In 2010 there was an Iupati at 49ers rookie camp. The same can be said in 2012.
Three years ago it was left guard Mike Iupati making his NFL debut as one of San Francisco’s two first-round selections. This time around, Iupati’s younger brother, Andrew, is trying out to make the 49ers.
Andrew Iupati is one of several players trying out during San Francisco’s three-day rookie minicamp. The 6-foot-1, 286-pound Humboldt State product, who transferred from the University of Oregon, just might be the most notable name in the bunch.
Unlike his brother, Andrew Iupati lines up on the defensive side of the ball as an interior lineman.
That being said, it didn’t stop the 49ers Pro Bowl alternate guard from giving his young brother words of wisdom prior to his tryout.
“I’d tell him to just keep working hard,” Mike Iupati said at the conclusion of this week’s voluntary Football School sessions on Thursday. “Can’t really say anything other than just go out and dominate.”
On Friday, the elder Iupati was at team headquarters once again to work out, and to take a sneak peak at how little brother was fairing.
“It feels great,” commented Andrew on having his brother’s support. “It’s a really good feeling.”
The Iupati brothers haven’t been on the same team since their time at Anaheim’s Western High School, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t been following each other’s games. Whenever Andrew had the time last season, he’d make sure to watch 49ers games.
“Now I have a favorite team to watch,” he said.
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