In a fitting Veteran’s Day tribute, the 49ers will be recognizing the men and women serving the United States across the world this Sunday when they face the St. Louis Rams at Candlestick Park.
A camouflaged ribbon sticker has been placed on each gold helmet this week, along with the player’s choice of another sticker to recognize the five branches of our armed forces. Of the 53 49ers, 13 chose Marines or Navy stickers, 11 chose Army, nine chose Air Force and seven chose Coast Guard.
For Tavares Gooden, picking an Army sticker was a no-brainer.
Gooden joined the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps as a high school student in Florida, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, who served in the Army, and a brother who served in the Navy. Gooden reached the rank of Sgt. 1st Class during his time with the ROTC, and has since tattooed the Sgt. 1st Class patch on to his left shoulder.
“I was raised in a military family so that’s why I did ROTC,” Gooden said. “I learned leadership, discipline and how to defend myself – key characteristics of life.”
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There’s nothing Tavares Gooden wouldn’t do to bring down an opposing ball carrier, or make a block to spring one of his players (See photo atop this post). The 49ers special teams standout has endeared himself to teammates and coaches for his relentless pursuit to the football whether it’s on kickoff or punt coverage teams. Gooden’s unselfish play as a blocker is also well-respected.
The 49ers linebacker explained his all-out mindset in the latest Niner Talk podcast on 49ers.com. In addition, the 6-foot-1, 242-pound, fifth-year pro also explained how the birth of his newborn son, Kadence, has already made a major impact on his life.
Also on the show, San Francisco Chronicle 49ers beat writer Eric Branch previewed two of his feature stories set to hit the newspaper this week. Branch also previewed things to look for in Thursday night’s preseason finale, including the No. 3 quarterback competition between Scott Tolzien and Josh Johnson.
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The 2012 NFL Draft is three days away, and we can all agree, nobody has any indication on what the San Francisco 49ers will do with the No. 30 overall selection.
Trent Baalke, however, has a pretty good idea. The 49ers general manager said last week that there’s one player the team has in mind for its first-round pick. Yet, the rest of us continue to debate over potential 49ers on our water cooler visits.
Thankfully, respected NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock has revealed his top 100 draft prospects and rankings by position. Mayock’s opinions will give fans a better idea of which players will be available when the team drafts at No. 30, No. 62 (second round) and No. 91 (third round).
Mayock’s rankings, 49ers draft needs and more headlines can be found after the jump.
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At this point of the offseason, the 49ers have addressed needs on both sides of the ball by adding depth on offense and retaining key free agents on defense.
The offense has added two downfield threats at the wide receiver position in Randy Moss and Mario Manningham along with power running back Brandon Jacobs. Defensively, the team ensured all 11 starters will return to the club in 2012 by franchise tagging safety Dashon Goldson and re-signing linebacker Ahmad Brooks and cornerback Carlos Rogers to multi-year contracts. Now, it appears free agency signings are approaching a standstill across the league as players are contemplating trying to sign on with a team last minute before the draft, or waiting to see what the demand is like for their services after the draft dust settles.
In the case of the 49ers, it remains to be seen if the team will add more veteran talent in free agency. That could all depend on what the 49ers accomplish with seven draft choices.
One 49ers beat writer believes there’s no pressure for those draft picks to produce immediately based on the collection of talent already on the roster. More on that line of thinking and additional team and league news can be found after the jump.
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Let the Madden curse debate continue.
Patrick Willis has advanced to the semifinal round of the 2013 EA Madden video game cover tournament where he’s pitted against Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.
In a recent appearance on ESPN’s SportsCenter, Willis spoke openly about wanting to grace the cover and becoming the first defensive players to solely be on the Madden cover since Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis.
For those scoring at home, Willis has already defeated Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte, Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew and New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz.
More insight on Willis’ quest for the Madden cover and a busy day of 49ers headlines are recapped after the jump.
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March Madness is officially underway.
The NCAA tournament’s play-in games have begun so the previous statement is technically correct. But in the NFL world, the phrase applies to the opening day of the NFL’s 2012 free agency period where several teams welcomed in new players, including the San Francisco 49ers.
In total, 532 players hit the market with the right to negotiate with 32 clubs.
But before we dive into the top headlines from the first day of free agency, there’s also a special voting tournament taking place on NFL.com that 49ers Faithful will certainly want to know about.
More on free agency and the NFL’s tournament after the jump.
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The San Francisco 49ers have signed LB Tavares Gooden to a one-year deal. To make room on the roster, the team released LB Antwan Applewhite, who had joined the team on July 31, 2011.
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