NaVorro Bowman retires and a look into famous linebacker duos (Gridiron Throne Podcast)

NaVorro Bowman

NaVorro Bowman has recently retired from the NFL as a member of the San Francisco 49ers. Bowman, who wasn’t in the NFL last year, finished his 2017 season a member of the Oakland Raiders after being released from the 49ers after five games. Bowman finished with 798 tackles and 14.0 sacks after 9 years in the league. He was a pivotal part of the 49ers defense that went to the super bowl and was voted a first team all-pro 6 times (by the Associated Press and Pro Football Focus). Bowman will be remembered among the 49ers faithful for the rest of his life but will also be remembered for his partnership with Patrick Willis.

Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman

Among linebackers duos these guys were great. On top of being great together, they did it in only three seasons starting together. Together from 2011-2013, they combined for 571 tackles, 14.5 sacks, and 6 interceptions (3 a piece). They will go down as a dominant duo for a reason alone that they produced the amount they did in the little time they had to do so. Willis retired after 2014 and was 28 at the end of their run while Bowman was 25 by the end of it. Unfortunately, they both had similar endings by not ending at the top of their game but made up for it with the legacy they built in San Francisco.

Questions from the podcast team

What are other linebackers duos you can think off that have played during the 100 years of the NFL? Would you take NaVorro Bowman and Patrick Willis in their prime together over other duos?

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