NaVorro Bowman feels disrespected

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San Francisco linebacker Navorro Bowman is healthy and ready to go for the 49ers after missing 12 games last year with a torn Achilles tendon. That was his second major injury in the last three years after he missed the entire 2014 season with a knee injury. And he thinks those injuries have people underrating him as one of the league’s top linebackers.

“For the respect not to be presented and given, it just doesn’t make sense to me,” Bowman told the San Francisco Chronicle.

Bowman noted that he wasn’t included in this year’s NFL Network list of the Top 100 players in the NFL.

“It’s still a joke,” Bowman said. “I’m getting paid like a top-100 player. What more do you want? They’re not giving away money. I’ve earned every single thing I have.”

Bowman said he considers himself the best linebacker in football.

“A healthy Bowman is still the best linebacker in the NFL,” he said. “What else has stopped me? A knee and an Achilles. What else? What else can you say about me?”

If Bowman wants others to believe that, words will matter less than actions. He can prove it on the field, starting on Sunday.

69 responses to “NaVorro Bowman feels disrespected

  1. LOL @ the overpaid Bowman believing that the best linebacker in football is one who has only played 20 out of 48 regular season games in the last three seasons.

  2. Talking in the third person?

    Yikes!

    Out of sight, out of mind, Bowman. This is the not for long league. Get out there and start making plays again.

    Using the amount of money he makes to explain his worth is weird. Is Andrew Luck a top 3 qb? No but he makes 25 per year. Overpaid player salary dumps are a thing. Guess it’s hard to talk stats when you aren’t actually playing.

  3. It’s corny but true: Sometimes the best ability is Availability. If he misses nearly 2 full seasons he can’t be considered among the best LB.

  4. When a player just happens to come in on the Top 100 at the number he’s wearing, you pretty much know it’s a joke.

  5. Calling attention to your salary to prove your status as one of the league’s best seems like a very bad idea.

  6. Why aren’t you in the Top 100? You said it yourself, pal. You’re too injury prone. The best ability is availability.

  7. Love me some Bow so I hope this fuels him… However Foster is looking like a young Patrick Willis already. With all respect to Bowman, he was still never Willis. Even his 2013 season as a DPOY candidate, it was largely due to Willis taking more responsibilities which allowed Navorro to shine.

  8. Dude you were good and still might be – but a knee and achilles is definitely going to slow you down. At that level even a fraction of a second in quickness/reaction time can be the difference between All Pro and “just a guy”. We shall see.

  9. I feel disrespected because Bowman thinks he’s disrespected. His comment regarding top 100 is the truth considering it contained some players that didn’t play a whole season and some others that frankly weren’t top 100.

  10. I agree on the third person comment. But what do we want? The best players stay on the field. That’s what we want. No one talks about you when you’re on the sidelines, except for the fact that you’re on the sidelines. Who cares that you get paid like a top player, that’s someone else’s mistake. I won’t compound it by talking about you in terms like people who play and earn that kind of respect.

  11. Very good when healthy.

    Spit at his ego if you want but most good or great players use that conviction and defensiveness in driving their study, effort and play.

  12. Anyone who talks about being disrespected deserves to be disrespected. Shut up and play and stay healthy.

  13. The best linebacker in football? Say hi to Bobby Wagner in week 2 when the Seahawks run over your team like a speed bump.

  14. Armchair quarterbacks don’t know what they are talking about. We got one preseason “power ranking” rating the Cleveland Browns as a better team than the 49ers. That shows how little they know about football.

  15. Bowman is nowhere near the best RB in the NFL. Due to his injuries he is one trick pony at this point, he is very good versus the run and a sure tackler but he can no longer move well laterally and sucks in coverage now at this point in his career. He isn’t even the best RB in his division, both SEA and ARI have better ILB’s than Bowman, I’d even take both of the NFC-W’s rookie LB’s ILB Rueben Foster and ILB/OLB Hasson Reddick over Bowman as they are ascending stars in the making while its all down hill from here on out for Bowman. He probably will be even worse and robbed of that much more speed/athleticism now that he is coming back from an torn Achilles injury and also has a major reconstructive knee surgery on his resume in just the last few years.

  16. The same power ranking rates Seattle above Atlanta and Green Bay, even though Seattle lost to both of these teams last season and even though Seattle has done nothing to improve their sorry excuse for an O line. Seattle will start the season in Green Bay, and that is almost certainly a loss for them. Nevertheless these power ranking “experts” will still put Seattle up there near the top, even though they may just have a crow for dinner.

  17. Hey podner, you have to earn respect. It’s only given in advance with participation awards. Stop whining and start producing and we’ll see if you deserve respect for your play.

  18. I wouldn’t call that disrespect for Bowman as much as respect for the severity of an ACL tear. Those RUIN careers.

    Sure, some people “heal fast” and an ACL tear is not the football career death sentence it once was. It’s still a monster injury though. And tough to bet against.

    I wish you all the luck in the world, Mr. Bowman, and I hope you overcome this and return to pro-bowl form. I’m just not going to put money on that happening though, thank you.

  19. You don’t get respect by saying people should respect you. Stay healthy this year and lead SF to a top 5 defense and an 8-8 record. Oh and shut up about yourself. That’ll lead to respect

  20. ““For the respect not to be presented and given, it just doesn’t make sense to me,” Bowman told the San Francisco Chronicle.”

    spare me … somebody give him a sometimes participant award to smooth his hurt feelings.

  21. “It’s still a joke,” Bowman said. “I’m getting paid like a top-100 player. What more do you want? They’re not giving away money. I’ve earned every single thing I have.”

    Wow. Just wow. Newsflash, money is not the measure of success in the NFL. I hope this guy NEVER plays for my team.

  22. Multiple-ring wearing linebacker, Donta Hightower, captain of the Pats D (which was ranked top 5 and 1st in scoring) is on $5.5M for 2017, which (according to spotrac) is the 263rd highest salary in the NFL. So Navorro, given that some fools paid you $9.6M this year, which is the 99th highest salary, are you saying you are 164 spots better than Hightower? Dude, team salary and league-quality are not tightly linked. But you are probably in the top 100 NFL egos.

  23. At 37 years of age, I’ve never talked about myself in the 3rd person.. Hopefully that day comes…

  24. Looks like a lot of 49ers haters are visiting this thread in unusually high numbers, judging from all those negative comments about a good guy who was a pro bowl player for years, and those asinine comments are getting an unusually high number of ballot stuffing thumbs up votes.

  25. Bowman is a straight up stud. I dont understand all the hate towards him on here. Man, some people just have to cry about everything i guess.

  26. Asinine comments generally attract lots of negative responses.
    BTW, Why don’t we skip the actual games and just have players campaign for rankngs on the totally contrived NFL Network’s Top 100, then use those rankings to extrapolate fantasy scores.

  27. If we could rid the planet of those who regularly use the words “disrespected” and “demand” the world would be a much better place.

  28. bird2urmother says:
    September 5, 2017 at 9:57 am
    Bowman is a straight up stud. I dont understand all the hate towards him on here. Man, some people just have to cry about everything i guess.

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    He’s saying he is being disrespected. People on here are just pointing out that his durability is very bad and that he’s suffered serious career changing injuries. It’s not hate toward him. His lack of inclusion in the top 100 players is not disrespect, it’s logic.

  29. “What else has stopped me? A knee and an Achilles. What else? What else can you say about me?”

    I guess what would say is shut up and ball. Just maybe stop talking about the labor and show us the baby and the respect will flow. Top 100 players as selected by your peers probably has a lot to do with actually being on the field. Or should a player that was out there to be evaluated by them not be on the list just to assuage your 3rd person sized ego?

  30. It’s just noise. I have never in my life let what people say about me effect how hard I work or to keep me up at night. Do not let stupid crap wear on you Bowman. Be who you are and tune it out.

  31. Bowman has a point. He’s had a hard luck career for a superstar. He made the play to seal SF’s win in Atlanta to go to super bowl 47, and the pick six to save candlestick’s finale. But just consider three other significant turnovers he forced in big playoff games in which the refs/NFL denied him his legacy…. forced the famous Ahmad Bradshaw fumble in the last minutes of NFC championship. Forced a John Kuhn fumble and recovery on the opening drive of wild card game in Green Bay. Intercepted Russel Wilson by rippingg catch from Kearse at the goal line of NFC championship, and lost his knee and full season in process.
    Also, Keuchly’s good 2012 which was padded by one huge statistical national game vs saints earned a DPOY when Bowman was clearly more dominant consistently that season. Now he’s been hearing how he should be cut from national and local media this offseason coming off a second devastating injury. “The talk of him getting cut so SF could plug in Reuben Foster is a crucial part of the backdrop.”

  32. He probably shouldn’t draw attention to his contract. 49ers don’t seem to have noticed.

    As for the top 100 list, its for the season. He was out nearly the whole year. Only special players like Adrian Peterson can miss the year and still make that list.

  33. Michael Toebe says:
    September 5, 2017 at 8:05 am

    Very good when healthy.

    Spit at his ego if you want but most good or great players use that conviction and defensiveness in driving their study, effort and play.
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    Good or great players don’t obsess over whether or not they made some arbitrary and meaningless list.

  34. Must be a millennial… crying because he wasn’t on one of the most bs shows/lists ever created! The top 100 is a garbage list – time filler for NFLN because they need something to fill up space with. The list is about 75% inaccurate so why do you care?

  35. Possibly underrated before the injuries, when he was playing at a HOF level. But not now. He might still good against the run – we’ll have to see, but he couldn’t cover anymore even before the Achilles. That’s kind of important in a league with 40 pass attempts per game.

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