Despite the San Francisco 49ers having a down season, it was nice to see a couple players continue to be recognized by the fans, coaches, and peers as being one of the best. As a result both LT Joe Staley and ILB NaVorro Bowman were named to this year’s Pro Bowl.
Staley, will be making his fifth consecutive appearance while Bowman will be making his third appearance overall. Staley, was drafted in the first-round (No. 28) of the 2007 NFL Draft and was the second of two first-round draft picks made by the 49ers that year. The team already added ILB Patrick Willis (No. 11) just 17 picks prior and wanted to shore up the offensive side of the ball.
#49ers G/T Alex Boone was named an alternate.
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In order to move back into the first-round, the 49ers struck a one-for-two deal with the New England Patriots which sent their future 2008 first-round pick (which became MLB Jerod Mayo) and a fourth-round pick in 2007.
The move seemed to pay off for the Forever Faithful as Staley has been a mainstay and key opponent of the team’s success.
Bowman, originally entered the NFL as a third-round pick (No. 91) of the 2010 NFL Draft, and has been a pleasant surprise since, as he has made the Pro Bowl in each of the last three seasons he’s played. Considered by many as one of the best linebackers in the game, Bowman continues to be the heart and soul of the team’s defense.
Bowman currently is tied for the NFL-lead in tackles with 136 while adding 2.0 sacks so far this season.