Former Navarro College offensive lineman Michael Bowie and defensive end Cameron Henderson on Saturday received the call from the National Football League — and quickly responded.
Bowie, who transferred from Navarro and Oklahoma State University to Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Ok., for the 2012 season, was selected with 36th pick of the seventh round by the Seattle Seahawks.
Henderson, who transferred from Navarro to the University of Central Florida, quickly snapped an undrafted free-agent contract from the Atlanta Falcons.
Bowie and Henderson join Thursday’s 12th overall pick from the first round, University of Houston defensive back D.J. Hayden, as former Bulldogs from the 2010 national championship team to make it to the big league.
Bowie, a 6-foot-5, 330-pound offensive lineman from Tulsa, Ok., became the 10th player in Northeastern State football history to be drafted by an NFL team. He is the first NSU player to be selected since 1992 when Derrick Moore was an eight-round selection of the Atlanta Falcons.
Bowie led Riverhawk offensive linemen with 47 knockdowns during his only season with the Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) team. The second-team All-MIAA selection earned Honorable Mention All-American honors from D2Football.com.
Henderson totaled 46 tackles, 5 tackles from losses, 2 sacks, 7 quarterback hurries, 1 fumble recovery and 1 blocked kick during the Knights’ 13-game season in 2012.