Browns Rowley Leads Spokane Shock to ArenaBowl XXIII Title
Portions courtesy of the Associated Press, Brown Alumni Magazine and Brown Sports Information
SPOKANE, Wash. -- Former Brown quarterback Kyle Rowley '01 passed for 237 yards and a record nine touchdowns to lead the Spokane Shock past the Tampa Bay Storm 69-57 to win the Arena Football League's ArenaBowl XXIII title on August 20.
Rowley, who ran for one touchdowns, completed of 24 of 32 passes with no interceptions. He guided the Shock through a 13-3 regular-season record then to playoff wins over the Arizona Rattlers and Milwaukee Iron to earn his team's first-ever appearance in the ArenaBowl.
His AFL career began in the minor league arenafootball2 with stops in South Carolina and Georgia before being picked as a starter for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers in 2005. The next season, he was traded to the Manchester Wolves and, after only five games, was sent in a trade to the Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings. Rowley turned down the Battle Wings offer and, a week later, he received a call from the Spokane Shock to be the team's starting quarterback. That season, he led the Shock to an ArenaCup Championship in team's inaugural season. He was named the af2's Offensive Player of the Year in 2008. Last season, Rowley set the af2's single-season passing yardage record (4,693 yards).
The Shock, dominant in arenafootball2, became one of the AFL's smallest markets this season when the league was revived after skipping the 2009 season due to bankruptcy.
At Brown, Rowley sat on the bench his three years, only occasionally filling in as a running back on a trick play. He expected to become the starting quarterback for his senior season, but a more experienced player stayed for a fifth year and filled the spot. Rowley then stayed for a fifth season himself, finally grabbing the starting job.
Rowley made the most of his senior season in 2001, leading the Bears to a 6-3 overall record and a 5-2 mark in Ivy play, and earning honorable mention All-Ivy honors. He ranked in top 10 in the school's single-season record book in total offense (7th, 2,324 yards), passing yards (6th, 2,328 yards, completions (7th, 188). He finished the season ranked ninth nationally in passing with 20.89 completions a game, and 19th in the nation in total offense with 258.4 yards per game. He passed for a school-record 474 yards, and registered a school-record 483 yards in total offense against then ninth-ranked Rhode Island in his second collegiate start.