NFL Writer and Analyst
Matt Bowen is an NFL writer and analyst for ESPN. He provides a former player’s perspective on the inner workings of the National Football League for ESPN.com, in addition to appearing on NFL Matchup each week during the football season.
Bowen joined ESPN as a writer in 2015. He writes NFL analysis and fantasy football pieces for ESPN+. On television, he joined the NFL Matchup show in 2018.
Bowen played defensive back for seven NFL seasons (2000-06) with four teams – the St. Louis Rams (2000-01), Green Bay Packers (2001-02), Washington Redskins (2003-05) and Buffalo Bills (2006).
A sixth round pick by the Rams in the 2000 NFL Draft, Bowen earned the Carroll Rosenbloom Award as the team’s Rookie of the Year. His best season as a pro was 2003 when he started all 16 games for the Redskins with 94 tackles, three interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Bowen’s writing has appeared in a variety of publications, including The Washington Times, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Pro Football Weekly, Washington Examiner, Chicago Sun-Times, National Football Post, Chicago Tribune and ESPN Insider.
A native of Glen Ellyn, Illinois, Bowen graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in journalism. He also earned a master’s degree in writing and publishing from DePaul University.
Bowen, who still lives in the Chicago area, is a defensive backs coach at IC Catholic Prep in Elmhurst, Illinois.