Typically Shaun Hill is all business before the start of a game.
Out of the 53 players on the 49ers roster, the team’s starting quarterback probably has one of the most distinct game faces.
How could Hill not? You can’t be known for being a “gamer” without having a serious disposition before the start of a game.
But Hill was not his usual self before the start of Sunday.
With the NFL celebrating breast cancer awareness month by allowing selected players to wear pink gloves, shoes, sweat bands and sideline apparel, Hill was distracted by a group of cancer survivors on the 49ers sideline who were honored prior to kickoff.
“I normally don’t notice things like that, but it gave me chills,” Hill said in his postgame press conference.
Hill was selected by the NFL as one of the players to wear pink cleats, and jumped on board without hesitating.
“Just wearing shoes, that’s not asking a whole lot,” Hill said. “I was happy to do it.”
Part of Hill’s changed demeanor was due to the footwear commentary he heard from the sidelines by the pregame honorees.
“Seeing them over there and hearing them talk about my shoes and how much it meant to them – it was touching. I went over there and tried to shake a couple of hands. Those sorts of things are usually out of character for me. I just felt very grateful they were there.”
Hill went on to throw for two touchdowns in the 49ers 35-0 win, but he made sure afterwards to share the honor he had in being a part of an important day.
“I think it’s a great thing what the NFL did,” Hill said. “Hopefully we were able to raise a lot of money for breast cancer awareness. I’m glad to help any way I can.”
Hill will also help out by sending his game-worn shoes to the cancer society of his hometown of Parsons, Kansas to be auctioned off.
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