"I'm one of the luckiest guys in the world," Jim Bowman said after lifting his '85 Pats to the Super Bowl. "The ball has always bounced my way." A back-up rookie safety, Bowman scored the winning TD in the AFC Championship Game on a fumble recovery—and it was his second fumble recovery of the day. "I dove into a pile and fought around for two minutes and came out with it," he recalled later of that first clutch play. "It was the longest two minutes of my life." Bowman's mid-to-late-1980s helmet features red-white-and-blue decal stripes flanked by logo decals, with "PATRIOTS" in front and "28" in back. The chin strap is intact. Heavy wear throughout. According to an accompanying LOA from a previous sale, "I believe the face mask may have been changed at some point probably in 1987 when Bowman was injured for part of the season and David Hendley, a corner back who also wore #28, played in two games. It has had 4 of the 6 face mask clips replaced."
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