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Columbia County sports trainer to be on 'The Bachelorette'

Former Greenbrier football star selected for reality show

Posted: March 22, 2012 - 8:44am  |  Updated: March 22, 2012 - 8:45am
Ryan Bowers, a former Greenbrier High sports star and the owner of a local sports training facility, has been selected to be on the next season of "The Bachelorette."  Zach Boyden-Holmes
Zach Boyden-Holmes
Ryan Bowers, a former Greenbrier High sports star and the owner of a local sports training facility, has been selected to be on the next season of "The Bachelorette."

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Columbia County’s Ryan Bowers spent most of his football career earning trophies and awards. Now all he wants is a rose.

Bowers, a former Greenbrier High School sports star and the owner of a local sports training facility, has been selected to be on the next season of The Bachelorette.

A member of Bowers’ staff at AthElite Sports Training Academy in Evans confirmed he has left town for a few weeks to be on the show.

“We don’t know a whole lot of details,” trainer Casey Munn said. “But he is on the show, and he did get the first one-on-one date.”

Bowers, 31, will be one of several eligible bachelors competing for the heart of a bachelorette when the next season of the show airs this summer on ABC.

According to US Weekly, Bowers and the bachelorette, Emily Maynard, dined together last week in her hometown of Charlotte, N.C.

After a successful football career at Greenbrier, Bowers played at Presbyterian College and later signed a pro contract with the Atlanta Falcons, who sent him to play in NFL Europe. Bowers, one of only two former Columbia County football players to reach the professional level, also played in the Arena Football League.

During the later years of his pro career, Bowers made Evans his home base and started a personal training business. His company, which trains several local athletes in a variety of sports, now plays host to the area’s top high school football combine. Bowers found a permanent home for his business a year ago, opening an 8,000-square-foot facility at 2520 Associates Way in Evans.

Bowers has also served as an assistant coach at Augusta Christian Schools and later as head football coach at Westminster Schools of Augusta.

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Riverman1

How many made the Pros?

Brian Bratton from Lakeside had a very successful career in the CFL (Canadian League). David Rivers from Lakeside had a pretty good NFL Europe career. But I have to wonder if there were not more from the early days of Harlem and Evans?

Good luck to Ryan on the show. I'll be watching and pulling for him.

Riverman1

Okay..only 3

I searched the Georgia Football Historical Assoc. website and you can check every high school in GA for players who made the NFL. Apparently, there have been none from Columbia County. But Brian Bratton from Lakeside has had a great career and STILL plays in the CFL. David Rivers also from Lakeside was a starting QB for a NFL Europe team. Now I'm wondering if any Col. Cty. players ever made the CFL besides Bratton. Ha
http://ghsfha.org/nflplayers.php?gName=A

BobbyHodges

The criteria for inclusion on

The criteria for inclusion on the list of NFL players is that they have to play in at least one regular season game. So there could still be some that were drafted or on practice squads that may have even played in a preseason game. I'm not aware of any others though.

Riverman1

Sure

There's no doubt many who went to training camp were not included. I can think of one more Lakeside player in that category. Ryan Sprague who started in the national championship game Florida State won. He was with Pittsburg in the pre-season, but never made it to the regular season.

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