Thursday, April 24, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

49ers LB NaVorro Bowman having career season

NaVorro Bowman

San Francisco 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman, center, dives into the end zone after returning an interception 89-yards for a touchdown during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in San Francisco, Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. The 49ers won 34-24. (AP Photo/San Jose Mercury News, Josie Lepe) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES

SANTA CLARA — In recent weeks, NaVorro Bowman has received a pair of high compliments from two important men in his life.

Close friend and fellow linebacker Patrick Willis told Bowman, the teammate he considers a brother, that he is having a tremendous season — a year Willis himself would love to have.

In addition, 49ers boss Jed York approached Bowman to say he noticed how the star defender avoided overly celebrating an 89-yard touchdown return that sealed a Dec. 23 win against Atlanta in Candlestick Park’s finale. Rather, he cherished making up for an earlier miscue on an onside kick that could have cost his team the game.

Bowman appreciates all the good will and thoughtfulness. There has been plenty this year as he leads the defense for San Francisco (12-4), which opens the playoffs with an NFC wild-card matchup at Green Bay on Sunday.

Most notably, Bowman is thrilled to be in the conversation for Defensive Player of the Year, which is announced Super Bowl week.

“It means a lot. When I came into this league, I was drafted in the third round. When you’re drafted in the third round, people don’t expect much out of you,” Bowman said. “It took a part out of me and put a chip on my shoulder and had me wanting to prove myself. That’s what I’ve been doing. I learned a lot from Pat, but I don’t want to stay in anyone’s shadow. All of those things played a part. It just shows I’m getting better every single year, I’m not staying the same. A Defensive Player of the Year has to be consistent.”

With all due respect to Willis, Bowman wants nothing more than to establish himself separately from his four-year teammate. Bowman has emerged as the 49ers’ most dominant linebacker.

“I told him the other day, coming back after the Arizona game, I said: ‘Man, you’re having the kind of year that linebackers want to have. I know you’re most certainly having the kind of year that I would love to have,’” Willis said Wednesday. “But he’s my brother. I’m always going to be his biggest fan. He’s my teammate. I’m just glad to see him do well. When one of us does well, we all do well. That’s how we think as a team.”

What Bowman accomplished in December alone went unmatched by any player all season: three sacks, two interceptions, one returned for a touchdown, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

“The way the league’s set up, the month of December separates the good teams, separates the good players from the great players,” Bowman said. “If that’s the way my body works, if I get stronger as the season gets on, I’ll take it. It’s just the preparation every single week, staying in the weight room and not saying, ‘It’s the middle of the season, I’m not going to lift as hard.’”

The 25-year-old Bowman, drafted out of Penn State in 2010, had 149 tackles, two sacks, an interception and a forced fumble last season. He has built on that this year, earning a Pro Bowl selection. He has 145 tackles, five sacks, two interceptions and four forced fumbles.

The play everyone will remember most leaves its mark among the great moments in more than four decades of them at Candlestick — that 89-yard interception return with Matt Ryan driving the Falcons.

“It’s the biggest highlight. Just hearing linemen, even DBs, they dream of having a play and picking the ball off and having all green grass in front of them,” said Bowman, signed to a five-year contract extension worth $45.25 million in November 2012. “I can only imagine what they were feeling and how exciting it was.

“I made a huge mistake early in that game. (CEO) Jed York said he noticed my energy after the game wasn’t, ‘Yeah, I scored an interception for 89 yards,’ it was, ‘I’m glad I made that play to make up for what I did.’ As a defensive player who looks to be one of the best, you have to eliminate being down on yourself because no one’s going to be perfect throughout the whole game. But you can make it better if you can stay on it.”

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is quick to point out Bowman’s influence on the defense.

“The last couple years he’s had the recognition and credit he deserves for the type of player that he is,” Rodgers said Wednesday. “It’s a talented defense with a lot of big names. He’s one of the top players in the league. The film doesn’t lie, when you watch the film they’re a stout defense. He pops out every time you turn the film on.”

Bowman and his teammates want to take last season’s special run one step further and win the franchise a sixth championship.

“We can do something special if we all stay together and stay on the same page,” Bowman said.

Notes: CB Carlos Rogers (right hamstring) didn’t practice. “We’ll see, sore yesterday, better today, continue to see how the healing goes,” coach Jim Harbaugh said.

The Associated Press

The Associated Press

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

.

Solano News

 
Congressman talks Travis, water

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A1, 4 Comments | Gallery

Travis lines up 2 days of aviation excellence

By Ian Thompson | From Page: A1, 1 Comment | Gallery

 
Appreciate how good we have it now

By Angela Borchert | From Page: A2

 
 
Dixon May Fair has deals on advance tickets

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A3

 
Garamendi talks love, pro football and Peace Corps

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A3, 4 Comments | Gallery

 
Author to sign books at Vacaville Museum

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A3

Kroc Center women schedule inaugural Taster Tea

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A3

 
Docents to lead paddling tour in marsh

By Adrienne Harris | From Page: A4

Juneteenth committee extends vendors, exhibitors deadline

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A4

 
Congressional Art Competition is back

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

 
Spilled tomato juice case set for trial

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A4, 5 Comments

Theme park welcomes seal pup

By Adrienne Harris | From Page: A4

 
 
Suisun City police log: April 22, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

 
Suisun City police log: April 21, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

Fairfield police log: April 21, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

 
Weather for Thursday, April 24, 2014

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B12

Fairfield police log: April 22, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

 
.

US / World

Syrian activists accuse Assad of new gas attacks

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

 
Murder charge for Vallejo man in head-on crash

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

California bill reignites affirmative action fight

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5, 3 Comments

 
Andy Lopez protest leads to school campus lockdown

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5, 3 Comments

Navy Cross bestowed on heroic Marine

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

 
Airport official: Teen had no clue he was in Maui

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

US weighs clemency for inmates jailed for 10 years

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6, 1 Comment

 
Gun carry rights expanded in Ga. under new law

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6, 4 Comments

First lady announces one-stop job site for vets

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6, 2 Comments

 
Rail safety effort marred by squabbling

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6, 1 Comment

Small Wyoming town evacuated after gas explosion

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

 
Bashtag: NYPD Twitter campaign backfires

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6, 1 Comment

Soldier convicted in WikiLeaks case gets new name

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

 
Lawyer: US man held in Cuba seeks to go home soon

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10, 1 Comment

Captain who left doomed ferry had 40 years at sea

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
Russian social media CEO quits, flees country

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

Amid Russia warning, Ukraine is in a security bind

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10, 1 Comment

 
Palestinian rivals to try again for unity deal

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

Camilla’s brother dies in US after head injury

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
State senators get ethics training after scandals

By The Associated Press | From Page: A12, 7 Comments

.

Opinion

Question of the week: Will Flight 370 be found?

By Daily Republic | From Page: A11

 
Be the first and give specifics

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A11, 2 Comments

What we can do about crime

By Kelvin Wade | From Page: A11, 14 Comments

 
Castro at odds with mentor on deportations

By Ruben Navarrette | From Page: A11

Some Earth Day boos and cheers

By Jay Ambrose | From Page: A11

 
.

Living

Today in History for April 24, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Community Calendar: April 24, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

When Joe’s mad at me, he also ignores my 7-year-old son

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: A9

 
Horoscopes for April 24, 2014

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: A9

.

Entertainment

TVGrid

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Jodie Foster weds artist Alexandra Hedison

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

Singer Chris Brown’s DC trial delayed for months

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
Performing dogs go big after $1 million TV prize

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

Amazon snares classic shows in deal with HBO

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
.

Sports

Mustangs swim to sweep of Indians

By Marcus Lomtong | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Warriors, Clippers to meet in Oakland for Game 3

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Sharks confident with chance to sweep LA Kings

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Girls soccer update: Armijo, Vanden on way to playoffs

By Paul Farmer | From Page: B1 | Gallery

A’s reject 10-year Coliseum lease offer

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Prep softball: Vanden rolls to 14-0 win over Fairfield

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B2

 
Prep badminton: Unbeaten Mustangs cruise past Crushers

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B2

Prep boys golf: Vikings suffer SCAC loss to Panthers

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B2

 
Sanchez’s slam in 11th helps Giants beat Rox 12-10

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Prep track: Armijo girls get win in MEL 4-way meet

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B2

 
Perez helps Rangers sweep A’s with 3-0 win

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Party a century in the making for Wrigley Field

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Emmert supports more efficient, effective NCAA

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

Phelps having fun in his return to swimming

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3 | Gallery

 
Suns’ Dragic honored as NBA’s Most Improved Player

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

Seahawks to open NFL season vs. Packers

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

 
Oldest living ex-MLB player dies in Cuba at 102

By The Associated Press | From Page: B12

 
.

Business

Wellness programs grow more popular with employers

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

 
Sales of new US homes plunge 14.5 percent in March

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

Buffett disapproves of Coca-Cola’s pay plan

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

 
Amazon snares classic shows in deal with HBO

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

US stocks edge lower after a six-day rise

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

 
Facebook 1Q results soar; CFO to step down

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

Apple increases stock buyback, will split stock

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6, 1 Comment

 
.

Obituaries

Phyllis J. Miller

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Dondi Martin

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

.

Comics

Rose is Rose

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Garfield

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Pickles

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
For Better or Worse

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Peanuts

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Wizard Of Id

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Dilbert

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Baldo

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Blondie

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Baby Blues

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Beetle Bailey

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Sally Forth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

B.C.

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Frank and Ernest

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Get Fuzzy

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Zits

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Cryptoquote

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

 
Crossword

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

Word Sleuth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

 
Bridge

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

Sudoku

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9