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Rock Cartwright Brings All-Around Game

Posted by Alex Espinoza on August 16, 2012 – 6:21 PM

Rock Cartwright received a warm welcome – albeit an unexpected one – to the Tony Montana squad last week at Candlestick Park.

As kicker Giorgio Tavecchio teed up the ball for the opening kick-off, the Future song, “Tony Montana” blared over the loud speaker as the coverage unit started swaying and dancing side-to-side. Cartwright had seen the trademark warmup routine on TV last season, but joining the fun was an entirely different experience.

“I think it gets the opposing team frightened a little bit,” Cartwright said. “I didn’t know they were going to play (the song) in the preseason, but they did. They got me kind of amped up, too. I think it’s a good fit.”

Special teams is Cartwright’s calling card, but he showed another side of himself during last week’s preseason victory against the Vikings. The 11-year vet carried the ball eight times for 44 yards and picked up three first downs, with one come coming on a 19-yard run around the left end.

When the 49ers signed Cartwright to a one-year deal this offseason, luring him from the Oakland Raiders across the Bay, they knew they were getting a football player, not just a special-teamer.

“All-around, his game is real solid,” 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said. “Running the ball, catching it out of the backfield, blocking, special teams. He does it all well.”

And it’s not just what Cartwright does, it’s how he does it.

“Above and beyond, he’s a very talented professional,” Harbaugh said. “He does everything right; a great role model for all of us. Real tough, tough as nails. Great respect for Rock.”

Cartwright’s signing may not have garnered the same fanfare as the additions of other free agents like Randy Moss, Brandon Jacobs or Mario Manningham, but his role on the team is just as valuable. His humble and selfless attitude is always on display, as evidenced by his varied roles within the team.

“I love the game of football,” Cartwright said. “I know special teams is what I do. Any way I can help the team win – special teams, running back, whatever they need me to do – I’m here to do. Hopefully, I get the opportunity to make the team and hopefully I’ll be here.”

And for those wondering, Cartwright’s formal first name is actually Roderick. But the Conroe, Texas native has an interesting backstory behind the nickname.

“My grandmother gave me the nickname Rock Baby when I was younger because I was kind of clumsy,” Cartwright said. “But the older I got, they took the Baby off and started calling me Rock. I didn’t grow too much and it kind of stuck.”

Preseason Live: San Francisco 49ers

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5 Responses to “Rock Cartwright Brings All-Around Game”

  1. By ace on Aug 16, 2012 | Reply

    i like rock 2 hope he makes the team, we need a”special” special teams player,if only we , wait nevermind thats was last year this is gonna be an even better year,goo niners !!!

  2. By Greg on Aug 16, 2012 | Reply

    Well, if ya’ ask me he was very impressive. The very best thing i’ve seen come from the Oakland Raiders in many, many years!!! Yes Rock I hope you make the team as well…Welcome to the new San Francisco Dynasty, RockBaby!!!

  3. By benny hernandez on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    I do hope you make the team Rock.Help us win the superbowl and help us celebrate our new stadium! Go Niners!!

  4. By joaquin dominiquez on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    Rock Cartwright will make the team.The 49ers needs banger like him on offense and special teams.

    He will be the rock in the 49ers offense and special team.He is very tough and is a team player.I dont why the Raiders let him go.Well the 49ers have him on the team and he is going to surprise a lot of teams. The 49ers offense ,defense,special teams are going to the superbowl in 2012.
    If the team stays healthy ,we are going to the superbowl and win it. The niners are loaded this year and no team can’t keep up with niners this year.

    Go Niners..

  5. By #1 D-FENSE 2012 on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    yes,you are all quite correct,rock will FOR SURE make the team.
    gore,hunter,james,jacobs and rock will all make the team. dixon is almost guarnteed to not make the team. his request to play at fb glaringly shows this,he is not stupid he knows the rb’s in front of him will make the team,his spot is on special teams and he is going to have to displace one of the free agent wr’s who figure to make the tem through special teams play,,,good luck to all and I hope we keep owusu, chris owusu is another terrell owens clone, he is 6’2 200 lbs and runs a 4.36 40, and has extensive knowledge of greg romans system

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