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Morning Tailgate: Sept. 28

Posted by Alex Espinoza on September 28, 2012 – 10:46 AM

The 49ers are about to wrap up their time in Ohio and that means no more Handel’s ice cream. The ice cream shop has been a hit with the 49ers — especially the team’s Pro Bowl specialists — given its location across the street from the team hotel in Boardman. Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle stopped by for a scoop on Thursday night to see David Akers, Andy Lee and Brian Jennings. By the time he left, a few of the team’s linemen showed up.

Thursday’s practice session at Youngstown State University also featured a high-profile guest, University of Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean. Crean is Jim Harbaugh’s brother-in-law, and the two coaches already have a history together, as the 49ers coach served as an Indiana game manager at a Hoosiers game earlier this year. Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com spoke to Crean about his observations from the 49ers practice at Stambaugh Stadium.

“Crean said he likes to watch defensive backs and offensive linemen in football, in particular, to develop ideas on how he can refine some of the drills for his basketball team,” Maiocco wrote. “He said he formulates ideas from watching defensive backs change direction and offensive linemen use leverage.”

Today’s Morning Tailgate also features headlines about Week 4 Niner Talk guest Anthony Davis, the Hall of Fame, NFL referees and more.

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Bryant Young Leads 49ers HOF Hopefuls

Posted by Alex Espinoza on September 27, 2012 – 2:54 PM

The Pro Football Hall of Fame released its 2013 inductee candidates on Thursday and the list is littered with 49ers. All-time San Francisco great Bryant Young is one of 13 first-year candidates on the ballot, which features 127 nominees from the field and the front office.

Young played his entire career for the 49ers from 1994-2007 and etched his name among the franchise’s greatest defensive players. The four-time Pro Bowler started 208 games, recording 89.5 sacks en route to becoming one of the best defensive linemen in 49ers history.

49ers Chief Executive Officer Jed York took to Twitter to voice his support for Young shortly after the announcement was made.

“Bryant Young is eligible for the HoF this year,” York wrote. “He deserves to be there. One of the best D-linemen ever. Good luck BY!”

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Saturday Starts with a Parade in Canton

Posted by Scott Kegley on August 7, 2010 – 8:27 AM

CANTON, OH – Saturday’s festivities kicked off with a parade at 8:00 a.m. Some of the current Hall of Famers came down Cleveland Ave. along with the Class of 2010.  Below are some of the best images from the parade.

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Friday at the Pro Football Hall of Fame

Posted by Scott Kegley on August 6, 2010 – 5:40 PM

Jerry Rice at the Hall of Fame

CANTON, OH – The Hall of Fame Class of 2010 just came through the media center at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  This class is definitely unique as the leading receiver of all-time, Jerry Rice, will be enshrined along with the leading rusher of all-time, Emmitt Smith.

“You can go through all of sports and I don’t think you can come up with a better scenario than this particular weekend,” Smith told the media.  “This is like seeing Magic [Johnson] and [Larry] Bird go into the Hall of Fame at the same time.”

As was the case with Magic and Bird, Rice admitted his induction will be even more special because of the rivalry he shared with Smith.

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