Attitude is everything in the National Football League. Sometimes all you can control is how you feel and how you display your emotion. In most cases, those who handle their stress in a calm and cool manor tend to succeed in trying circumstances.
Enter NaVorro Bowman. San Francisco's three-time All-Pro linebacker did everything he could this past year to lead the Niners to a Super Bowl victory. Ultimately, Bowman's quest to be a world champion fell short. Making matters worse, he suffered a serious knee injury in the NFC title game during a goal line collision that saw the star linebacker force a fumble and hold on to it while he was in serious pain. As Bowman was down on the field and eventually carted off the field with a torn ACL in his left knee, San Francisco's star linebacker did his best to keep his emotions in check.
The end to Bowman's season doesn't spoil the rest of it. Fans of the Niners will look back on 2013 and remember everything the fourth-year linebacker did to make it memorable. You can't look past the 145 tackles he made in the regular season, plus the career-high five sacks, four forced fumbles and two interceptions.
Oh, and if you were living under a rock for the past few months, Bowman closed a 43-yard run at Candlestick Park with serious style points as he intercepted Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and returned the takeaway 89 yards to score the final touchdown.
We won't remember Bowman being carted off in Seattle. When we think about Bowman's epic season, we'll remember him sacking Cam Newton in the NFC Divisional Playoffs and imitating the quarterback's signature Superman celebration. We'll remember Bowman chasing Russell Wilson all over the field in a Week 14 home win over Seattle. We'll remember the way Bowman came through for the Niners in the biggest games of the year. No, scratch that. We'll remember how he came through for the team in every game of the 2013 season.
Bowman's injury hurts. We don't know when he'll be able to return to the field, but if anyone knows Bowman, they will recall his attitude and how it will allow him to follow the doctor's orders and do whatever is necessary to return with a vengeance.
While Bowman is on the mend, a tough circumstance to say the least, the star linebacker and Defensive Player of the Year candidate posted a message to Niners fans on his personal Instagram account. "I will like to take the time out to thank all of you for your support!! Niner fans are truly the best!!!" wrote Bowman as a caption to a recent post. "I am truly blessed to have your support and look forward to connecting with all of you during my recovery!"
That's the type of attitude that separates the good ones from the great ones. And that's why Bowman is easily one of the greatest players in football.
Best of luck in your recovery Bo.
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