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Mike and Mike had a question portion of their show this morning and one of the questions was, "Who will be the best #52 in the Super Bowl, Willis or Lewis?" I believe Golic went with Willis and Greenberg went with Lewis. Very last thing Greenberg said before moving on to the next question was, "But neither one of them will be the best Linebacker on the field, Navorro Bowman will be." Golic immediately agreed with him.
Good to see Bowman playing so well and representing LBU in the league!
Absolute beast out there right now, and looks sooooo comfortable this year with the feel and flow of the game.
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He was never held in the same light as Poz or Sean Lee, but arguably one of the most talented linebackers we have ever had. He had the off field issues early on, and he left a year early without really "consulting" with the coaches, but from an athletic standpoint he was a man among boys. I still remember the LSU bowl game with the muddy field and he was the most dominating player in the game.
I've been telling people this for a year. If Lee could stay healthy, we'd very likely have the top two, or two of the top 3/4 LB in the league, and likely three in the top 10 (Poz is still nasty, but his teams always suck).
My brother is a huge Niners fan...when they drafted Bowman I told him he got a really good player who flew under the radar. He immediately pointed to draft reports and stats saying Bowman would be a good player but didn't think he would ever be great. I told him that Bowman was always a great player but minor injuries and a trip to Joe's doghouse/suspension kept his overall numbers down. You just knew watching him play he would be really good. I'm so happy for Navarro....unlike Poz, he got to a team that was able to give him exposure.
I heard it live too and was beyond pumped for him.
Bowman was definitely the fastest to the ball of the bunch. Man could he bring it when he was at Penn State (I guess he still can, too).
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I remember watching him in person my first year at PSU and thinking "just how the hell does this guy manage to never get blocked out of a play!?"
He's so quick to the ball and has this hard to put into words quality about his game. It's like he's covered in Vaseline and just slips away from any oncoming blocker to make a play.
I haven't seen that in any other college linebacker. Ever.
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Yeah, you'd watch the replays and you'd think "Why is no one blocking this guy?" And then you realized that they were trying very hard to block that guy. They just couldn't.
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He's sneaky, but he's also strong as hell. He was always able to take blocks from much bigger players and almost shrug them off at times. I remember him tossing the USC lineman out of the way in the Rose Bowl, extraordinary.
Bowman was and is a killer at lb.
Someone actually picked Lewis over Willis? What a joke.
Yes Iam glad Bowman is getting some much deserved recognition this year. I thought he had quite a year last year too. It would be nice to see Josh Hull get some love too. It is hard when he is backing up Laurinitis.
There's really not much for me to see or watch during this year's super bowl aside from the commercials and Bowman!
October 12, 2013. PSU 43 - UM 40 (4 OT). Unfortunately this fan wasn't around long enough to see it!
For all the plays he's made, it's one he didn't make that always sticks in my mind. I think it might have been '09 tOSU and he had Pryor in his sights in the backfield, but Pryor caught a glimpse of him and turned just out of his grasp and converted into a TD scamper.
It was an amazing play for him to get the but I think just more how tough TP was to bring down. That might have been their first TD that game. At least that's how my failing memory has it.
Still, sweet to have him on the field Sunday.
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i remember attending the game bowman broke out in vs temple in 2008. He had 3 sacks and 5 TFL, completely dominated that day. also had a strong performances vs. USC in the rose bowl and vs. OSU that same year. I also got to witness his int return vs Ind in 2009.. kid was fun to watch and was surprised he slipped to the 3rd round.. I think his incidents with weed made him fall but SF got a steal.
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People say this and I don't understand why.
Two teams who haven't been in the Super Bowl in a long time. Far more interesting than NE in.
I don't really like either team, but I'm actually looking forward to this one.
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This. Wasn't that the year USC had 4 LB's drafted? Bowman was better than all of them that day and probably now as well.
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As a Temple med student, but Penn State fan I'm excited to see both Bernard Pierce and Bowman play each other again.
I wish Mike and Mike would have asked which #52 is more likely to have an interception... because you know Ray will definitely take a stab at it
sorry, a Steelers fan can't resist :)
There were a couple of incidents like the one you mentioned and he also had the on campus "fight" where he punched another kid in the nose. The unfortunate part of all that is he was a young man that just lost his father and HS coach and had to figure out how to deal with that. He did get punished by Paterno for the fight, but from my understanding was not officially in the doghouse.
That being said, NaVorro was and is a beast of a football player. It is nice to see that he is getting the recognition that he deserves.
my long lasting memory of Bowman was in '08 during the butt kicking we were laying on Wisconsin in Madison. Their stud "bulldozer", PJ Hill, took a handoff on a short yardage situation and Bowman absolutely blew him up in the backfield. Don't know why I remember that play so vividly but it just sticks in my mind. Absolutely awesome player.
As a 49ers + Penn State fan, I've done a fair amount of Bowman watching. I've come to be most impressed with his coverage skills. Run support, the occasional pass rush, assignment responsibility, reliable tackling, all part of the package. But you'll have a hard time trying to create significant "mis-matches" w/ RBs and TEs on him.
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