Navorro Bowman: My Defensive Player of The Year

010313-Bowman-Header Throughout the San Francisco 49ers up and down season, there has been one constant. That constant is Navorro Bowman. The 49ers have suffered from injuries to so many players. Patrick Willis missed some time, as did Aldon Smith, Ray MacDonald on the defensive side of the ball. Some players shy away from the chance to rise up. Bowman instead embraced it. He set out to show the country that he can carry the 49ers defense despite not having two of his fellow key players on the field. That is exactly what he did when he took over the week four game against the St. Louis Rams. It was a turning point for the 49ers season as Bowman registered two sacks on the day. Navorro+Bowman+Atlanta+Falcons+vs+San+Francisco+7TlzOBly-Kzx_000Bowman has become a Mariano Rivera like closer with the way that he has shut down games. Just look at the two games that he had against the Atlanta Falcons. He showed his coverage skills in the NFC Championship game by taking on one of the league’s better receivers in Roddy White. He had a pass break up that sealed the deal for the 49ers in that game. Then this year he provided the 49ers fans with another memorable Candlestick moment when he dropped back into coverage and caught a pass deflection that he returned for a touchdown. Thanks to ESPN, we got to learn a bit more about Bowman. He was featured on the ESPN award winning documentary called E:60. It showed how Bowman is so proud to be a father and how he was able to connect with his family that he never knew existed. Bowman has also done a toy drive with the Bayview YMCA and the Urban Ed Academy, both of which are from Hunters Point District. Their objective was to make the Christmas season a better time for over 200 disadvantaged kids. We at Pro Football Central and Niner Talk Central are excited about the opportunity to talk to Navorro Bowman on his way to a “Meet and Greet” at Lefty’s Sports Collectibles in Burlingame, California. Bowman has had a very good run over the past three years. He has cemented himself atop of the inside linebacker rankings. This year my NFL player awards ballot will feature the easy decision to name Navorro Bowman the Defensive Player of the Year.