Reggie attended Magee Junior High School and later Sahuaro, where he played football, as did his brother, Jeff. Reggie graduated in 1977. Reggie attended the University of Wyoming on a football scholarship. There he started out as a running back, the position he played in high school, but later switched to wide receiver and linebacker positions. He graduated in December 1981, with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work. Though he was not drafted, he attended training camp for the Cincinnati Bengals.
When the USFL was formed in 1983, Fowler was selected to play for the Arizona Wranglers and saw action in the last six games of the 1983 season – last playing on Sunday, July 3 in Pontiac, Michigan. The Wranglers transferred the majority of their rostered players to the Chicago Blitz in September 1983; however, Fowler was not part of the transaction and was released.
He took business courses at Arizona State University, then took a job with Mobil Oil’s chemical division, where he worked in sales.He left that position to start Spiral in 1989, reportedly with an initial investment of only $1000. Fowler is one of a group of investors, led by Zygmunt Wilf, who purchased the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings from previous owner Red McCombs in 2005.