A pair of prominent past and present 49ers with names beginning in the letter “J,” jump out as memorable draft picks on this day in 49ers draft history.
Back when the NFL Draft lasted 12 rounds in the 80s, the team grabbed Hawaii offensive lineman Jesse Sapolu with the No. 289 overall selection in the eleventh round of the 1983 NFL Draft. And on the same day 25 years later, the 49ers snatched sure-handed Virginia Tech wideout Josh Morgan with the No. 174 overall selection in the sixth-round of the 2008 NFL Draft.
Although they were members of two different eras in franchise history, both continue to impact the team.
Sapolu, who played all 15 of his NFL seasons with the 49ers from ’83-’97, won four Super Bowls, made two Pro Bowl teams and currently serves as one of the team’s alumni coordinators. He frequently attends 49ers events and has always been regarded as a key personality from the team’s Super Bowl teams of the 80s and 90s.
Morgan on the other hand, represents some of the 49ers recent successes in making late-round selections. Despite coming from a run-first, college offense, Morgan became a key offensive contributor as a rookie. In three years with the 49ers, he’s totaled 116 catches for 1,544 yards and eight touchdown receptions.
Like Sapolu, Morgan is very active in the team’s community efforts. He was the team’s 2010 top community service performer having spent 97 hours at more than 30 community events in the Bay Area.
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