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Lehman’s defensive play is a boost to the Steelers

Lehman's Grant Bowman has a taste of Superbowl fame in the Pittsburgh Steelers practice squad.

Lehman Brothers has had a taste of Superbowl fame. Grant Bowman, who works in institutional sales on the global futures desk at the US firm in New York, was called up to play on the practice squad for Superbowl finalists the Pittsburgh Steelers. Bowman played as nose-tackle for the Steelers’ practice team from July 2004 to September 2005 before being cut. “I thought that was it,” he says. So off he went to New York to work for Lehman.

Bowman had to watch his old team succeed in making it all the way to the final, but an injury in the semi-final match freed up his former spot on the practice team and he was called to pack his bags and head to Detroit for practice sessions. “I came out of a meeting and had phone messages from my agent and the Steelers, and I knew that something was up – I hadn’t talked to either in months,” says Bowman. “It was bad luck [for Andre Frazier who was injured] but good luck for me”.

Bowman was on the sidelines at the final game, in which the Steelers beat the Seattle Seahawks 21–10. But while Bowman says it was one of the best days of his life, he won’t be returning to football.

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