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Singletary Names Team Captains

Posted by Taylor Price on September 11, 2009 – 4:08 PM


When the 49ers take on the Arizona Cardinals this Sunday on the road, head coach Mike Singletary’s team will be led by the six team captains he announced on Friday.

Linebackers Patrick Willis and Takeo Spikes along with defensive end Justin Smith, running back Michael Robinson, center Eric Heitmann, and tight end Vernon Davis will serve as the 49ers team captains for the ’09 season.

“Those six guys, to me, embody all of the things that we strive to be, in terms of the work ethic,” Singletary said. “Number one, these guys are always working, and they’re team guys striving to do all the little things that we need to do in order to be the best we can.”

Upon hearing the news, the chosen six were extremely honored to have been selected.

“It’s a big honor,” Spikes said. “ It’s big from the aspect that it’s my second year here and it comes this late in my career with another team. It’s something that I accept open handedly. It shows the respect factor not only that my peers have for me but for what the staff has for me.”

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85 Responses to “Singletary Names Team Captains”

  1. By Ben Pearson on Sep 11, 2009 | Reply

    so pumped! i’m very proud of you all! go niners!

  2. By Eddie on Sep 11, 2009 | Reply

    Now go lead out Niners to victory!!!

  3. By bruce on Sep 11, 2009 | Reply

    won’t matter niners still lose cardinals 41 49ers. 10

  4. By carlos on Sep 11, 2009 | Reply

    haha yah right, cardinals wont even get close to 41 u r so wrong, u know nothing about football!!

  5. By gtbniners on Sep 11, 2009 | Reply

    verry happy now kick some cards behind

  6. By eric on Sep 11, 2009 | Reply

    lets go niners lets tear their heads off…!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 49ers21 crapnals 14

  7. By Steve on Sep 11, 2009 | Reply

    Bruce…you really think the Cards can put up those numbers on this “D”……dream on woman….Niners get a good start this season by taking out the “Curds” 27-21.

  8. By facedagree on Sep 11, 2009 | Reply

    ready 4 tha season, i’ve been a niners fan since 88′ and im 29 now, i still love tha squad and lets smash tha cards!!!! much love 2 tha captains!!!!!!

  9. By jordan on Sep 11, 2009 | Reply

    why isn’t gore a freakin captain

  10. By NinerTico on Sep 11, 2009 | Reply

    Now there is a fan for you…Bruce. Wow! I can personally see the transformation of what this team was under the foundation that Coach Nolan laid and what it is now with Singletary who is simply building on it with his brand.

    For those six to be chosen by Coach Singletary says volumes about them as team players. They embody the essence of Coach Singletary’s philosophy: “We go in and hit people in the mouth!” He wants winners and here’s his!

    Congratulations gentlemen! Well deserved and way to represent your team. You make me proud to be a fan of the greatest football franchise ever. Five for five!

    Let’s make it six!!!!!!!

    Go 49ers!!!!

  11. By Tim on Sep 11, 2009 | Reply

    PLEASE put Robinson at QB already, better options we got, he was money at PSU!

  12. By eric on Sep 11, 2009 | Reply

    If it was plus 7 I would bet on it. Plus 31 I would bet everything I own. I think you have that score backwards my friend. 41 49ers 10 cardinals.

  13. By Edawg on Sep 11, 2009 | Reply

    cardinals 41 49ers 10..that’s gotta be the funniest thing i’ve heard all day

  14. By Joaquin on Sep 11, 2009 | Reply

    Let’s just throw bold predictions out. Come on! We always play close games and this will be no different.

    49ers 24 Cardinals 17. It will be a fun game.

    Go 49ers.

  15. By mike vaughn on Sep 11, 2009 | Reply

    Sack the quarterback for crying out loud, lets do this, we got a championship to win here. #6

  16. By bill on Sep 11, 2009 | Reply

    lets just beat there ass and be done with em for a while ….10-6 playoffs \\\\\\\
    go shaun go

  17. By Carlos de Panama on Sep 11, 2009 | Reply

    I´m certain to say that this year we have a playoffs team, ,,, GO 49ers ! ! !

  18. By lance mcknight on Sep 11, 2009 | Reply

    the 49ers didnt show anything on d in the preseason and that was by design so teams wouldnt know what we were going to do. they r going to run different blitz packages against warner and the cards things they havent seen before…on offense we r going to play smashmouth run the ball straight at you with some passing plays we havent seen before .we will eventually get the cards tired on both sides of the ball……..49ers 27-cards 23

  19. By Juan on Sep 11, 2009 | Reply

    Very happy with these six on the forefront leading our team…Now lets show the world what we have become under Singletary’s leadership…Lets hit’em in the mouth

  20. By willie on Sep 11, 2009 | Reply

    10and6 this season divison champs

  21. By Psmith on Sep 11, 2009 | Reply

    The niner D this year is gonna be amazing no doubt, with Willis leading the way.. and the Hill/Gore offense is gonna surprise the league this year
    I’m soo pumped for the season … ’09 NFC WEST CHAMPS!
    49ers-30 cards-24

  22. By efren on Sep 11, 2009 | Reply

    patrick willis can’t wait to get out there and put the hurt on warner and anyone else who has the ball and is near him. “BEWARE THE BEAST”

  23. By C.J. Anthony on Sep 11, 2009 | Reply

    I cannot believe someone really wrote Cards 41 and Niners 10. Wow!! Are you serious. I am a realist. I foresee Niners winning 27 to Cards 10 or 17. Clements and Spence all day man. And true, its time to put either Robinson or Battle at QB. Preferably Robinson/ Give a heck of an option at the QB spot. They both did well at the position at their respective colleges PSU and Notre Dame……. So how bout that!!

  24. By browardniner on Sep 11, 2009 | Reply

    lets go coach sing one question wheres frank cmon wheres frank but anyways lets go squad mike rob i know we got big plans for you this year do your thang soilder lets get back to the top #6 would be nice in coach first year but asking alot lets just take it one game at a time by beating the cardinals on sunday p willie and t.k.o kill the cards

  25. By Peter A on Sep 11, 2009 | Reply

    Glad to see the Niners have gone back to more traditional uniforms. Thank god they got rid of those ugly glitzy uniforms from the loser Nolan era. If they play with half as much grit as coach Singletary has, they’ll be back in the playoffs where they belong. No mistakes on offense and rugged defense should bring them a “W” against the overconfident Cardinals. Should be a fun year!

  26. By ax on Sep 11, 2009 | Reply

    yo bruce gotta realize first of all the niners always play the cards hard. Then you have to look at the cardinal team as a whole struggling through preseason. And then again you gotta look at the fact that… hell… your cardinals fan that sux man. You guys are kinda blown up and overated you had a great post season but you won 6 of your 9 games in our shitty nfc west conference. And honestly our oline and runnig game with the addition of glen coffee will not be stopped by your pussy airzona dline And then shuan hill’s gonna throw off the playaction to veron davis all day on your dome piece. I mean its gonna be close game but larry fitz is gonna be locked down and Boldin’s not 100%, lets hope beanie wells is as good as he was in college i mean hightower is pretty bad haha. But honestly you guys made it to the super bowl last year… congrats seriously. I’m happy you got to expierence that but to bad the steelers won. Of course being a niners fan i don’t have to worry bout that cause we don’t lose superbowls. Hey maybe you guys will win one in the next few years, it’ll end the 6 decade drought haha. Its gonna be niners 17 cards 14

  27. By Jimmylikeit on Sep 11, 2009 | Reply

    I have all the faith that the new “hardnose” 49ERS will suprise everyone this year…Niners17 Cards 0. Kill em all!!!!

  28. By Xavier on Sep 11, 2009 | Reply

    The Niners will take the cards down on sunday, 17-13. the defence has picked things up and we will run the ball and control the clock. and I think Fitz better watchout becouse the Madden curse continues! so beware. GO NINERS, Good things are comming are way.

  29. By 49R-RYDR on Sep 11, 2009 | Reply

    Bruce you seem like a Cards fan …just come out of the closet and admit it ……..Your a Fairy Weather fan …you have no loyalty to your football team and your fellow Faithful……….Beat Buddy we don’t need you!!

  30. By Steve on Sep 11, 2009 | Reply

    Make no mistake. This will be a tough game, but the 49ers will prevail. Why? Because nobody in the NFL will be TOUGHER than the Niners. Some will be flashier, but none will have the guts of the Niners. Watch and learn, naysayers…

  31. By Jon on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply

    Michael Robinson over Frank Gore? Eric Heitmann over Staley? What the…

  32. By Dennis on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply

    NFL captians are strictly ceremonial, used to reward or motivate individual players. Whether or not he has a “C” on his chest, Patrick Willis is the best player on this team. Furthermore, without production from offensive non-captains SHill and FGore this team will not be good.

  33. By shane taylor on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply

    go niners baby! we got it this year

  34. By Matt on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply

    This is the dawn of 70’s era football. Singelatary’s smash mouth football scheme will eventualy overthrow these high powered, high flying offenses. 49ers might not win their first game (but I hope they do). It’s the Long haul me as a 49ers fan is looking forward to. Playoffs Here we come!! Go niners!!!!!!!!! (fan since “82”)

  35. By JJ on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply

    Bruce- Save it for another website.

  36. By ONEBADHALO on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply

    This will be a good match up and will be a good start for the crimmson and gold. I personaly havent seen soo many all of a sudden Cards fans come out of the woodworks in like……ever!! but I will agree that even I was impressed on them geting to the big dance and was hoping that they would win it all, but they failed me like they will fail tomorow. The NINERS have greatly improoved the defence and secondary and our running game will be force to be rekoned with with gore, coffee,robinson running behind Norris. The passing game hasnt showed me mutch but I have no doubt Hill will do better than decent and I know when Crabtree does come to join the party it will help that offence jell and strart moving the ball more effectively……..the line 31-28 NINERS in a close one

  37. By chino on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply

    lets go niners beat the cards. the game is going to be 24 to 17 niners win this game. and for bruce get of this website you dont belong here.

  38. By Chad on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply

    Let’s get some early pressure on Warner. I need some stunts up front. Once we disrupt the passing game it’s over. They’re not going to run on our LBs! Congrats to the Captains! Lead us to Victory. Go Niners!

  39. By Jimbronie on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply

    Niners 24 Arizona 24 OT…Then Arizona will win the Toss…Then Niners will STOP them with our “D” then Gore will bust it for 90 yrds..Remember the Hearst game against the Jets…History Repeats itself baby…Niners 30 arizona 24!!!! Remember who brought it to you..JIMBRONIE!!!!

  40. By rick on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply

    will get off to a good start sf. 27 card. 10

  41. By THE-49ERS-MAN on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply

    we still have robinson on the team i just can not understand why kory sheets is not on the roster and michael robinson as captain on sunday come on what as he done nothing on the feild so come on. anyways im looking forward to seeing my 49ers kick the cardinals booty im always faithful

  42. By THE-49ERS-MAN on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply

    with all the bull we are going thru in the off season i hope we make the playoffs im tired of losing its time for us to get it back for real us as fans need a winning season its been to many years

  43. By FaithfulManSince'88 on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply

    nice choice of captains. Hopefully they can get the rest of the team fired up for the birdies!

  44. By Luis on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply

    In response to carlos…buddy if you wanna hate do it on your own cardinals website..this is 49ERS.com….we dont need your trash talk….GO 49ERS THIS IS OUR SEASON!!! ARIZONA SUCKS!!!!

  45. By jerseyjoe408 on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply


  46. By Chanch wagon on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply

    Wow the niners are gonna kill the cardinals and every other team that they will play.

  47. By thegoldrush on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply

    man the niners are gonna be beasts this yr watch and sunday will be the 1st example heed my words ppl

    49ers 27
    cardinals 17

    gore will get at least 130 yds rushing with shaun hill gettin over 200 passing and a td as well as gore getting a couple tds

  48. By Gerardo on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply

    Gore should have been captain, specially since his work ethic has been praised so heavily by Singletary…but i’m happy with the selections…very glad v.davis got it, he deserves it! Go 49ers!

  49. By AlexM32 on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply

    Im a huge 9er fan and i have predictions….tomorrow afternoon 9ers hopefully win 20-16 late in the game. i think tomorrow the game will start out slow though for the 9ers. Also, through out the season the 9ers will struggle like any other re-building team and should and will probably bounce back under the strong foundation and strong minded Singletary. This year i believe the 9ers will start off 4-4 in the 1st 8 games and finish 6-2 giving them a 10-6 regular season record. No games will be a blow out but will be a grind out

  50. By AlexM32 on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply

    Please feel free to leave your input on my comment

  51. By Big Vic_DA NINER on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply

    The 49ers are going to show everyone what Mike didn’t wan’t to show in the preseason. Our kick a$$ “D” fence. with all the work outs and nut cracker drills this squad has seen, they are going to wear the offence down. Then here comes Gore, Davis, Morgan and Robinson putting it where the sun don’t shine. Last year the cards didn’t show much. They played teams that did’nt show up to the playoffs and got lucky the panthers totally dropped the ball. Watch and learn what this team will do. The so called upset of the week will head line ” 49ers take it over Cards “

  52. By mike89 on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply

    wow…you have Issac Bruce a big time veteran and you have frank gore a top 5 rb in the league…and neither of them are captains?? what the heck?

  53. By Anthony Bertolo on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply

    Why does everyone want Hill switched out? It is almost like you all forgot how impressive his ratings were in the second half of the season last year. I know this would be off left but I bet you a Hill/Davis tag team all year would dominate.

    Smith is a beast as well. The 49ers have the most talented pool of QB’s in the league. I guarantee Hill will be dominating the ratings this year. Playoffs for sure, question is, how far?

  54. By A-Joe on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply

    Looking forward to the season. Your making the moves,Singletary. It’s your first full season. We need to return to the days of winning and must do whatever it takes. I get this move for captains but lets see if it results in wins. Go NINERS, we are behind you.

  55. By Rich7 on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply

    The Niners have got to generate a pass rush if were going to beat the cards, also Clements, Spencer, and the rest of the DBs have got to bring their A game…were gonna have to force some turnovers too, but our D is capable and pumped. Also weve got to find a way to slow down the aggressiveness of the Cards front 7, they were blowing up a lot of our plays in the backfield last year. If we won the turnover battle, that would be huge too.

    Gore should def be a captain, Crabtree is a selfish ass.

  56. By Rich7 on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply

    Hill does two things well, very important things, he gets rid of the ball and he makes solid reads. BUT he has no arm strength and not a ton of accuracy especially as he starts to throw down the field. Smith has the great arm, and a ton of accuracy- BUT holds on to the ball to long and throws into coverage making bad reads. Probably because hes never had the same offense two years in a row, nor no. 1 wideout, or consistent pass blocking in the first couple years. The niners really did him wrong, honestly. They should have let him sit and learn ONE offense for 2 – 3 years, like aaron rodgers did…look how good he is now, with less talent than smith. The Niners should play Hill now, and let Davis and Smith learn this offense for the next 2 years, then let them compete for the starting roll.

  57. By Rich7 on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply

    yo alexm32…take a look at the schedule dude, we got the toughest ive seen in awhile if we win 10 everything will have gone right for us and i hope it does.

  58. By JAMES BOND 005 on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply

    Whats up my niner nation-Its like this-we will all ways have A-holes that will hate us 4 ever because we have 2 remember 1 thing that cant no team take away-we were the first team 2 get 5 superbowl rings while the other teams are still trying 2 get there first-ill meet yall in miami at the superbowl

  59. By Josh on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply


  60. By David on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply

    Hell yeah guys. Way to go Vernon

  61. By matt on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply

    dude why not frank gore??

  62. By Ernest Tafai on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply

    hey and whats up.. i want to congrats to the main players that im a big fan of… patrick,justin,takeo,vernon, congrats to you guys. i want the whole niner oginization that im a big 49ers fan.. and i been a faithfull fan since i was a little kid. well at the age 5.. i want to let the whole team the best of luck from me… the four players i mention earlier vernon,patrick,justin,and takeo. you guys are the main key to this team. not only in the nfl but in the orginization for all our little ones. to the whole 49ers team and fans. lets have a good season of 09 and make this to the superbowl.. lets get that six ring and add to the wall were our greatest coach bill wash. your friend and biggest fan Ernest Tafai….. lets GO!!!!!!

  63. By thrasher on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply

    Nate Davis was the only quarterback to stand out in 49er preseason in any game at any time. Clements should have gone with Nolan. Both overrated, just as Nate Davis is obviously underrated. Either way, 49ers limp out of week one
    SF 13
    AZ 31

  64. By Frankitho on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply


  65. By clark49er on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply

    Bravo Vernon Davis !

  66. By Ruddy on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply

    Remember football is more mind then physical. Im pointing at the niners.

  67. By D Murphy on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply

    Niners will beat the cards 24 to 21 in overtime.

  68. By Thomas on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply

    I am driving from las vegas to arizona to watch the game tommarrow, I am stoked to watch the niners beat up on the cardinals. Frank gore should tear it up and willis is ready to welcome little beanie wells to the nfl.

  69. By chato on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply

    HEll yeah the 49ers are ganna be well represented the only good player is gore so maybe next game will see him as captain

  70. By J Palmer on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply

    Great Picks…I Especially like Robinson as a captain. Even though he doesnt get that many touches he’s a perfect example of how to carry yourself, a great lockeroom guy. Just goes to show how in-touch Sing is with the team he’s charged with leading.

  71. By njzmakaveli on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply

    Michael Robinson!? So i guess Frank Gore isn’t the star of the team anymore….

  72. By SPITMAN209 on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply

    Personally i am very excited for this season. I have been a niner fan since birth and i will bever fade on my love for the red and gold. hopefully one day i will play for them. But back to what i was goin to write about…

    Just out of sheer bordum i simmed a game on Madden 10 between the niners and curds.. niners came out on top 28-21 in OT. niners held fitzgerald to 20 yards and sacked warner 4 times. itll be close but the niners will top em.


  73. By steve on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply

    Born into a niner family but became an official fan in 1980-81. Thank God the best memories of my life growing up. 49ers will hit people in the mouth, unlish a “Gore” of a season, end the games with a nice “Coffee” Break. This has to be our Year to contend in the NFC WEST. C’mon! As the GREAT Genernal Patton of WWII said, ” If we are not Victorious,then let no one come back Alive.” Go NINERS!

  74. By steve-o on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply

    Niner Nation, believe me, the only way we are coming out of Arizona with a victory, if the D-line steps up and puts WArner on his back, if not he’s going to pick us apart. Also the O-line must pass protect and not have shaun hill runnning for his life. Football is very simple, its won in the trenches. whom ever can control that part of the game than the rest is history. 49ers plz win the majority of those battles so Gore/coffee can run crazy, and shaun can find the recievers. The trenches, the trenches, win win win!!! Go Niners

  75. By Tino on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply

    Lets go into Arizona and grab those birdies by their wings and rip them out of their backs!!! Arizona was a fluke. Niners are the best team in the West.

  76. By S Darnbrough on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply


  77. By nuch on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    Singletary is the best thing to happen for 9ers fans in 10 years.

  78. By leon on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    49ers are going to win and gore with some coffee are going to show you how it gos and are d will break them apart belive that singletary is def what we needed to put some fire are there ass go niners

  79. By ninerrich805 on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply


  80. By AlexM32 on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    hey everybody look at my prediction from september 12th…looks like i had a nice prediction lol

  81. By Grank Fore on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    Good start gents, bravo!

  82. By Yomb on Sep 14, 2009 | Reply

    The Game Ball for the cardinals win should stay with the Head Coach..Thanks Coach Singletary..Being mentally prepaired is first before any talent you may have. And if you have any sense, You can tell that thats exactly what coach is pressing in there Heads..Dont be surprise to see Mike Singletary coach of the yr..

    Go Singletary!!,..oh!..And the nineres too!!

  83. By Yomb on Sep 14, 2009 | Reply

    Now lets get ready for the seahawks at home which is our 2nd game of the year and maybe the most important!!!..Beat the Seahawks and we will own the NFCwest once again..Beat seattle,Beat Seattle,Beat seatle..

  84. By Tim Diffenderfer on Sep 14, 2009 | Reply


    how do you feel about that 41-10 call now?


  85. By EDWARD GUERRA on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply


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