Bowman in 2013
No. 53 San Francisco 49ers
|Date of birth:May 28, 1988|
|Place of birth: District Heights, Maryland|
|High school: Forestville (MD) Suitland|
|College: Penn State|
|NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 3 / Pick: 91|
|Debuted in 2010 for the San Francisco 49ers|
|Roster status: Active|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 15, 2013
NaVorro Raymond Bowman (born May 28, 1988) is an American football linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Penn State University. He was selected by the San Francisco 49ers with the 91st overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. Playing alongside Patrick Willis, he is considered by most to be one of the best linebackers in the NFL today. His late-game defensive performance was key for the San Francisco 49ers in their 2013 NFC Championship victory against the Atlanta Falcons.
Bowman started sports at a young age and was a member of District Heights boys and girls club, where he played both basketball and football and was invited to many All-star Events. Bowman was a standout player at Suitland High School in Forestville, Maryland. He missed most of his senior season with a shoulder injury, but he had a very impressive junior campaign in which he recorded 165 tackles, 9 sacks, and 3 fumble recoveries as a linebacker and ran for 1,200 yards and 22 touchdowns as a running back. He was named the Maryland Defensive Player-of-the-Year, first-team All-State, Washington Post first-team All-Met and first-team All-Conference. He was recruited to Penn State by Larry Johnson, Sr.
After redshirting the 2006 season, Bowman played in nine games in 2007. He missed two games due to a sprained ankle suffered at Illinois. He recorded 16 tackles, with a sack, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, a blocked kick, and a pass breakup that season.
Bowman saw increased playing time in 2008, largely due to the graduation of All-American linebacker Dan Connor and injury to presumptive starter Sean Lee. Despite the attrition, however, Bowman kept the Nittany Lions ranked in the top ten among three primary defensive categories. Individually, Bowman led the Nittany Lions in total tackles (106), solos (61), and assisted tackles (45), was second in tackles for loss (16.5) and tied for third in sacks (4.0). He also forced two fumbles, recovered a fumble, grabbed an interception and had five pass breakups.
His first start came in week four versus Temple. He recorded 11 tackles, including five tackles for loss and three sacks, a forced fumble and an interception in the 45-3 win and was named Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week.
He finished the season with a heavy heart and an outstanding performance. Bowman played against Southern California in the 2009 Rose Bowl one day after his high school coach, Nick Lynch, was killed in an automobile accident in Maryland. Bowman responded by breaking the Penn State bowl record with five tackles for loss (minus-21 yards), and tying the Rose Bowl record set by Ohio State's Andy Katzenmoyer in the 1997 game. He also recorded his fourth sack of the season among his eight tackles (seven solo) against the Trojans. For his superb efforts against USC, Bowman was selected to ESPN.com's 2008-09 All-Bowl team, one of two Big Ten players named to the squad.
At season's end, he was named a consensus first team All-Big Ten.
Awards and honors
- Maryland Defensive PoY (2005)
- Maryland All-State (2005)
- Washington Post All-Met (2005)
- Big Ten Defensive PoW (9/20/2008), (11/14/2009)
- All-Big Ten (2008)
2010 NFL Draft
On January 4, 2010, Bowman's mother announced his decision to forgo his final year of NCAA eligibility and enter the 2010 NFL Draft. On the second day of the 2010 NFL Draft, Bowman was selected in the third round with the 91st overall pick by the San Francisco 49ers. He wears number 53.
Bowman played in all 16 games, starting one in place of Patrick Willis. Willis was ruled out for Week 17 after undergoing a second surgery on his broken right hand.
NaVorro Bowman's statistics in 2010
In his second NFL season, Bowman became the starter at inside linebacker with the departure of Takeo Spikes to free agency. Starting alongside All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis, Bowman made huge strides and finished the year with 143 tackles, 2 sacks, and 8 pass deflections. In addition, he was also the team leader in tackles, while finishing second in the NFL in solo tackles. With the emergence in Bowman's play, he helped a top ranked 49ers defense set a NFL single season record of not allowing a rushing touchdown for 14 games. The previous record was held by the 1920 Decatur Staleys, who did not allow a rushing touchdown in a 13 game season. Although he was not voted to the Pro Bowl for his stellar season, he was named to the First-Team All-Pro by the Associated Press. He was also voted No. 85 on NFL Network's Top 100 Players of 2012, which recognizes performance from the previous season.
NaVorro Bowman's statistics in 2011
Bowman once again earned First-Team All-Pro honors, and was one of a league high nine 49ers selected to the Pro Bowl, six of which came from the defensive side.
Bowman and the 49ers finished the 2012 campaign with an 11-4-1 record, good for second in the NFC. San Francisco took down the Green Bay Packers in the Divisional round of the playoffs in dominating fashion, in which Bowman recorded 6 tackles and 2 pass break-ups. In the following week's NFC Championship game in Atlanta, Bowman had another 2 tackles and a pass break-up, one of which was on the Falcons' most pivotal play of the game. Matt Ryan had led Atlanta downfield for what was shaping up to be a come-from-behind, last-second victory. Bowman's deflection of Ryan's intended pass to Roddy White sealed the 49ers' victory with just over a minute remaining. It was San Francisco's first road playoff win since the 1988 season, and one that earned them their first trip to the Super Bowl since 1995.
He is pursuing a degree in Crime, Law & Justice.
Bowman speaks frequently by phone with former Nittany Lion linebacker LaVar Arrington. The two first met during Arrington's stint with the Washington Redskins, when Bowman was playing at nearby Suitland High School. This friendship, along with their similarity in playing styles, has earned Bowman the nickname "LaVorro".
In 2013, Bowman launched his first annual youth football camp in his hometown of District Heights, Maryland. Bowman is also engaged and has 3 children.
Media and public appearances
- "Bowman Chooses Penn State". Scout.com. Retrieved 2008-09-22.
- "18 Navorro Bowman". Pennsylvania State University. Retrieved 2008-09-22.
- "MSU's Ringer Becomes First Offensive Player to Claim Three Straight Weekly Football Honors". Big Ten Conference. 2008-09-22. Retrieved 2008-09-22.
- "Navorro Bowman".
- "2008 All-Big Ten Conference Football Team: As selected by Conference Coaches". GoPSU.com. Retrieved 2008-11-25.
- Musselman, Ron (January 5, 2010), "Penn State's Bowman plans to enter NFL draft", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
- Langenbacher, Josh (2008-10-14). "Arrington tutors protégé Bowman". The Daily Collegian. Retrieved 2008-10-15.
- "Ink Master: NaVorro Bowman Steps In As The Special Guest Judge". Spike.