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Greetings from Hawaii

Posted by Taylor Price on January 24, 2012 – 6:33 PM

HONOLULU – After a long flight from San Jose and a quick stop at the rental car center, 49ers.com has made it to Hawaii for a week of exclusive coverage of the 2012 Pro Bowl.

Joining myself and Scott Kegley on the flight this morning were none other than three of the team’s nine Pro Bowl representatives: five-time Pro Bowl linebacker Patrick Willis, three-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman Justin Smith and first-time Pro Bowl tackle Joe Staley.

All three of the larger than life players were easily recognized as they waited for luggage at the airport baggage claim. The gracious players took turns signing autographs and posing for photos with fans, many of which complemented the players for the great season they had which ended one game short of a Super Bowl appearance.

From there, NFL superstars weren’t hard to be spotted.

At rental car pickup, Bengals rookie wideout A.J. Green and Houston Texans cornerback Jonathan Joseph stood out as noticeable guests waiting in line.

As for the 49ers trio we traveled with, they’ll be joined in the league’s annual All-Star game by three of San Francisco’s specialists: All-Pro kicker David Akers, All-Pro punter Andy Lee and long snapper Brian Jennings. Those players have been named to the Pro Bowl at the same time in years past, now they’ll play for the NFC squad as representatives of the San Francisco 49ers.

On Monday, Jennings was selected as the NFC’s need player by the Green Bay Packers coaching staff who will run NFC practices all week and coach the team on Sunday against the AFC squad at Aloha Stadium.

Jennings, the veteran specialist, became the ninth 49ers player to be named to the Pro Bowl roster this season. Jennings invite gave the team seven starters in the game which stands as the most in team history, besting the mark of six starters previously set in 1971.

Despite the large turnout from a 14-win season, running back Frank Gore and first-time Pro Bowlers, safety Dashon Goldson and cornerback Carlos Rogers, did not make the trip and will not play in the game due to injuries.

Pro Bowl practices kick off on Wednesday and we’ll be there to document the experience of the six 49ers players in town. Be sure to follow us on Twitter (@49ers) for all the latest notes and quotes from Hawaii.

Stay tuned.

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35 Responses to “Greetings from Hawaii”

  1. By Jacob Wang on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    Chuckling at the thought of Mike McCarthy-Alex Smith reunion

  2. By DMT on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    That picture of them in Hawaii instead of Indy, makes me sick all over again.

  3. By pekelo44 on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    great season team have some good playing time i can’t wait to root for you all out there have a safe stay on the island see as much as you can or them. we’ll be here rooting for you on game day. i wish i could be there to watch you play the game we all love..

  4. By justin on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    yea i dont think some people can see alex smith is awfull its amazing i dont know how he’s still in the league if we would have had anyone in there starting this niner team would have been amazing and went 16-0 alex fails 7 years was enough lets move on now thank you

  5. By Joe on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    Great Season. Looking forward to many more seasons with the niners in the playoffs.

  6. By sawdust on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    amazing the greed of some of you fake 49er fans!!! Nobody could have predicted us hosting an NFC championship game this year!!! Nobody!!! How come we can’t just enjoy the fact we had a great season and that we are built for the long haul. Enjoy your stay in Hawaii. Mahalo Nui!

  7. By Jack Mayhoff on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    It’s good to be recognized! Although it would have been sweeter if you’ve gone to Indy instead. But I just wanna say great job 49ers for proving a lot of critics wrong. Many sports writers doubted the Niners in the beginning of the season and lots of magazine predicted the Niners to be in last place. I’m so proud of you guys and no matter what happens, I’ll always be a die hard fan. Thank You NINERS !!!!!!

  8. By David on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    we were 13-3 , won a playoff game , all 4 losses were a combined 18 points , hosted an NFC championship game , our D was better then most , no offseason , a lock out , and you guys are complaining? Well I’m disheartened too , but I think Jed did a great job by bringing in Harbaugh and can’t wait to see him next season!

  9. By Cal on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    Ignorant fans we got here dont we? Our D was best in the league and our Offense turned the ball 3rd least in NFL History with 10 TO with what a +28 turnover ratio. Team won the NFC West and went toe to toe with the hottest team in the NY Giants and was a missed fumble call away from going away with a win. 14-4 record including playoffs and you whine about Alex Smith? The guy who had 5 4th Quarter come from behind wins? WAKE UP ignorant fools. We’re gona make noise for a while in this league..with this team, like it or not. I dont know about you, homer fans, but I bleed red and gold. What about you?

  10. By randy kirchhevel on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    as a 49er fan i did not like alex smith from the start but after seeing him play this year he is spectacular the way he gets the ball to his recievers in tight coverage the championship was lost because of bad referees. when ever ed hockleys refs a game it is about favortism i do not want that guy in this league to ref a game he is bad luck sorry but that is the way i feel they should of had that turnover which was completly a fumble but they called forward progress they called the play dead his knee never hit the turf so you tell me what is up with that the nfl comitioneer can say all these things to cover it up stuff that just dont make sence.

  11. By randy kirchhevel on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    as a fan i want to know why was kyle williams the kick and punt returner when kendall hunter was returning kicks earlier in the game. why didnt coach harbaugh tell kyle to hold on to the football after that great defensive stop in overtime they knew that the field was slick and ball was wet the game is on the line the only game you need to win to go to the championship i just dont understand it at all. then you got alex smith talking we just didnt get it done on third down. for crying out loud use your running backs the 49ers have 3 good running backs switch it up with the 3 they say the running game wasnt working it wasnt working cause they gave up to fast keep pounding the rock eventually the oponents defence will start to ware down its better then trying trick plays that failed cause of wet turf after hearing all of this i just think the NFL is fixed cause of big time betting just makes me sick to my stomach

  12. By randy kirchhevel on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    people just dont want to see the 49ers make it to the superbowl period so thats why they lost the big game they got a great gift by hosting the NFC championship and lost it. it could have been any other team and they would of won it. i know this team can play in the superbowl they are capable i want to see a 6 superbowl win before i am no longer on this earth the 49ers could have 10 time champions as many times as they been in the NFC championship but the niners dont get the respect they should get from the media and criticizing people that dont nothing about football the 49ers could have 100 superbowl wins and other fans of other teams would still look past them saying oh they dont stand a chance. i believe in this team they have great talent all around the football i know they can get it done. i just dont believe on giving up ever on this team it did take the wind out of me when they lost last sunday

  13. By Tarcules on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    DAMN!!!! I went to probowl last year and PW did not play! Now you all are there and I could not afford it!!! Wish I was there! Have fun guys!!! Mahalo!

  14. By Keith Wood on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    Amazing season guys! Sometimes the football gods are not fair is all. No matter how hard you practise and prepare, you can’t make up for giving the Giants 10 points in a 3 point loss. No disrespect the Kyle Williams, as it was not like he was trying to fumble or muff on purpose, it just happens sometimes. The one issue I didn’t like and I don’t care if your a 2nd year or in your 12th year, if you do not intend to field a punt, then get out of there, what is the purpose of standing there trying to make the kicking team think you are going to field it? Get away from it, that should be a no brainer and why he played with it I don’t know, hopefully not for camera time.

  15. By Keith Wood on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    Anyway, we out played them, but we gave them the ball on our own 29 yard line (7 points Manning to Manningham) and then in over-time we gave them the ball in field goal range, so it was already over, besides those two mistakes, we would have won 17-10 with no over-time.

  16. By Keith Wood on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    I think we should be in the Super Bowl really, sacked Manning 6 times, but we never could get a turnover, you figure a safety has the whole view, he can see the ball coming and see the WR and his own DB covering him, where the DB can only see the WR he’s covering and the ball coming, so for the love of God, why not hold or pull up Dashon?

  17. By seven years in S.F. on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    ok people for the last time ….Alex is an average QB …stop twisting that into all the team stats the team carried Alex the whole season and I said at the beginning when everyone said he is so awesome he can do no wrong he does not throw INT’s. He doesnt throw at all people ….fact less than a TD per game for the season average. Fact the defense had to win 10 of those games because Alex could not get 1 first down to run the clock out. Fact he is not ever going to win a superbowl here. Fact if he is so good he should go into freeagency he will make more money there than resigning with the niners ….that is if he is as good as all you say….wich he is not. Same old Alex can only play for 1 Quarter …you just never know wich one.

  18. By seven years in S.F. on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    LOL and yeah so I would like our team to win superbowls period. You Alex panderers will settle for anything we won nothing all we did was play a few more games than most …beating the division that was all on the defense and special teams ..they are awesome as well as the o-line they all worked hard….problem is Same old Alex was running the show. If you were true nioner fans after 7 years of nothing you would want a change unless you are used to settleing for blah blah AVERAGE QB maybe he can do better next year…what a joke

  19. By seven years in S.F. on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    Oh and thank you jeremy for watching the games and stateing the obvious….Alex was and still is horrible. Settleing for an average QB is just plain sad …there is better people take a shower and wash off this Alex funk and move on. At least let someone else have a shot at greatness instead of staying with the check down specialist. Maybe alex should go play in the arena league or call T.O. and see if his team needs a NFL washout QB

  20. By seven years in S.F. on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    As for the probowl kicker and punter ..that Alex leaned on to carry the team all season along with the special teams and defense. Way to go guys congrats. as all the niner probowlers are to be congradulated. Oh wait Alex is not in the probowl not even a murmur of breakout player or mvp lol ….its becuase the NFL knows how crappy Alex is. This should be the biggest eye opener ever people …..if he is so good why no probowl why not honorable mention for his efforts from the league why no kudos as finally arriveing…..LOL HE IS NO GOOD THAT’S WHY….WHY DO YOU THINK WITH HOMEFIELD ADVANTAGE AND A 13-3 RECORD WE WERE STILL THE UNDERDOGS. LOL YEAH ANSWER THAT QUESTION TRUTHFULLY AND you will see little old alex there as the reason …i feel sorry fo the rest of the team haveing to hitch their hard play and sweat and talent to a AVERAGE QB with little to no talent for the NFL. SORRY GUYS MAYBE NEXT YEAR WE CAN HAVE A QB WHO WANT AND KNOWS HOW TO WIN SUPERBOWLS.

  21. By Loyal4Life on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    Love you guys.

  22. By DMT on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    That forth quarter against the Saints should not give Alex anything, except a chance to compete for the starting job next season. I hope the team has a true open competition for the job.

  23. By KDB on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    Way to go All Pros and Yes Alex should be there as well.

    I had to come back just one more time to point out that we really have some DUMB A$$ fans that REALLY DON’T know Football. I’m only talking about the Alex Smith haters. I played in the NFL ladies and You Really NEED TO LEARN FOOTBALL, TRULY you don’t know what you are talking about.

    Rock on because Alex will be back thank GOD. Also–if he get’s hurt we have a great young back up.

    We need WIDEOUTS, LEARN THE GAME. You just needed to be put in your places.

    See you after the draft.

    All Good All Niners this loss will make us that much better.


    Go Niners.

  24. By 49ers4Ever on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    Now that jeromy and sevenyears have extricated themselves from each other’s pits to breathe clean air, I will comment thusly:

    real fans saw the stuff Alex is made of. Elite QBs in this could not have done what Alex did at the NFC Div. Eli didn’t and he’s the hottest QB going.

    This guy had his first real year as a NFL QB with a coach that knew how to teach his position. Upside looks good. Let’s see what happens after getting a full training camp under him. The man is a warrior and he throws darts when he’s decisive. He just needs to more decisive more often and receivers that can get open.

  25. By KDB on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    49ers4Ever good words.

    One last thing from me then I’m truly out I’ve got wait until I see the Draft and FA as well.

    But the last thing is: Who we going to believe Harbaugh or KNOW NOTHING BLOW HARD Dumb A$$E$$? NUFF SAID. They are clueless.

    Go Niners!!!!!!!!!

  26. By john on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply


  27. By shadowinclst on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    The best thing about our HEART-BREAKING loss is that it proves that ALEX (with a GREAT COACH AND DEFENSE) can’t earn his KEEP. I think it’s time for NUMBER 7 (KAEPERNICK) to get his opportunity. 7 years of disappointment (under Alex Smith) is enough. He has good football I.Q, but his accuracy and decision-making is AWFUL for a #1 DRAFT PICK.

  28. By shadowinclst on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    I’ll be very SHOCKED if JED signs ALEX to another contract…..WE OWE IT TO OUR VETERANS….they deserve a legitimate chance for a SUPER-BOWL.

  29. By KDB on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    What’s so nice is to see Alex do so well against ALL odds even from a few Niner Fans BUT that’s getting less and less) because he Pro Bowls it against the Saints with the current cast he has. Never the less as Harbaugh believes in him as does his team mates, the Critics and professionals in the NFL all say he has it, and so do I. To hear just a few local Dumb A$$ arm chair guys that NEVER played on a high level, (YES I DID) 1986 St. Louis Cards. To hear you guys still beating a dead horse just WREAKS VOLUMES about what you don’t know. Truly some of please take the time to learn the game because if your basis is to bash Alex you really are showing your LACK of football knowledge. He’s already made you look soooo bad that its gotten ridiculous and sad to see how little you don’t know about the NFL.

    Niners need wideouts, more O lineman, another Running back and few more DB’s, try and focus on more than the QB position. If you give Alex the time that Eli, Brady and Rodgers have with the adjustments, look out.

    Learn the game ladies, learn the game.

    Yeah ok–you girls know more than Harbaugh does, yeah that a LAUGHER.

    See you at the Draft.

  30. By JB on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    We need a big physical WR to compliment Davis and Crabtree then we will be set.

  31. By gary potter on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    7yrs&jeromy: do you 2 jerks ever look at the ups and downs on your posts?? neither one of you know anything about football. all you can do is spit venom. the majority of fans understand that football is a team game, something you 2 refuse to believe. we had a great season more wins then expected, a great coach, only couple holes to fill. no not quarterback. he will be resigned and maybe you 2 clown will leave the blog to true fans.
    go niners

  32. By gary potter on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    do not call yourselves fans. you are from that

  33. By Loyal 49er fan on Jan 26, 2012 | Reply

    Even though I’ve been a FAITHFUL 49ers fan for over 25 years, I still feel I can vent my frustrations & say negative/bad things about them. If they lose, it’s due to the whole team & not just one person. HOWEVER, I feel, although he has improved from previous years, ALEX SMITH SUCKS! As a 1st round draft pick, I expected so much & he isn’t consistent. I watch the games & think, WTF was that, when a lot of his throws are low, bouncing or it lands nowhere near a receiver. All I wanted was for him to be more consistent thoroughout the years & if they still lose the games, at least we had a chance to win it. After last season, my boyfriend & I were happy he wasn’t going to be with the team. To our dismay, shock, & anger, they brought him back this season. Even though they did good this season, the loss to the Giants hurts so much due to the fact we “should’ve” won & we had opportunities. Alex didn’t step up when we needed him to. I know those 2 plays by Kyle WIlliams didn’t help either. The 1st play, WTF! Catch the ball or move way out of it’s way. That play— unexcusable!!!!! The fumble, I can be more understanding about that. Fumbles happen. 1 out of 13 on 3rd down conversions? WTF! If he played good & we lost, o.k. If he played good & we got blown out, the loss would’ve been easier for me to take since they didn’t have a chance. To be this close & lose this way, UGH!!!!!!!!!!! I will cheer for him as long as he’s a 49er but I would like them to get rid of him. However, I know that will not happen considering how far we got this year.

  34. By shadowinclst on Jan 27, 2012 | Reply

    I’m a 49er fan and a FAITHFUL one since SUPER BOWL XVI (30 YEARS); Alex Smith will never play for a SUPER BOWL in a NINER uniform because he can’t make Critical/Accurate-decisions when it counts. He’s not a BRADY, MANNING, BREES; however, KAEPERNICK could be our CAM NEWTON (minus the interceptions). For those of you who still think ALEX is the answer, please look up the definition for INSANITY.

  35. By seven years in S.F. on Jan 29, 2012 | Reply

    Ounce again you tools say Alex is the best ever and he beats all comers …then turn around and say he needs more after 7 years now 8 he needs more to make him better….do you realize how crazy that is …the excuses keep comeing every year as to why he cant pull it off. Alex didnt even average a TD a game for the season ….and still stands there when everybody knows the blitz is comeing on 3rd down even the hotdog guy is yelling….” throw the ball dimwitt”. But no he stands there are cocked stareing god knows where down field as 8 guys are blitzing our 6 and he cant find an open guy he cant even throw the ball away he just stands there like a deer in headlights and then gets up and looks around like huh where did that come from….this is after 5 times they have blitzed him on 3rd down.,…. this is just one example of why he is average or even below he doesnt learn from his mistakes or even learn anything from the past 7 years he has been getting blasted…..how long do we have to wait on this guy till he is 42 and and the yorks have to mortgage all their homes and cut everyone off the team to pay for this hack ….bust….not readdy for the NFL at all QB. We are the niners we win superbowls …we now look like the Bills or the Browns….just keep churning out garbage and hope we have fans next year. Shame on all you fans suporting a lost cause…. this is a business and a winning organization … not a hack organization that sits on a key position while the real greats are getting older and older and haveing their contracts expire then going to other teams and winning. Show you red and gold and stand up for the team and get rid of this guy

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