Former NFL Athlete Goes From QB To Coach
by Betsy Jibben, Reporter
October 31, 2013 6:24 PM
Despite losing the first round of the Minnesota Football Playoffs, the Pipestone Arrows had an excellent year. The team was coached by two brothers, one of them a former NFL athlete.
Todd Bouman was a quarterback with the Vikings, New Orleans and Jacksonville. But now, you can find him underneath the Friday Night Lights.
Just three years ago, Todd Bouman made some noise on the gridiron.
"You always miss playing. You will never be able to duplicate Sundays," said coach and former NFL athlete, Todd Bouman.
But these days, you will find him back on the farm.
"I'm too old now. I can't imagine going back now," said Bouman.
Now retired, the 41-year old hung up his NFL jersey for jeans and a John Deere and moved his family back near Pipestone to do a little work on the farm.
"It's fun to be home. You know me and my wife always talked about getting back home. It's the way I grew up. It's the way I knew how,” said Bouman.
But Bouman's day doesn't end here, at 3:30p.m. he trades in his work boots for a chipboard.
His love for football has remained strong. He helps coach offense for the Pipestone Arrows.
"I always wanted to give back to the community and give back to the kids. I want to be there for them and try to spread the knowledge I have from many years of playing football," said Bouman.
For Bouman, it's about mentoring young athletes and helping them develop their skills.
"I think that's the most gratifying part is watching the kids grow and watching them get better," said Bouman.
And coaching alongside his brother Troy, makes the time even more enjoyable.
"Anytime you're with your brother or with your family, especially coaching, it's a lot of fun," said Bouman.
"It's nice having him here because he understands what I'm thinking and knows what I want. He knows what I want to get accomplished. I couldn't ask for much more," said brother and coach, Troy Bouman.
But even after 14 years as a pro football player, there's one part of the game that will never be replaced.
"I try to tell the kids all of the time, there's nothing like high school football on a Friday night," said Bouman.
The plays may be different, but to Bouman, the game is still the same.
During Bouman's first year of coaching, he was called up by Jacksonville. Within two days, the Pipestone coach was the Jaguars starting quarterback.