He was a second-round draft pick for the New Orleans Saints, where he played for four seasons and was picked for the Pro Bowl in his second season. Following a change of head coaches at the Saints, Rowe was traded to the New England Patriots in 1971, where he played for three seasons under three different coaches. After one full season with the San Diego Chargers, where he served as team captain, he was traded to the Oakland Raiders one game into the 1975 season; the Raiders went on to win Super Bowl XI the following season. He spent his last season with the Baltimore Colts.
Rowe is a devout Christian and co-founded the Professional Athletes Outreach ministry with eleven other NFL players; he also spoke on two Billy Graham crusades and attended a White House prayer breakfast.
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