NaVorro Bowman hasn’t played in the NFL since 2017. However he didn’t actually retire until June, and then yesterday it was announced he was signing with the San Francisco 49ers. This wasn’t for him to make a comeback, however. This move was strictly so he could retire as a 49er.
So he can retire as a member of the franchise, the #49ers have signed LB NaVorro Bowman. Bowman, who last played in 2017 with the Raiders, officially retired in June. Here’s the story from the spring: https://t.co/FpR4gvE6Np
— Eric Branch (@Eric_Branch) July 22, 2019
Bowman spent parts of all eight of his NFL seasons as a member of the 49ers. For a team with such a storied history, Bowman should be considered one of the greats.
Of his eight NFL seasons, seven of which he actually got to play in, Bowman recorded over 100 tackles five times, including his last actual season in 2017.
On top of that NaVorro Bowman also led the league in tackles in 2015.
His career likely would’ve been longer had it not been for a catastrophic leg injury suffered in the 2013 NFC Title game against Seattle.
That injury certainly made an impact on his career. He missed all of 2014. In 2015 however he came back and led the league in tackles. 2016 saw him suffer through another injury-plagued season, however.
Following that 2016 season, he was able to put together one more full season. He was productive that year, but the injuries were taking their toll on him trying to make it through a season.
NaVorro Bowman Hall of Fame Candidacy
On the surface, he is a Hall of Famer. Bowman was one of the top players at his position for most of his career. The only thing possibly holding him back is longevity.
Bowman didn’t have the longest career, only being in the league for eight years and playing seven. If something were to hold him back it would be that.
However, he shouldn’t be penalized for that. When healthy Bowman was an absolute force, one of the best linebackers of his generation. And on top of that, he’s one of the best defensive players in the history of a storied franchise.
Bowman likely won’t be a first-ballot Hall of Famer and he might even have to wait a few years once he’s eligible. But it should only be a matter of time for him.
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