Dee Dowis is the Air Force Academy's all-time rushing leader with 3,612 yards. In his senior year (1989) he placed sixth in the voting for the Heisman Trophy (won by University of Houston quarterback Andre Ware).
Today, Dowis lives in Columbia, S.C. He is a district manager for Pfizer pharmaceuticals, married (wife Tracy) with two children (8-year-old daughter Madeline and 5-year-old son Grant).
Dowis still holds a number of AFA records, among them most rushing yards (249) and touchdowns (six) in a game and most points scored in a career (252). He recorded four 200-yard rushing games and led the Falcons with 1,315 yards in 1987 and 1,286 yards in '89.
"One of the goals I always had growing up was to play in bowl games," Dowis said. "I wanted to go to a school that had a chance to play in bowl games, and we went to two while I was there. That was one of the things that was rewarding for me and us as a team. My senior year, we had a great team and great group of people. The fact that we came in together as freshman and ended up having a great senior year together. When you say fond memories, it's the people I played with and coaches we played for.
"The great thing about playing at the academy is that they're focused on team results. They're selfless people who sacrifice so that we can all be as good as we can possibly be together. It truly is an amazing place to play because of the team atmosphere."
Dowis said he hasn't visited the academy in some time. "I went a few years ago for my 10-year reunion," he said. "And I went to the Navy game a few years back when it was played at the (Washington) Redskins' stadium. But I haven't been back as much as I'd like to."
The outstanding play of Dee Dowis, and the teams he led, is the reason I became hooked on watching Air Force football, and still watch them and root for them today. They had strong, well disciplined teams that were what football is supposed to be, entertaining.Posted by Avalanche_in.Az on October 7, 2005 09:17 AM