Playing in the National Football League has always been a lifelong dream for 49ers wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. That dream will be even more enjoyable in 2012 now that Ginn Jr. has reached another personal achievement – being allowed to wear “Ginn Jr.” on the back of his NFL jersey.
With the NFL allowing players to wear generational titles on the back of their jerseys (some might call it the Robert Griffin III rule), Ginn Jr. has taken the league up on the offer.
For the first time since college, Ginn Jr. will wear his full last name on the back of his uniform. The sixth-year wideout was so pleased with his new threads, he posted a picture of his new uniform on his Instagram account.
Asked about the significance of the uniform alteration on Monday, Ginn called it, “a blessing for me.”
When 49ers assistant equipment manager Donovan “Doc” Dressler spoke with 49ers players about taking on the generational titles for their uniforms, Ginn Jr. jumped at the offer.
“It was always a childhood dream to have Ginn Jr. on my back,” the 49ers wide receiver said.
So when Ginn Jr. arrived at team headquarters over the weekend to begin working out with rookies and fellow veterans who missed out on the offseason program due to injury, seeing a red No. 19 jersey with “Ginn Jr.” on the back was cherished immediately.
“I was pumped,” Ginn Jr. said. “I loved it.”
Ginn Jr.’s father, Theodore Ginn Sr., is the longtime head football coach at Glenville High School where he once coached his son and 49ers safety Donte Whitner. The tight-knit relationship of the Cleveland natives was also the subject of a 49ers Gameday Magazine cover story last season.
When Ginn Jr. recently sent a photo of the new uniform via text message to his father asking him if he liked the uniform, Ginn Sr. replied back, “Yeah, that’s cold!”
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