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by Tzvi Twersky | @ttwersky
NaVorro Bowman has always excelled at defense, no matter the sport. Nowadays, the 23-year-old is known for leading his team, the San Francisco 49ers, in tackles. But as an adolescent in the DMV, he was known for his ability to lock down opponents while playing his first love, basketball. One of the leaders behind the NFC West-winning Niners’ resurgence this season, the 6-0, 242-pound linebacker credits his extensive background in basketball for his ever-bright future in football.
SLAM: We’ve heard you were a helluva basketball player coming up in the DMV.
NaVorro Bowman: [Laughs] Yeah, I played a little bit.
SLAM: There was one story about you and OJ Mayo…
NB: Yeah, I shut him down. I played for DC Assault and was always checking the other team’s best player. When we played against Mayo’s AAU team, I locked him down. He was known as a real good player around that time, and I was on him, and I did a good job on him. That’s where I earned my nickname, Big G...
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