Todd Bouman went from tractor to NFL starter.
It's that time of the week where we hand out the Sprint Game Ball. This week, it goes to Jaguars quarterback Todd Bouman. It's tough to find a person to give a game ball to in a 42-20 loss, but given the circumstances, I think Todd Bouman is a deserving recipient.
On Tuesday, Todd Bouman was literally sitting on a tractor on his father's farm in Minnesota, assisting with the final corn harvest. His wife called him on the CB radio that someone was calling for him, it was the Jacksonville Jaguars. Bouman arrived in Jacksonville that evening and began preparing to start.
He hadn't thrown a pass in an NFL game since 2005 and hadn't won a game since 2001. For the first half against the Chiefs, it looked as if Bouman had been starting and playing all season. On his first drive of the day, Bouman drove the team down to the Kansas City 37 yard line before being sacked by Tamba Hali to push the Jaguars out of field goal range.
On Bouman's next drive he drove the team to a field goal to make it 3-7 Kansas City, and on his very next drive dropped in a nice touch pass to Maurice Jones-Drew for a touchdown to take the lead 10-7. After the Chiefs went up 10-14, Bouman then led a two minute drive before the half to put the Jaguars within a point, 13-14.
Right after the half the Chiefs scored a touchdown on a two play drive, and Todd Bouman came right out and answered the call ending the drive with a 9 yard touchdown pass to Mike Sims-Walker making is 20-21, Chiefs.
That's when the wheels came off.
Bouman then threw a bad interception to Kansas City linebacker Derrick Johnson that was returned for a touchdown and the next two drives sputtered and he was intercepted again.
Given the circumstances however, Bouman answered the call for much of the game. He kept the Jaguars in the football game as the Chiefs dared him to throw by limiting the Jaguars to only 76 rushing yards.
Todd Bouman ended the day injuring a finger on his throwing hand and will be evaluated this week.