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Ramaud Chiaokhiao-Bowman

Ramaud Chiaokhiao-Bowman is a football player from Minneapolis, MN. He played college football for the Northwestern Wildcats before being signed to the Indianapolis Colts in 2021 as an undrafted free agent.  Ramuad is believed to be the first Laotian American to sign with an NFL team.

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The "Barber"

Ramaud was born in Minneapolis to a Laotian American mother and African American father.  He attended Breck School in Golden Valley Minnesota which prepared him well for the rigor of Northwestern. Breck is a private college preparatory school known for its academics, athletics, and arts.  

He played for four years for the Northwestern University Wildcats Football team in Evanston, IL.  Ramuad had a standout senior season leading the Wildcats with 41 receptions for 508 yards and five touchdowns in an eight-game season.  Despite the intensity of being a Division I athlete at one of the Big 10’s most academically challenging institutions, he managed to hold a solid GPA. 

Nicknamed “the Barber” he is not only known for catching passes but keeping his teammates looking sharp.  Ramuad stepped in after upperclassman Jaylen Prater showed him the ropes and passed him the clippers.  He isn’t just known for cutting hair but can cut a rug as well.  Growing up around his father’s 1990’s hip hop and his mother’s traditional Lao and country music (she grew up in Alabama) he learned to dance, sing and play the drums at an early age.  The kitchen is another place where Ramuad shines.  He’s known for cooking up some of his mother’s recipes for his teammates. There is never a dull moment in the locker room with Chiakiao-Bowman around.

Chiaokhiao-Bowman entered the 2021 NFL draft but wasn’t selected by a team.  A short time later he signed with the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent. He is the first known Laotian-American to sign with an NFL team and the second known to play professionally after Scott Phaydavong.  Officially making it onto the Colts roster in this very completive industry would be the next step for Ramuad.  

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Sources for this article include varies Northwestern University publications including  The Daily Northwestern.

Last updated September 19, 2021

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