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Former Penn State Standouts Bowman, Wisniewski Nominated for Pro Football Hall of Fame

Former Penn State and NFL standouts NaVorro Bowman and Steve Wisniewski have been named as two of the 129 modern-era nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Bowman, a linebacker, is in his first year of Hall of Fame eligibility. He played eight seasons for the San Fransisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders. 

Bowman was a three-time Pro Bowler (2012, 2013, 2015) and a four-time first-team All-Pro (2011-2013, 2015) playing alongside Patrick Willis as a part of a dominant 49ers defense that went to Super Bowl XLVII, where the team fell just short of beating the Baltimore Ravens.

At Penn State, Bowman was a first-team All-Big Ten selection in 2008.

Bowman suffered a serious knee injury in the 2013 NFC Championship game against the Seattle Seahawks and missed the entire 2014 season. But he bounced back in 2015 and recorded 154 tackles and one forced fumble.

Wisniewski, an offensive guard, played for the Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders from 1989-2002 earning eight Pro Bowl selections, two first-team All-Pro selections, six-time second-team All-Pro selections and a place on the 1990’s All-Decade Team. 

Wisniewski only missed two games in his career due to injury.

While at Penn State, Wisniewski was a two-time All-American and was a member of the 1986 national championship team.

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