Navorro Bowman retires

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Former 49ers linebacker Navorro Bowman has called it a career.

Bowman, who didn’t play in the NFL last year, announced his retirement today.

The 31-year-old Bowman was once among the best defensive players in the NFL, but injuries robbed him of what should have been some of his prime years. An ugly leg injury in the NFC Championship Game after the 2013 season cost him the entire 2014 season, and although he managed to return and start all 16 games in 2015, he then missed most of the 2016 season and was cut by the 49ers in 2017. He finished his career that year with the Raiders.

Unfortunately for Bowman, he may be best remembered for that horrible injury, which came when he made an outstanding play, appearing to strip the ball from Seattle’s Jermaine Kearse. The officials on the field ruled that the Seahawks had retained the ball, and at that time replay didn’t allow such plays to be reviewed. The following offseason, that replay rule was changed.

A third-round pick of the 49ers out of Penn State in 2010, Bowman was a four-time first-team All-Pro.

35 responses to “Navorro Bowman retires

  1. One of the best Niners in recent years. Blew out his knee and was never the same. I’ll never forget when he got hurt and that disgusting Seattle fanbase threw food and beer at him. The worst fans in America. Congrats, Bow on a great career that got cut short.

  2. Bow, thanks for all the great memories.It was awesome to watch you play! Go 9ers.

  3. Unfortunately for Bowman, he may be best remembered for that horrible injury, which came when he made an outstanding play, appearing to strip the ball from Seattle’s Jermaine Kearse
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    Not at all. Real Niners fans remember Bowman for the Pick at the Stick.

  4. I’ll never forget when he got hurt and that disgusting Seattle fanbase threw food and beer at him. 

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    that’s funny it seems like you’ve already forgotten. There was some popcorn that got thrown on him there was no beer. Popcorn…Yes that was disrespectful but this aint Philly.

    This fan from Seattle has mad respect for NaVorro Bowman. I go to Seattle games screaming Seahawks but if I saw somebody throwing food at NaVorro Bowman I’d stop it for sure… As I’m sure many fans around that one guy who threw popcorn did.

    You can be like Richard Sherman and make up stuff to fuel your rage though, nobody stopping you and it worked for him…for awhile.

  5. Who was the better linebacker drafted from Penn State that year–

    Bowman, or teammate Sean Lee?

  6. Dang what a shame.

    He had some good moments with the Raiders his last year, and im confident hes better than a handful of starting MLBs in the league atm. I actually wanted the Raiders to bring him back last year but they signed an even more injury prone player in Johnson. Shame he doesnt have quite the pop to cover the entire field anymore in this passing league.

  7. I’ll remember him for the pick six at the last game at the stick to seal a big victory over the Falcons. He was unreal for a few seasons….even upstaging the great Pat Willis. One of the best sideline to sideline MLBs the game will ever see, unfortunately he didn’t get to play as long as we would’ve liked. Thanks for everything Bow!

  8. No bowman won’t be remembered for his injuries. He had a good career. What a idiotic comment

  9. “One of the best Niners in recent years. Blew out his knee and was never the same. I’ll never forget when he got hurt and that disgusting Seattle fanbase threw food and beer at him.”

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    If you think anyone threw food and beer at your guy then perhaps you need to be looking at your own fan base. This was a championship game of west coast teams, niner fans always make it up to Seattle and the tunnel he exited in was encompassed by them. I was there.

    So what you saw was either your own fans throwing food at him, or the fact that dozens of rowdy fans in a crowded environment dropped some of their popcorn accidentally on him as he exited.

  10. I know he’s a 9er but once a Raider, always a Raider. We had zero INTs as a team before he showed up in 2017 and he beasted in primetime after being on the team for like 3 days.

    We didn’t finish with a good defense that year but before he arrived, we were abysmal.

    Great career cut short by an injury on an incredible effort play that was called incorrectly.

  11. I thought he retired years ago. It’s sad looking at how loaded those 49ers teams were but kept underachieving with Alex Smith at QB. They should have won at least 2 SBs.

  12. The 49ers are not my guys, but this Bowman guy…, he was awesome. Bowman and Willis we’re amazing. I cannot think of a better duo for at least a decade or more?
    Wishing you success in life after football.

  13. If you think anyone threw food and beer at your guy then perhaps you need to be looking at your own fan base. This was a championship game of west coast teams, niner fans always make it up to Seattle and the tunnel he exited in was encompassed by them. I was there.

    So what you saw was either your own fans throwing food at him, or the fact that dozens of rowdy fans in a crowded environment dropped some of their popcorn accidentally on him as he exited.

    Only a Seabuzzard fan can come up with this. Accidentally dropped popcorn? Seabuzzards may accidentally drop things, usually on a freshly washed car, not fans.

    Signed,
    Biggest 49er Fan Ever

  14. “Only a Seabuzzard fan can come up with this. Accidentally dropped popcorn? Seabuzzards may accidentally drop things, usually on a freshly washed car, not fans.

    Signed,
    Biggest 49er Fan Ever”
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    Video shows a few kernels of popcorn falling on him. This is literally what happens and what niner fans have been crying about since they lost all those years ago.

    It doesn’t take conspiracy theorist to consider that packed shoulder to shoulder in an nfl stadium during a championship game someone might drop some popcorn.

    I’m sorry about the L.

  15. I’ve had popcorn fall on me in the main section of the movie theater directly underneath the balcony rows during a rowdy movie(Friday the 13th the final chapter on opening night on Friday the 13th at midnight… packed house, yeah I’m old so what). Getting hit by falling popcorn actually enhanced the experience and I remember it fondly. It’s funny how prospective changes things. Losing makes everything terrible.

  16. My favorite Navarro Bowman memory is when we played the Seahawks in the regular season in 2013. Russell Wilson was tearing up the league with his ability to make plays with his feet. He tried to break contain and run against my 49ers and Bow immediately chased Russell down and smashed him senseless. Russell Wilson knew he was in for a long day after that play.

    Also closing out Candlestick with a pick six against Atlanta, and making the big stop against the Falcons in the NFC championship, and sending the 49ers to the Superbowl.

    Bowman is one of the players/coaches that represents the glorious period of oasis in the vast Desert known as The Yorks Era of 49ers ownership.Hopefully the 49ers find their way out again.

    Great career Bowman. Best wishes regarding his retirement.

  17. That was a missed call. Bowman was down before the ball was stripped. If the correct call had been made, Seattle might not have been able to go to the Super Bowl that season.

  18. Bowman was a great LB. Height, speed and agility to cover TEs with the toughness and smarts to dominate in the run game.

    Football can be a cruel mistress and that injury was cruel.

    Bowman was a class act off the field too.

  19. 49ersfury,
    Great post. Seahawks fan here, but ultimate respect for the Harbaugh 49ers. There were no games on the schedule that I fretted about more. To me, the Niners-Hawks NFC Championship game WAS the Super Bowl that year. I think watching it took years off all of our lives.

    Looking forward to the Niners coming back to power. Thrashing a 2-win team isn’t very interesting.The best beating the best- that’s what it’s all about.

    Enjoy your retirement, Navarro. Hope your body isn’t a mess. Respect for the plays you made against Seattle. We’re lesser off w/o you on the field.

    And sorry for the popcorn incident. That was classless and definitely not representative of the Seattle fanbase. All true fans hated seeing that.

  20. Great player whose career basically ended on one play in the 2013 NFC Championship Game. He might as well have never returned after that as the athlete who had been was gone.

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