted Derrick Thomas to magically, gracefully sail through the air and steal it away.
If a kick off needed to be returned for a touchdown, I knew in my heart that if it was possible, Dante Hall would make it happen.
So why don’t I know my man Dwayne Bowe will?
I don’t know.
I guess I need to trust the powers at One Arrowhead Drive more than I do.
The Tony Gonzalez trade wasn’t a mistake on paper I don’t think.
Dante Hall didn’t do much for St. Louis.
It was time for Trent Green to go.
For now, I think, franchising Dwayne Bowe for the 2012 season is probably the way to go.
I think the 2012 Kansas City Chiefs season is shaping up to be a memorable one. Dwayne Bowe can most certainly contribute to that .
But he needs to prove himself to me.
What do you think, Addicts? Will he?