It’s been a productive season for the 2011 San Francisco 49ers draft class, a group which includes cornerback Curtis Holcomb. The final 49ers draft pick suffered a season-ending injury prior to training camp, but didn’t let the setback derail him from accomplishing personal goals.
While rehabbing his injury around 49ers headquarters and continuing to be around his teammates, Holcomb, a four-time captain during his time at Florida A&M, has continued to make the most of his first year in the professional ranks.
The unfortunate circumstance of Holcomb’s injury has enabled a positive experience.
While the 49ers were in the midst of their preparations for a Monday night game against the Steelers, Holcomb was granted permission by the team to fly back to his alma mater early in the week to accept his diploma in accounting on Friday, Dec. 16.
“It was overwhelming,” Holcomb said. “My family came up and it was a big thing. The school president talked to me for five minutes on stage, too.”
Holcomb hasn’t been deterred from the injury that has him missing his first season in the NFL. If anything, he’s appreciated being around the veterans in the 49ers locker room while picking up on their study and preparation habits.
He’s also appreciative of the 49ers organization for supporting him in attending his graduation.
“To be in this great organization, being around these guys, we’re 11-3, having a great season. Then, being able to graduate while continuing to better my health, I just feel like, ‘Wow, this is really where I’m supposed to be at,’” Holcomb said.
“I thank everybody here for allowing me to go there and do that. This is a great organization. I love this place.”
Holcomb was slated to walk across the graduation stage over the summer, but once the NFL’s offseason work stoppage subsided, Holcomb had to postpone his involvement in the ceremony.
“Everything worked out for me,” Holcomb said.
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