A.J. Jenkins is yet to conquer “The Hill,” but he’s stayed in contact with the greatest of all time, 49ers Hall of Famer Jerry Rice.
The legendary 49ers wide receiver has offered to take Jenkins on a run up the notorious South Bay hill which Rice made famous, but the Illinois alum has been waist-deep in his first NFL offseason.
“We’ll get to the hill,” Jenkins said following Thursday’s Organized Team Activity at 49ers headquarters. “I don’t know when; I’m always out here doing things. But eventually, I want to do it with him. “
Conditioning was a hot topic as Jenkins and his fellow first-year players took part in the rookie minicamp earlier this month, but the wideout said his body has adjusted well to the pace of NFL practice. Jenkins spoke to Rice as recently as Wednesday and hopes to sit down with him for dinner soon to pick his brain.
But that’s not the only mentor Jenkins has relied on since being drafted by the 49ers, as he has tried to absorb knowledge from veterans like Brandon Jacobs, Alex Smith and, above all, Randy Moss.
“That’s the first person who I tried to know,” Jenkins said. “That was my idol growing up; we all were watching Moss when we were growing up.”
The first-round pick has grown to appreciate how Moss takes care of his body and soon plans on copying his post-practice routine of getting more exercise in the swimming pool. From Rice to Moss and everyone in between, Jenkins said he couldn’t have picked a better organization to join.
“I feel like I have the perfect fit,” Jenkins said.
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