John Bow (’76) – Football
John lettered in four sports at Columbus: football, basketball, track and baseball. He earned a spot on the Hall of Fame as a football player, but as a baseball player he led Dade County in hitting as a junior. He hit .511. He was named all county as a junior and a senior and was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds.
Football was where he had the ability to change a game with one incredible play after another. Whether it was a punt return for a touchdown against Miami High or a pass interception for another touchdown against South Miami, he was always that guy. John played cornerback on defense and snuck in as a receiver on offense. He also snapped for punts and field goals and earned a earned his spot on first team all-county in football, too. John played football at the University of Kentucky, where he started 28 straight games, but his legend and his legacy are right here at Columbus High where he was the Athlete of the Year in 1976.
He has coached high school football for 40 years including nearly three decades at Columbus. He has coached four players who later played in the National Football League.
From football John went to basketball and from basketball we went to baseball and track. He played each sport like it was his one and only.