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November 19, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman (53) is congratulated by inside linebacker Patrick Willis (52) after making a tackle against the Chicago Bears in the fourth quarter at Candlestick Park. The 49ers defeated the Bears 32-7. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

49ers' Bowman Remembers Roots Thru Ink

When the San Francisco 49ers drafted NaVorro Bowman in the third-round (91st pick) in the 2010 NFL Draft, they had no idea he would get a tattoo representing his accomplishment. In only his third year, Bowman has quickly established himself as one of the premier linebackers in the game. A two-time All-Pro, Bowman has since decided to get a tattoo representing his journey to the NFL.

The ink is located on Bowman’s right bicep with the “NFL shield.” The tattoo is a constant reminder to Bowman, regarding the hardship and sacrifice to get to this point. As he said:

It’s really a tattoo that I always wanted. I felt like it was the elite part of playing this game. All the way from Pop Warner to College is a lot of work. And for me to be at this level, I feel like that shield should be on my arm. I walk proudly with it.

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