A Top Somerville Football Player Comes Home To the Garden State
At one time, the name Tashawn Bower was very recognizable here in the Garden State. An elite high school football player, he left to pursue a career in the NFL. But we’re talking about 2012. That’s when he was considered the top high school recruit in the state.
He wound up playing college ball at LSU and then in 2017 he was signed by the Minnesota Vikings. Bower also played for the Patriots and Las Vegas Raiders. But now? He’s coming home. He’ll be playing football for the New York Giants who just so happen to play their home games in East Rutherford, NJ at MetLife Stadium.
It most likely feels pretty cool for Bower as he was born in Livingston, grew up in Kenilworth, and starred at Immaculata High School in Somerville. Now at 28, he will be playing his home games back in Jersey. Here’s the question though, will anyone really notice?
During the 2019 offseason, he had a torn Achilles and the Vikings put him on the non-football injury list. In October of that year, they waived him. He played nine games with the Patriots and six with the Raiders and I personally would love it if this linebacker could come back home and show us what he’s really made of.
Even being an Eagles fan myself, I’m rooting for him! How can I not root for a New Jersey native who’s been signed to a monster time with something to prove?
Bower stands 6 foot 5 inches tall and weighs 250. Definitely, a man built for football. I just hope he can capitalize on this new opportunity and get some more sacks under his belt and play, leaving everything out on the field.
Hell, he might even make it hard for Jalen Hurts to explode off the line of scrimmage, but you know what, I love a good battle. Go Tashawn!