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Who is Todd Bouman?

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The last time Todd Bouman won an NFL game was December 9, 2001.
To put this into perspective, my girlfriend was 3.

So lets take a walk down memory lane to see exactly who Todd Bouman is... 

Todd Bouman was born August 1, 1892 to Abijiah and Genevieve Bouman. His father Abijiah was a blacksmith and his mother Genevive (Who went by Jeni) was a local prostitute who used to service the local businessman for 20 shillings. Todd was born in the Yorkshire Dales district of England and took to sports early. He dropped out of school in grade 2 and became a chimney sweep to make enough money to play the game he loved, English football.

Young Todd Bouman took to soccer as a child and as a young man, he was approached by C.W. Alcock,  a gentleman from Sunderland and a former pupil of Harrow School to play in the "Challenge cup". Todd agreed, and in 1907, the Silly Nanny's and Royal Engineers met in the final in front of 2,000 paying spectators. Despite the Royal Engineers being the heavy favourites, one of their players sustained a broken collar bone early on and since substitutions had not yet been introduced, the Engineers played a man down for the rest of the match which they eventually lost 1-0.

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Royal Engineers 1907 Team Picture. Todd Bouman is bottom row, 2nd to the left

Todd was devistated. He quit professional sports and fell into a deep depression. Todd fell heavily into drinking and quit his lucrative Chimney Sweeping business and lived in the ghetto's in old London (At the time, it was just called London). in 1911, Todd received an interesting telegraph from Walter Camp who is known to be the Godfather of American Football. Mr Camp was attempting to introduce a modified rugby game to the United States and was trying to round of the best athletes in Europe to come to America. This interested Todd and he sold all his earthly possessions and bought a one-way ticket to America.

In 1913, the first ever Professional Football game was held between the Buffalo Prospects and the Canton Bulldogs. The final score was 44-20 in an epic struggle with the Bulldogs pulling away in the 4th quarter thanks to Todd Bouman who played both Quarterback and Middle linebacker. Todd finished the game 22-29 for 309 yards with 4 TDS and 0 intereceptions. As linebacker, he finished with 11 tackles, 2 sacks, an interception and a safety.

That was all it took for Todd to be hooked, he loved this wonderful sport. he played for several years before semi-retiring to go to school. He enrolled at little-known St. Cloud State University where he was a football, basketball and track and field star. He graduated college with a degree in English Literature and became a professor at the University of Minnesota. He lived a good life with his wife and 2 children but there was something missing from his life. He missed the game of football.

In 1997, Todd Bouman beat all the odds when he was signed as an undrafted free agent with the Minnesota Vikings at the age of 105.  Bouman briefly replaced Daunte Culpepper as the Vikings starting quarterback toward the end of the 2001 season after Culpepper was injured. In a game against the Tennessee Titans, Bouman completed 21 of 31 passes for 384 yards and four touchdowns and was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week.

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Looks pretty good for a 105 year old dude. Todd is the 2nd oldest QB to ever play for the Minnesota Vikings

In 2003, the Vikings traded Bouman to the New Orleans Saints where he spent the next three years backing up Aaron Brooks. On December 13, 2005, after a loss on national television to the Falcons, the Saints benched Brooks and announced Bouman as the team's starter for the last three games of the season. Prior to the 2006 season, Bouman was released by the Saints in favor of Jamie Martin, who would back up newly signed starter Drew Brees. On November 21, 2006, Bouman signed with the Green Bay Packers to replace injured Aaron Rodgers as their second-string quarterback.

From here, Todd Bounced around the league as a journeyman QB until eventually retiring from football for good in May 2009. So he thought!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fast forward to last monday. Jacksonvilles QB David Garrard went down with a concussion and backup QB Trent Edwards went down with SQBS (Shitty Quarterback Syndrome) and Todd's phone rang one more time. This Sunday, Todd will get one more change to play against our beloved Chiefs.

Good luck Todd, you'll need it.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Arrowhead Pride's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Arrowhead Pride writers or editors.

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