Colin Kaepernick shocked Pittman High School’s Class of 2013 with an appearance at his alma mater’s graduation last night.
The 49ers quarterback, who graduated in 2006, popped up on stage unannounced in Turlock, Calif., to pay tribute to his former coach, Brandon Harris.
“He was the first person to let me run the ball a couple of times,” Kaepernick joked at the podium. “What did I run for, negative two yards?”
Harris is returning to his home in Idaho to take a position closer to his mother, who is battling cancer. Kaepernick wanted to personally and publically thank one of the most impactful teachers in his football career.
“I wanted to come back and wish him well as he goes back home,” Kaepernick went on to say over the loud screams from the Turlock students.
Tags: Brent Jones, Colin Kaepernick, Marcus Lattimore, Nnamdi Asomugha, Quinton Patton
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It won’t be a one man job.
To replace Michael Crabtree’s production on the San Francisco 49ers (85 catches, 1,105 receiving yards and nine touchdowns in 2012) it’s going to take a collective effort from the team, the team, the team.
Jim Harbaugh is eager to see which young wide receiver will emerge to fill Crabtree’s shoes as San Francisco’s starting wideout opposite of Anquan Boldin. So far, the young wideouts have been letting their work on the practice field make their case. Players like A.J. Jenkins and Ricardo Lockette are intriguing prospects to line up with Boldin. Mario Manningham and Kyle Williams are also close to returning from late-season injuries.
It should also be noted that the 49ers can still continue their power-running approach in 2013. They also have the unique running threat of Colin Kaepernick. In the backfield, Kendall Hunter is working his way back from a season-ending injury. Plus, Frank Gore is Frank Gore.
Receivers are key in any offense, but the 49ers have shown the ability to be creative in personnel groupings. Not to be forgotten, Vernon Davis, one of the game’s most dangerous tight ends, still figures to be heavily involved in the passing game.
More on the team’s options to fill in for Crabtree can be found in today’s Morning Tailgate.
Tags: A.J. Jenkins, Anquan Boldin, Brent Jones, Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid, Frank Gore, Jed York, Kendall Hunter, Michael Crabtree, Navorro Bowman, Quinton Patton, Ray McDonald, Ricardo Lockette, Tank Carradine, Tarell Brown, Vance McDonald, Vernon Davis
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The rookie class will join veterans at Organized Team Activities on Tuesday. The NFL newcomers have been working with their new teammates at San Francisco’s “Football School” workouts, but now they can all practice together with helmets at OTAs.
The rookies will also have fourth-round draft pick Quinton Patton in attendance. The Louisiana Tech wide receiver was the only draft pick who couldn’t remain at the team’s facility following rookie minicamp. Patton had to wait until the conclusion of Louisiana Tech’s graduations ceremonies on Saturday.
Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle spoke with Patton who’s set to join veterans at OTAs.
Patton’s initial arrival to San Francisco was pretty epic. He shouldn’t have any problem sticking around the facility now that graduation is over.
Tags: Brent Jones, Jed York, Jim Harbaugh, John York, Quinton Patton
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Members of the San Francisco 49ers and San Francisco Giants competed at Pebble Beach Golf Links for charity on Tuesday in the Chevron Charity Shoot-out.
Dwight Clark, Brent Jones, Steve Bono and Harris Barton represented the 49ers, while Matt Cain, Mike Krukow, Will Clark, Dave Flemming, Bruce Bochy, Dave Righetti, J.T. Snow and Ryan Vogelsong played for the Giants. In all, the 49ers raised $45,000 for the 49ers Foundation, while the Giants raised $55,000 for the Giants Community Fund.
Tags: Brent Jones, Dwight Clark, Harris Barton, Steve Bono
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The 49ers are frequent inductees to Hall of Fames. Brent Jones was the latest alumni to be recognized for his stellar career, as he was recently elected to the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame along with Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti, ex-Raiders receiver Tim Brown and the late Oakland A’s owner Walter Haas, Jr.
Ron Kroichick of the San Francisco Chronicle spoke to Jones and Righetti about their Bay Area upbringings and what it means to be a part of the 2013 BASHOF.
“Jones played on three Super Bowl champions, earned four Pro Bowl berths and caught 417 passes in his career,” Kroichick wrote. “Now he’s going into a Hall of Fame filled with childhood heroes (including Willie Mays, Nate Thurmond and Fred Biletnikoff) and his 49ers teammates (including Montana, Young and Jerry Rice).”
The rest of today’s Morning Tailgate looks at Jim Harbaugh’s value to the 49ers, Colin Kaepernick vs. RGIII and more.
Tags: Aldon Smith, Alex Boone, Brent Jones, Colin Kaepernick, Greg Roman, Jed York, Jim Harbaugh, Vic Fangio
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All in the name of charity and competition, of course, members of the San Francisco 49ers and San Francisco Giants will compete in a Charity Shoot-Out on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at Pebble Beach Golf Links.
Tags: Alex Smith, Brent Jones, Dwight Clark, Harris Barton, Jerry Rice, Jim Harbaugh
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The campers at the 49ers annual three-day Youth Football Camp were in for a special treat to start their experience at team headquarters in Santa Clara.
Three well-known 49ers alumni were there to greet them on Monday as they checked into the first day of the team’s annual instructional camp that teaches boys and girls ages 7-14 the importance of football fundamentals as well as crucial life skills.
Tags: Brent Jones, Dave Fiore, Guy McIntyre
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I spent Tuesday afternoon walking five holes at Pebble Beach with a camera and a cell phone (to Tweet of course) with several football and baseball stars from the 49ers and Giants.
It was all for a good cause of course. The goal of yesterday’s Google Charity Shootout was to raise money for the 49ers Foundation and the Giants Community Fund. I was there to report on the event for 49ers.com and share the uniqueness of the event.
The 49ers team boasted a combined 11 Super Bowl rings between them while the Giants squad came to the tee with glistening 2010 World Series rings to their credit.
Tags: Brent Jones, Dwight Clark, Harris Barton, Jerry Rice
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