SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) – The San Francisco 49ers signed linebacker NaVorro Bowman to a four-year contract extension through the 2022 season Wednesday.

The 28-year-old Bowman missed the 2014 season after a devastating left knee injury during the NFC championship game, then returned last year and led the NFL with 154 total tackles. He also had 2 1/2 sacks and two passes defensed, earned first-team All-Pro honors and was a Pro Bowl selection.

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“The support I’ve received from my family and friends throughout my life, especially through the adversity of the past few years, has meant so much to me,” Bowman said in a statement released by the team. “I can’t wait for the season to start and play in front of the best fans in the NFL.”

The 6-foot, 242-pound linebacker was drafted in the third round in 2010 out of Penn State.

“Over the last six years, NaVorro has become a cornerstone of our organization and securing his future in the Bay Area was a priority for us,” general manager Trent Baalke said.

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