Dean Lowry

Dean Vincent Lowry (born June 9, 1994) is an American football defensive end for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). He played high school football at Boylan Central Catholic High School in Rockford, Illinois before attending Northwestern and playing for their football team on a scholarship. At Northwestern, he was a four-year starter at defensive end. He was drafted after his senior year of college by the Green Bay Packers in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Dean Lowry
No. 94 – Green Bay Packers
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born:June 9, 1994 (age 24)
Rockford, Illinois
Height:6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight:296 lb (134 kg)
Career information
High school:Boylan Catholic
(Rockford, Illinois)
NFL Draft:2016 / Round: 4 / Pick: 137
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
  • Second-team All-Big Ten (2015)
  • NFC Defensive Player of the Week (Week 13, 2017)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2018
Total tackles:85
Pass deflections:6
Forced fumbles:1
Fumble recoveries:2
Defensive touchdowns:1
Player stats at

Early years

Lowry was born to Margaret and John Lowry and attended Boylan Central Catholic High School in Rockford, Illinois.[1] Besides football, he lettered in baseball as a freshman and played basketball for one year. He was coached by Dan Appino and was part of two undefeated teams. He was named as a SuperPrep All-Midwest honoree and an All-State selection by both the Chicago Tribune and Champaign-News Gazette.[2][3] He finished his senior year with 65 tackles (21 for loss), and 10 sacks.

Lowry was ranked as the 34th defensive end in the country and the 17th best prospect in the state of Illinois. He was ranked as a three star recruit and received a number of scholarship offers from schools such as Northwestern, Ball State, Illinois State, Indiana, Iowa, Northern Illinois, Purdue, Vanderbilt, and Western Michigan. He committed to Northwestern on June 7, 2011.[4]

College career

Lowry ultimately elected to take the scholarship offer of Northwestern and played in all 13 games that year as a backup to future Minnesota Vikings defensive end Tyler Scott. During a game against Vanderbilt, he had one fumble recovery, one quarterback hurry, two solo tackles, and a pass deflection on the line of scrimmage.[2] His efforts that year earned him Big Ten All-Freshman Team honors.[5]

Going into his second season with the Wildcats, Lowry started nine games at defensive end. While making his first start against Syracuse, he had his first career interception. He missed the game against Nebraska to injury, however he did have his first career touchdown on an interception return against Maine. During a game against Ohio State, he had six tackles (5 solo) and recovered a fumble. He finished the year second on the team in tackles for loss with seven, and third on the team with 4.5 sacks.[2]

Lowry started every game at defensive end in his junior season. During a game against Notre Dame, he recorded six tackles (1.5 for loss) and forced a fumble. During a game against Western Illinois, Lowry moved over to the defensive tackle spot and had four tackles, one sack, and two passes defensed. He was named the Defensive Player of the Game as a result of his performance. He was named to the Academic All-Big Ten team and an honorable mention by league coaches.[6] He finished his junior year with 41 tackles with 8 for a loss, ranking second on the team.[2]

In his final year with the team, Lowry set a single-game team record against Nebraska with six tackles for a loss, he also recorded two sacks in the game and was named the team's Defensive Player of the Game.[7] He again picked up that honor in a game against the Duke Blue Devils where he had six tackles with half of one for a loss. He was named as a consensus pick to the second team All-Big Ten team.[8]

Professional career

Lowry was predicted to be a seventh round pick or signed immediately as an undrafted free agent by Lance Zierlein. Zierlein cited that he had a good burst off the offensive line and kept his pads at the correct level. He also stated that he was built physically to be in a 3–4 defense and that he had a good work ethic and "team-first" mentality. However, he was concerned about his short arms and small hands that prevented him from winning on the line of scrimmage, and that he was not as active at finding the ball as he should be. He also mentioned that he did not excel at pass rushing. Overall, Zierlein believed that he would be drafted and most likely become a backup at the professional level.[9]

Dane Bugler of CBS Sports commented that Lowry was "heavy-handed" and used his momentum and size to compete against blockers and that he played to the best of his ability on every play.[10] He also cited concerns about his lack of explosiveness and pass-rush moves. He also believed he would be a backup in the NFL.[9]

Lowry was selected in the fourth round (137 overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft with the second of two compensatory picks.[11] Rob Demovsky, a staff writer for ESPN, commented that he was surprised that general manager Ted Thompson ignored the offense this far in the draft. He also mentioned that the Packers liked his athleticism. Eliot Wolf, president of the Green Bay Packers football operations, said in the regards to his pick that he believed Lowry was "an underrated athlete". On May 6, 2016, he signed a contract with the Packers.[12] Lowry recorded his first NFL sack against the Houston Texans on December 4, 2016. He also recorded a deflected pass and a handful of tackles in that game.[13] On December 3, 2017, in a 26–20 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Lowry recovered a Jameis Winston fumble and returned it for the first touchdown in his career in the NFL.[14] Lowry was awarded NFC Defensive Player of the Week for this performance.[15]

NFL career statistics

Regular season

Season Team Games Tackles
GP GS Total Solo Ast Sck Int
2016 GB 15 0 8 6 2 2.0 0
2017 GB 16 11 32 18 14 2.0 0
2018 GB 16 8 45 31 14 3.0 0
Total 47 19 85 55 30 7.0 0


Season Team Games Tackles
GP GS Total Solo Ast Sck Int
2016 GB 3 0 1 1 0 0.0 0
Total 3 0 1 1 0 0.0 0

Personal life

At Northwestern University, Lowry majored in economics with a minor in business institutions.[2]


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  2. ^ a b c d e "94-Dean Lowry". Web. Nowrthwestern University. Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  3. ^ "Dean Lowry – Tribune high school all-state team". Web. Chicago Tribune. 2011. Retrieved July 22, 2016.
  4. ^ "Dean Lowry". Web. Retrieved July 22, 2016.
  5. ^ Bennet, Brian; Rittenburg, Adam (December 10, 2012). "'s Big Ten all-freshman team". Web. ESON. p. 1. Retrieved July 23, 2016.
  6. ^ "View 2014 All-Big Ten football teams & individual award winners". Web. Big-Ten Conference. 2014. p. 1. Retrieved July 23, 2016.
  7. ^ "Thorson helps Northwestern hang on to beat Nebraska 30–28". Web. Lincoln, Nebraska. ESPN. October 24, 2015. p. 1. Retrieved July 23, 2016.
  8. ^ Yarina, Brent (2015). "2015 All-Big Ten Defensive Team & individual award winners". Web. Big Ten Network. p. 1. Retrieved July 23, 2016.
  9. ^ a b Zierlein, Lance. "Dean Lowry". Web. Retrieved July 24, 2016.
  10. ^ Brugler, Dave (February 21, 2016). "Dean Lowry, DE". Web. CBS Sports. p. 1. Retrieved July 24, 2016.
  11. ^ Demovsky, Rob (April 30, 2016). "Packers make Northwestern's Dean Lowry fourth defensive player in five picks". Web. Green Bay, Wisconsin. ESPN. p. 1. Retrieved July 24, 2016.
  12. ^ "Packers sign four draft choices". May 6, 2016. Retrieved October 20, 2016.
  13. ^ Trowbridge, Matt. "Boylan grad Dean Lowry talks about his first NFL sack for Packers". Rockford Register Star. Retrieved December 11, 2016.
  14. ^ "Runaway: DL Dean Lowry's score helps Packers top Bucs in OT". FOX Sports. December 3, 2017. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  15. ^ Lam, Quang M. (December 6, 2017). "Josh McCown, Wilson among Players of the Week".

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2012 Northwestern Wildcats football team

The 2012 Northwestern Wildcats football team represented Northwestern University during the 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season. Pat Fitzgerald, in his seventh season at Northwestern, was the team's head coach. The Wildcats home games were played at Ryan Field in Evanston, Illinois. They were members of the Legends Division of the Big Ten Conference. The Wildcats won their first bowl game since the 1949 Rose Bowl against California by defeating Mississippi State in the Gator Bowl 34–20. They finished the season 10–3 (5–3 Big Ten).

2015 All-Big Ten Conference football team

The 2015 All-Big Ten Conference football team consists of American football players chosen as All-Big Ten Conference players for the 2015 Big Ten Conference football season. The conference recognizes two official All-Big Ten selectors: (1) the Big Ten conference coaches selected separate offensive and defensive units and named first- and second-team players (the "Coaches" team); and (2) a panel of sports writers and broadcasters covering the Big Ten also selected offensive and defensive units and named first- and second-team players (the "Media" team).

2015 Big Ten Conference football season

The 2015 Big Ten Conference football season was the 120th season of college football play for the Big Ten Conference and was a part of the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The conference began its season on Thursday, September 3, with Michigan and Minnesota opening their seasons. The remainder of the teams in the conference began their seasons on September 4 and 5.

This was the Big Ten's second season with 14 teams. The league was home to the defending national champion and inaugural winner of the College Football Playoff in Ohio State.

The Big Ten also welcomed four new head coaches for the 2015 season. Jim Harbaugh replaced Brady Hoke as head coach at Michigan, Mike Riley took over for Bo Pelini at Nebraska, Paul Chryst came in as the head man at Wisconsin, replacing Gary Andersen, and Bill Cubit served as the interim head coach at Illinois after Tim Beckman was fired just one week before the beginning of the season. There were also two coaching changes made during the middle of the 2015 season. On October 13, Maryland dismissed coach Randy Edsall and named his offensive coordinator Mike Locksley as interim coach for the rest of the season. On October 28, Jerry Kill retired as Minnesota's head coach due to health concerns. His defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys was named as interim coach before being named the permanent replacement on November 11.In preseason polling, Ohio State was unanimously voted to repeat as the Big Ten champion by the media in the Big Ten Preseason poll, receiving all 40 first place votes. The Badgers were favorites to win the Big Ten West Division with 32 votes, followed by Nebraska with five and Minnesota with three.At the conclusion of the regular season, Iowa won the West Division championship with a perfect 12-0 (8-0) record. Michigan State and Ohio State finished tied atop the East Division standings, both at 11-1 (7-1), but Michigan State's head-to-head victory placed the Spartans into the Big Ten Championship Game opposite Iowa. Following the season, Illinois removed the interim tag from Bill Cubit's title and gave him a two-year contract as head coach, while Rutgers has decided to part ways with Kyle Flood.In the Big Ten Championship Game, Michigan State defeated Iowa 16-13 to win their second Big Ten championship in three years. With the win, the Spartans advance to the College Football Playoff. Iowa and Ohio State were both placed into New Year's Six Bowls, going to the Rose and Fiesta Bowls, respectively. A total of 10 Big Ten teams went to bowl games in 2015, including Nebraska and Minnesota, both with 5-7 records.

2015 Northwestern Wildcats football team

The 2015 Northwestern Wildcats football team represented Northwestern University during the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. It was Pat Fitzgerald's tenth season as the team's head coach. The Wildcats home games were played at Ryan Field in Evanston, Illinois. They were members of the West Division of the Big Ten Conference. They finished the season 10–3, 6–2 in Big Ten play to finish in a tie for second place in the West Division. They were invited to the Outback Bowl where they were defeated by Tennessee 45-6.

2016 East–West Shrine Game

The 2016 East–West Shrine Game was the 91st staging of the all-star college football exhibition, was played on January 23, 2016 at 4:00 PM EST, and featured NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision players and a few select invitees from Canadian university football. The game featured more than 100 players from the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season and prospects for the 2016 Draft of the professional National Football League (NFL). In the week prior to the game, scouts from all 32 NFL teams attended. The game was held in St. Petersburg, Florida at Tropicana Field, and benefits Shriners Hospitals for Children. The game was be broadcast on the NFL Network.

The East–West Shrine Game Pat Tillman Award "is presented to a player who best exemplifies character, intelligence, sportsmanship and service. The award is about a student-athlete's achievements and conduct, both on and off the field." The 2016 winner was Keenan Reynolds of Navy.

2016 Green Bay Packers season

The 2016 Green Bay Packers season was their 98th season overall, 96th season in the National Football League, and the 11th under head coach Mike McCarthy. Despite a 4-6 start to the season, the Packers went on a 6-game winning streak to finish the regular season with a 10–6 record. The team clinched the NFC North for the fifth time in six years with their week 17 win over the Detroit Lions. They routed the fifth-seeded New York Giants 38–13 in the wild card round of the playoffs and upset the top-seeded Dallas Cowboys 34–31 in the divisional round of the playoffs, but their season came to an end when they were beat by the second-seeded Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship Game 44–21.

2016 NFL Draft

The 2016 NFL Draft was the 81st annual meeting of National Football League (NFL) franchises to select newly eligible American football players. As in 2015, the draft took place in Chicago, Illinois at the Auditorium Theatre and Grant Park. The draft began on Thursday, April 28 with the first round, and ended on Saturday, April 30. The Tennessee Titans, the team with the fewest wins in the NFL for the 2015 season, traded the right to the top pick in the draft to the Los Angeles Rams, the first time the top pick was traded before the draft since 2001 when the San Diego Chargers traded their first pick to the Atlanta Falcons. Ohio State became the second school to have three players drafted in the top ten and to have five players drafted in the first round.

2017 Green Bay Packers season

The 2017 Green Bay Packers season was their 99th season overall, 97th season in the National Football League, and the 12th under head coach Mike McCarthy. After reaching the NFC Championship Game in the previous season, the Packers failed to improve a 10–6 record from 2016 and were eliminated from postseason contention after Week 15, making this the first time since 2008 that they failed to make the playoffs. After a 4-1 start, the Packers lost starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers to a collarbone injury during the week 6 game against the Minnesota Vikings, and went on to lose 8 of the 11 remaining games. A loss to the Lions in week 17 secured the Packers’ first losing season since 2008.

The Packers' opponents in this season were almost identical to that of their 2005 season in which the team finished 4-12; this season the Packers faced the Seattle Seahawks, and teams from the NFC South & AFC North. The lone difference between these two seasons was that the team faced the Dallas Cowboys, replacing the Philadelphia Eagles, as the Cowboys won the NFC East in 2016.

2017 NFL season

The 2017 NFL season was the 98th season in the history of the National Football League (NFL). The season began on September 7, 2017, with the Kansas City Chiefs defeating the defending Super Bowl LI champion New England Patriots 42–27 in the NFL Kickoff Game. The season concluded with Super Bowl LII, where the National Football Conference (NFC) champion Philadelphia Eagles faced the American Football Conference (AFC) champion New England Patriots. The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots 41–33 to win their first Super Bowl title, and fourth NFL championship, in franchise history. It was also a rematch of Super Bowl XXXIX, where the Patriots won 24–21 to win their third title.

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2018 Green Bay Packers season

The 2018 season was the Green Bay Packers' 98th season in the National Football League, their 100th overall and their 13th and final season under head coach Mike McCarthy. After missing the playoffs for the first time since 2008 and losing quarterback Aaron Rodgers to injury, the Packers were aiming to improve their 7–9 record from last season but finished with a 6–9–1 record.

For the first time since 2007, Jordy Nelson did not play for the Packers as he signed with the Oakland Raiders via free agency during the offseason.

On January 7, 2018, Brian Gutekunst was named the new general manager, after Ted Thompson took over as the senior advisor to football operations.On December 2, 2018, after a 4–7–1 start, Mike McCarthy was fired hours after the Packer's Week 13 loss to the Arizona Cardinals and Joe Philbin was named as the interim head coach. After a loss to the Chicago Bears in week 15, the Packers were eliminated from the postseason. This was the first time the Packers missed the postseason back to back years since 2005 to 2006, which were also the first two seasons of the Aaron Rodgers era and the beginning of the Rodgers/McCarthy era. This was also the first time the Packers suffered from back to back losing seasons since 1990 to 1991.

2019 Green Bay Packers season

The 2019 season will be the Green Bay Packers' upcoming 99th season in the National Football League, their 101st overall and their first under new head coach Matt LaFleur. After suffering back-to-back losing seasons in for the first time since 1990–91 and missing the playoffs back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2005–06, the Packers will look to improve on their 6–9–1 record from last year, and attempt to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2016.

Boylan Catholic High School

Boylan Central Catholic High School is a private Catholic high school located in Rockford, Illinois, United States. Founded in 1960, Boylan is the only Catholic high school in that city.

At the start of the 2010-2011 school year, there were 1187 students enrolled. Enrollment numbers have decreased in the subsequent years. According to the school's website, in 2015-2016, the total number of students was only 956. It is located in and administered by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockford.

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Green Bay Packers

The Green Bay Packers are a professional American football team based in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's National Football Conference (NFC) North division. It is the third-oldest franchise in the NFL, dating back to 1919, and is the only non-profit, community-owned major league professional sports team based in the United States. Home games have been played at Lambeau Field since 1957.

The Packers are the last of the "small town teams" which were common in the NFL during the league's early days of the 1920s and '30s. Founded in 1919 by Earl "Curly" Lambeau and George Whitney Calhoun, the franchise traces its lineage to other semi-professional teams in Green Bay dating back to 1896. Between 1919 and 1920, the Packers competed against other semi-pro clubs from around Wisconsin and the Midwest, before joining the American Professional Football Association (APFA), the forerunner of today's NFL, in 1921. Although Green Bay is by far the smallest major league professional sports market in North America, Forbes ranked the Packers as the world's 26th most valuable sports franchise in 2016, with a value of $2.35 billion.The Packers have won 13 league championships, the most in NFL history, with nine pre–Super Bowl NFL titles and four Super Bowl victories. The Packers won the first two Super Bowls in 1967 and 1968 and were the only NFL team to defeat the American Football League (AFL) prior to the AFL–NFL merger. The Vince Lombardi Trophy is named after the Packers' coach of the same name, who guided them to their first two Super Bowls. Their two subsequent Super Bowl wins came in 1996 and 2010.The Packers are long-standing adversaries of the Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings, and Detroit Lions, who today comprise the NFL's NFC North division, and were formerly members of the NFC Central Division. They have played over 100 games against each of those teams through history, and have a winning overall record against all of them, a distinction only shared with the Kansas City Chiefs and Dallas Cowboys. The Bears–Packers rivalry is one of the oldest in NFL history, dating back to 1921.

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Northwestern Wildcats football

The Northwestern Wildcats football team, representing Northwestern University, is an NCAA Division I college football team and member of the Big Ten Conference, with evidence of organization in 1876. The mascot is the Wildcat, a term coined by a Chicago Tribune reporter in 1924, after reporting on a football game where the players appeared as "a wall of purple wildcats". Northwestern achieved an all-time high rank of No. 1 during the 1936 and 1962 seasons, then plummeted to extended levels of futility from the mid-1970s to 1994. Recently, under Pat Fitzgerald's leadership, the Wildcats have become a well-rounded team capable of competing with top teams across the country.

The Wildcats have won three Big Ten championships or co-championships since 1995, and have been "bowl eligible" (a status that requires at least a .500 regular-season record) in six out of the last seven seasons.

Northwestern consistently ranks among the national leaders in graduation rate among football teams, having received the AFCA Academic Achievement Award four times since 2002. Despite the stricter academic standards, Northwestern has produced many notable athletes, such as former first-round draft picks Luis Castillo and Napoleon Harris, as well as former Denver Broncos starter and current Minnesota Vikings backup quarterback Trevor Siemian.

The Wildcats have played their home games at Ryan Field (formerly Dyche Stadium) in Evanston, Illinois, since 1926.

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