One of the San Francisco 49ers’ quietest, but perhaps, most crucial offseason additions, wide receiver Mario Manningham, enjoyed some well-deserved time in the spotlight over the weekend.
Dan Brown of The San Jose Mercury News recently spoke with the former New York Giants wideout, who signed a two-year contract with the 49ers shortly into the free agency signing period following a dominant 2011 postsesaon. With an assist from the team’s video director Michael Bracken, Manningham and Brown discussed the athletic, play-making receiver’s 38-yard catch in last year’s Super Bowl, one that set up the game’s go-ahead touchdown.
“I don’t ignore it,” Manningham told Brown. “I know what I did: I won a Super Bowl with a nice catch. But I’m trying to get another one, man.”
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Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com shares the remarkable story of Jim Harbaugh attending the high school graduation of Tyler Schilahabel, a young athlete who was befriended by Harbaugh during his days at Stanford. Maiocco: “Fate brought Schilhabel to within close proximity of Harbaugh when he was airlifted to Stanford Hospital after an ATV accident left him paralyzed from the chest down in September 2010. But a friendship that has enriched the lives of both individuals has ensured that they remain in close contact.”
Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee takes a look at the opportunity outside linebacker Eric Bakhtiari, a former Harbaugh-coached player at the University of San Diego, has to make the team. Barrows: “Bakhtiari, you see, played for Harbaugh at the University of San Diego beginning in 2004. “He was a defensive end in a 4-3 scheme, and he had a tremendous college career,” Harbaugh recalled. “He was our best player on defense when he was down there. He had a great career. In fact, Bakhtiari was on a panel of players who actually interviewed Harbaugh in the spring of 2003 and gave the then-Raiders assistant their seal of approval before he was given the head-coaching job.”
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