SANTA CLARA – 24-year-old All Pro inside linebacker NaVarro Bowman spoke in the media tent this afternoon. He talked about how he got so good so quickly, what he’s learning from defensive line coach Jim Tomsula and how he can stay grounded. Here’s a transcript.
Q: What allowed you to explode the way you did in just your second NFL season and your first season starting?
BOWMAN: Going through my rookie year not having too much on my plate. Coming into my second year, having Pat (Willis) to learn from. I’m a guy who loves to learn. I learn something on the practice field every single day.
Q: How much is it helping you to work with defensive line coach Jim Tomsula?
BOWMAN: It’s helping a lot. He’s slowing everything down so we can understand. He explains to us what his guys are going to do and how our alignment can help the guy in front of us.
Q: How do you deal with accomplishing so much so early in your career?
BOWMAN: Stay grounded, stay humble, never be complacent, just continue doing the things that got me here.
Q: How will you stay grounded?
BOWMAN: I’m 24. I have three kids. That’s my responsibility. That’s the way I’m going to stay humble, stay grounded.
Q: You had twins this offseason. What has it been like having two at one time?
BOWMAN: It’s exciting. I love my kids. They keep me going. When I go home they make me smile.