The 13th Annual 49ers Winter Fest is in full swing at Lake Tahoe.
The fun-filled weekend got off to a great start on Thursday when families of players, coaches and guests of the 49ers Foundation arrived and took part in a lively welcome reception. Winter Fest marks one of the biggest annual events for the 49ers Foundation, as last year’s gathering raised more than $1 million for local causes in the Bay Area.
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The longest tenured member of the San Francisco 49ers joined us for this week’s Niner Talk podcast.
Brian Jennings, a two-time Pro Bowl long snapper in his 13 seasons in San Francisco, checked in this week to discuss a number of topics near and dear to the specialist’s heart.
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Brian Jennings is the lone 49ers player left from San Francisco’s 2002 squad. It’s worth noting because the two-time Pro Bowl long snapper is the sole leftover from one of the greatest moments in Candlestick Park’s history, the team’s 39-38 epic comeback win over the New York Giants in the NFC’s Wild Card Playoffs.
The game dubbed, “Giant Comeback” is one of several Candlestick Park moments being voted on this month by the team’s Faithful fans. The 49ers are looking for the Greatest Candlestick Park Moments at FarewellCandlestick.com, a voting site presented by SAP.
“It was big for us at the time to do that with that group of players,” Jennings recalled of the amazing come-from-behind win over the Giants.
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There’s a new video posted on NewSantaClaraStadium.com that all 49ers Faithful fans will want to check out.
The video features incredible aerial views of the new Santa Clara Stadium, future home of the five-time Super Bowl champs.
Book your own tour of the new stadium site and learn more about securing a seat in the new building.
Tags: Brian Jennings, Carlos Rogers, Chad Hall, Colin Kaepernick, Larry Grant, Mike Iupati, Randy Moss
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It’s officially voting season for NFL fans.
As of early Tuesday morning, polls are open for fans to select players to the 2013 Pro Bowl, set to be played on Sunday, January 27, 2013 from Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.
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The San Francisco 49ers and Minnesota Vikings are relatively familiar with each other from already squaring off in Week 1 of the preseason.
The 49ers won a 17-6 matchup at Candlestick Park that saw first-team players play limited snaps on both sides of the ball. The Vikings were also without the services of All-World running back Adrian Peterson, who’s coming off an ACL tear suffered last Christmas Eve.
Peterson didn’t play against the 49ers in the preseason. Former Jim Harbaugh-coached running back Toby Gerhart racked up 31 yards on five carries, including a 16-yard gain.
Minnesota, however, now has Peterson back in action and looking very close to his old self. Peterson has 144 rushing yards and two touchdowns this season and could have an even greater workload this week according to Vikings coach Leslie Frazier.
Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee shared Frazier’s comments on Peterson’s health improvements when the Vikings coach conducted a conference call with the Bay Area media.
“Frazier said he’s been checking in regularly with Peterson to gauge his soreness and overall condition after recent games,” Barrows wrote.
According to Frazier, Peterson feels much better at this point in the week than he did after the team’s first regular season game. The Vikings coach expects Peterson’s workload to increase against the 49ers.
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Brian Jennings was thrilled to beat the Detroit Lions this past Sunday night, but it wasn’t his best news of the day.
Hours after the 49ers improved to 2-0 on the season, the 49ers long snapper’s wife Nicole went into labor and gave birth to couple’s second son, Max, at 2:11 Monday morning.
Like a good husband and father, Jennings raced over to the hospital like he was covering an Andy Lee punt.
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The NFL received a wake-up call on Monday night during the Raiders-Chargers matchup in Oakland. Long snapper is often regarded as an under-the-radar position in the NFL, but when Oakland Pro Bowler Jon Condo went out with an injury, the art of long snapping was put on center stage.
Travis Goethel was pressed into emergency long-snapping duty and had trouble finding punter Shane Lechler with consistency, showing how crucial the position can be. On Tuesday, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh told KNBR that second-year lineman Daniel Kilgore is the team’s second-string long snapper behind veteran Brian Jennings.
“You’ve always got to be ready at any position if you’re a backup,” Kilgore said. “You go in through the week and you practice and you get your reps in, so you just have to be ready for whenever the situation comes.”
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The 49ers mandatory three-day minicamp begins today, signaling the start of the team’s final on-field work prior to training camp.
Similar to Organized Team Activities, the minicamp will involve the same non-contact principles as the previous stages of the offseason program. Team and 7-on-7 periods are permitted, one-on-one pass-rushing battles, however, will have to wait until training camp.
49ers.com will have extended minicamp coverage throughout the week, but before camp begins, let’s take a look at the top team-related headlines.
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With Organized Team Activities in full swing at 49ers headquarters, there’s plenty of headlines to examine.
Bay Area media attended Tuesday’s and provided several details from the voluntary workout. Without wasting time, let’s get right to the “deets” as the beat writers like to say.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com passes along notes, including insight on a two-minute drill that concluded practice. Maiocco: “Quarterback Alex Smith hit Randy Moss on a 45-yard pass down the right sideline against unsuspecting rookie cornerback Deante’ Purvis. Moss gave no indication the ball was en route and Purvis never turned around as Moss gently reached up to catch the pass and stepped out of bounds. The 49ers’ first-team offense scored on Smith’s short-pass to Kyle Williams on fourth down.”
Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee, writes that Randy Moss, Michael Crabtree and Kyle Williams have been the best-looking wide receivers in the offseason. Barrows: “Williams looked quick and fluid last year. If it’s possible, he looks more so this year. Having said that, first-round draft pick A.J. Jenkins appears decidedly more comfortable than he did during the rookie minicamp three weeks ago. He made a nice diving catch in traffic on a throw from Scott Tolzien during 7-on-7 drills.”
Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News shares his notes and quotes from practice, too. Inman: “ Odd scene: Patrick Willis returning a kickoff. No, seriously, he did. But don’t make anything more of it than a fun sideshow on a May day.”
More 49ers headlines can be found after the jump.
Tags: Aldon Smith, Alex Smith, Andy Lee, Brandon Jacobs, Brian Jennings, Brian Pontbriand, Colin Kaepernick, Joe Staley, Kyle Williams, Patrick Willis, Randy Moss, Tarell Brown, Vernon Davis
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