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The San Francisco 49ers announced Wednesday that they have placed CB Walt Harris on the Injured Reserve List. Harris suffered an ACL injury on May 19, 2009, and subsequently underwent surgery.
Harris is a 13-year veteran of the NFL, after originally being selected with the 13th overall pick in the 1996 NFL draft by the Chicago Bears out of Mississippi State. He joined the 49ers in 2006 after spending time with the Bears, Indianapolis Colts and Washington Redskins.
The team also announced that they have placed DL Ricky Jean-Francois on the Non-Football Illness List.
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It’s a big day for the 49ers website staff over here at team headquarters in Santa Clara, but not exactly for the obvious reasons.
Yes, rookies, quarterbacks and players coming off injury report in a couple of hours later today (Tuesday), two days before the rest of the veterans.
Yes, that signals that we are inching closer to the 49ers first training camp practice this Saturday.
And yes, head coach Mike Singletary will be addressing the media at 4:00pm – of course, we’ll be covering Singletary’s presser and the players arriving later today…
But, there’s another reason why our department is excited for today’s proceedings and that is because it signals the debut of “TV49 Outdoors: Skeet Shooting with Shaun and Alex.”
Technically, the video was shot mid-June, so airing it at the end of July should minimize our excitement. But, this one-of-a-kind outing deserved the royal treatment. When else are you going to get two quarterbacks competing for a starting position, out on the shooting range with a camera crew?
A quality outing with two entertaining competitors deserved the best coverage available; therefore we decided to save the video/story to be shown on our new website which debuted two weeks ago.
So let’s take a look back and find out exactly where the idea for TV49 Outdoors came from and break down what eventually took place on the shooting range that day.
It was the end of March and our digital media manager Scott Kegley (my boss) was up in Lake Tahoe at the 49ers 9th annual Winter & Wine Fest. Scott was covering the weekend event that featured appearances by a number of current and former 49ers players. Up in Tahoe that weekend were quarterback Shaun Hill and offensive lineman Adam Snyder. The two were planning a fly fishing excursion in nearby Truckee and Kegley decided to tag along with a video camera.
Hours later, Kegley had tons of great footage. Ultimately, right then and there “TV49 Outdoors” was born.
Kegley decided every once and awhile we’d try and convince some of our players to try different outdoor activities. Not only would it get the natural athletes out of their element, but it would become an entertaining show that could be aired on 49ers.com.
Once “Fishing with Hill and Snyder” aired, it was evident that TV49 Outdoors would be worth continuing.
But what would the next episode be about? Would it be possible to even top the fly fishing outing?
After debating between other outdoor activities like lumberjacking and canoeing, Kegley and Hill agreed that skeet shooting would make excellent sequel. Hill’s good friend Alex Smith was sitting at the locker next to Hill and the two began to discuss the outing.
Fast forward to the middle of the offseason, and the 49ers had just concluded seven consecutive days of practice (three days of minicamp practices and four days of organized team activities) and rest and relaxation seemed like a good idea.
However, the quarterbacks decided they wanted to do their cooling down on a shooting range with TV49 in attendance.
Joining Hill and Smith at the shooting range in Morgan Hill that day was Larry Schreiber, a former 49ers running back from 1971-75. Schreiber is a skeet shooting enthusiast, who was up to the task of spending the day on the range with the quarterbacks and giving them various shooting tips.
Before the competition began, Schreiber made sure to give his opponents some needed advice as they approached the first hole on the shooting range.
“It’s just like throwing a pass to a receiver in football,” Schreiber said. “When you follow the skeet, keep your gun moving and shoot out in front of it. If you were to shoot were the receiver was – you’re going to miss him!”
After hearing those words, Hill quickly asked, “They don’t put a defense out there do they?”
“There’s no defense out there,” Schreiber answered. “But you only have three seconds to shoot. So that’s faster than football, it’s almost identical!”
Even if they were out of their normal competitive scene, both Hill and Smith were up to the task of battling it out on the range.
“I’m sure we’ll find a way to make a friendly competition out of this,” Hill said in his opening monologue for the TV49 Outdoors episode while looking over at Smith. “How do you feel about your chances today?”
Smith wasn’t too confident in his chances of winning, since he’s only gone shooting one other time and Hill had gone five times mainly in his home state of Missouri.
“I’m not very good at this point, I feel like Larry is going to beat us. But we’ll see though, we’ll make it interesting,” Smith said.
Right off the bat, Schreiber had the advantage and got off to a comfortable lead. Hill connected on a couple of clay pigeons in his first round, while Smith had no such luck. He finished 0-for-10 on his first hole.
But two holes later, Smith picked his game up quickly.
“Little did I know that (three clays) was going to be the winning number on this hole (hole No. 3),” Hill said. “It was a tough one!”
Following Schreiber and Hill, Smith connected with his first clay of the day and was pumped about it.
“I got one! Which I’m feeling pretty good about,” he said to the camera.
“Really? You are feeling good about one?” Hill asked.
“It’s better than zero!” Smith answered back.
“Well, it was looking like zero for a long time for ya!” Hill teased back.
Although they took turns taking verbal jabs at each other for fun, the friends took time to enjoy the scenery around them.
“We’ve been going at it for seven straight days at the practice facility but this is a good way to get out and unwind a little bit,” Smith said in between holes.
Once the trio finished their first five holes, Schreiber left early to attend a prior engagement, but the quarterbacks continued on their way and decided to make the competition one-on-one. The back nine (second stage) of the shooting range included clay pigeons that came out at the shooter from multiple angles.
The different clays were called “birds” and “rabbits.”
“The birds, they don’t change their flight patterns,” Hill explained. “The rabbits, sometimes they jump higher or they’ll run. They’re just different targets.”
With different aiming points, Smith looked to get back in the competition that had started over with the quarterbacks against one another.
“I’m more of a bird guy,” Smith said to the camera after he had an impressive hole.
But despite his comeback effort, Hill edged Smith narrowly to win the skeet shooting competition.
“It went well today,” Hill said. “There’s a lot of practice that goes into being good with this, as there is with everything, but we had a lot of fun shooting at stuff. It was a blast and I won!”
Not even a second-place finish could hinder the fun Smith had on the range.
“Yeah, he did win, but it was fun,” he said. “I’ve done this one time (before). I didn’t grow up shooting guns and I wasn’t exposed to this before, but it’s a lot of fun to come out here. Even if you hit a couple, it’s still fun to come out and do something different.”
While Smith was a good sport about the competition, he couldn’t help but lay down a challenge to Hill.
“How about we do TV49 Indoors: Darts!”
To which Hill replied, “Darts? Where were you last night when we were playing them?”
A time and place for that matchup has not been set quite yet. But are there any other potential TV49 Outdoors segments you’d like to watch and read about in the future? Leave a comment on this blog post and who knows, maybe someday soon you’re episode idea will become an actual show on 49ers.com.
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Former 49ers defensive back Rod Woodson is one of the six members in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2009. The 17-year veteran who played with the Pittsburgh Steelers (1987-96), 49ers (1997), Baltimore Ravens (1998-2001) and Oakland Raiders (2002-03) answered questions on a number of topics including his fondest memories of the year he spent in San Francisco during a Monday conference call with members of the national media.
“It’s definitely an honor and a privilege to be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. I look at my life and really how long Pro Football has been going on, for over a hundred years and to be inducted one of 200-some odd guys to Pro Football’s Hall of Fame – I think it’s amazing,” the current NFL Network analyst said in his opening remarks.
As one of the top defensive backs to ever play the game, Woodson recorded 71 interceptions, 1,483 interception return yards, 2,362 punt return yards, and 17 touchdowns (12 of which were interceptions returned for scores, which is an NFL record).
Woodson also was a member of the 1990s All-Decade Team, and was named to the Pro Bowl 11 times. In 1994 Woodson one of only five active players to be named to the NFL’s 75th Anniversary Team (the others were Jerry Rice, Joe Montana, Reggie White and Ronnie Lott).
Later in Monday’s conference call, Woodson gave a compliment to current 49ers head coach Mike Singletary by saying he was honored to join the likes of Singletary and other great defensive players in the Hall of Fame.
“I look at myself as a country boy from Indiana and really it’s hard for me to perceive that I’m a Hall of Famer,” he said. “It’s hard for me to put myself in the category of the Joe Namath’s, the Ray Nitchske’s, and the Mike Singletary’s of the world. But it’s definitely an honor. It’s a privilege. The pinnacle of any professional football player’s career is to be inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and I’m definitely honored and excited about going to Canton.”
Woodson said he was honored to play for the 49ers in ’97 after a successful stint in Pittsburgh and that there’s one clear-cut memory of his season-long stint in San Francisco.
“(I remember) How good we were,” he said. “I left Pittsburgh to go to San Francisco for one reason and that was to win the Super Bowl. We fell short, losing the NFC Championship game to Green Bay. But, playing with Steve Young and Jerry Rice (was great). And (I remember) how good we were on defense, I believe we finished as the No. 1 overall defense in the league that year.
“It was a good feeling to play with people like Ken Norton Jr., Tim McDonald and Merton Hanks. (They were) the guys you admired from afar but really never got to play with them. I got to see them at some Pro Bowls, but I got to talk to them in the locker room (in San Francisco). And I got to really get to know them as people.”
As much as Woodson enjoyed playing with players he respected prior to joining the 49ers, he was excited to join another storied franchise like the 49ers.
“Really, my fondest memory was of how good we were as a team even though we did come up short in the championship game. But, being in the Bay Area really made it fun to be there. It was fun to see the diversity of culture, which was completely different than Pittsburgh. The weather was completely different than Pittsburgh. Going from one storied franchise like the Steelers to another one like the 49ers was great. If you remember, that was Eddie D’s last year as the owner of the 49ers. So it was an honor to be around him and see how he treated his guys. You heard from afar how it was and I got to experience it for one year with Eddie D in control.”
Woodson and the rest of the 2009 HOF Class will be enshrined on Saturday, Aug. 8 at 7PM ET.
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Stephanie Wilson of Haute Living Magazine wrote a fascinating feature on 49ers team president/owner Jed York that chronicles his role with the team and his involvement in the 49ers efforts to build a new stadium in Santa Clara.
“I am here by six every morning and stay until late at night,” he (York) states, “because it’s not my team. It’s not my family’s team. It’s our fans’ team. Because if they are not supporting us, if they don’t believe in what we are doing, then our team doesn’t exist.”
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Kicker Joe Nedney will be appearing on Comcast Sports Bay Area’s Chronicle Live Wednesday night for an interview with host Greg Papa.
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Former 49ers center Jeremy Newberry announced his retirement today via his Facebook page. The 12-year veteran posted the news in his Facebook status update, drawing an end to a career in which Newberry played in 120 regular season games (90 with the 49ers plus three postseason contests).
The two-time Pro Bowl lineman is a Bay Area native, who grew up in Antioch and attended school at Cal-Berkeley. He was a second round draft pick (58th overall) of the 49ers in 1998. After an ACL injury kept him on the sidelines for most of his rookie season, Newberry returned in 1999, starting 79 of the next 80 games.
Newberry was also a three-time winner of the Bob McKittrick Award, given to the 49ers’ most outstanding lineman. He also received the Ed Block Courage Award in 2005 and 2003.
After his nine season in San Francisco, Newberry played one season for both Oakland and San Diego. Newberry signed with the Atlanta Falcons in the offseason.
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Defensive backs Reggie Smith and Terrail Lambert received permission from the league to change their numbers. Smith will now be wearing #30 instead of #31 and Lambert will wear #41 instead of #30.
CB Dre’ Bly will also be wearing a new number – #31.
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As you can see, we’ve redesigned 49ers.com, making it more user-friendly as well as giving it a nice new look and feel. The redesign process began several months ago so I hope everyone is as pleased with the new site as we are.
Take some time to explore the website and see all of the new features. The videos section is much different than before, giving you the ability to watch your favorite TV49 shows in full screen mode and volume control.
As always, myself (Scott Kegley) and Taylor Price will continue to keep you updated on the latest news from team headquarters on the Goal Posts blog!
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