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Suitland football coach proud of former player’s Super Bowl performance

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Published on: Friday, March 01, 2013

By Sarah Hainesworth

While many Marylanders were cheering for the Baltimore Ravens during Super Bowl XLVII, some local fans were cheering for the opposing team, the San Francisco 49ers — specifically, the staff at Suitland High School.

For the second year in a row, NaVorro Bowman, a former Suitland High student, made his way to the Super Bowl.

Bowman graduated from Suitland High in 2006 and went on to play football at Penn State. Bowman has been a key asset to the San Francisco 49ers since 2010 when he was selected 91st overall in the 2010 NFL Draft.

Suitland’s current coach, Ed Shields, had nothing but positive things to say about the star alumnus.

“He was a very good student and a very good kid. He set the example of how you want kids with great athletic ability to be,” said Shields.

According to a Prince George’s County Public Schools press release, Bowman maintained a 3.5 GPA throughout his high school years.

Shields couldn’t help but recall Bowman’s memorable athletic abilities.

“He was a good linebacker and running back. In 2004, he led the team to the state championship,” Shields said. “We couldn’t have done it without him.”

Bowman was also a member of Suitland High’s basketball team.

Due to an injury, Bowman was out most of his senior year but still had some impressive stats during his junior year. He had 165 tackles, 22 touchdowns, nine sacks and three fumble recoveries.

The Super Bowl started off with the Baltimore Ravens in the lead for the entire first half. After an unexpected power outage at the Mercedes Benz Dome, the San Francisco 49ers gave the Ravens a run for their money. Rookie Colin Kaepernick scored a majority of the 49ers’ touchdowns, but Bowman stole the show when he tackled Ray Rice in the fourth quarter.

Baltimore defeated San Francisco 34-31, but Shields remains pleased with all of Bowman’s accomplishments.

“As a Suitland family, we are more than proud. He worked very hard, now he’s playing at the highest level. He’s one of the best linebackers in the NFL,” Shields said.

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