San Francisco 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick plays golf for a cause

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Rick and Teresa Kaepernick lost two young sons, Lance and Kent, to heart disease. Colin Kaepernick, who was adopted by the Kaepernicks, handed them one of his first paychecks from the 49ers during his 2011 rookie season and asked that it go to a charitable cause for children with heart issues. It went to Camp Taylor, San Francisco 49ers’ starting quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) during a press conference at the New Orleans Marriott in New Orleans, La. on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. (Nhat V. Meyer/Staff) which is based in Salida and close to the Kaepernick’s former home in Turlock (his parents now live in Modesto).

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5: How Much Are These Seat Licenses? The 49ers’ new stadium will be open in time for the 2014 season. Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports The San Francisco 49ers’ new stadium in Santa Clara is already under construction. It will be the most technologically advanced stadium in the NFL and a huge step up from Candlestick Park. If you want tobuy season tickets in a desirable location, it will cost you potentially as much as $80,000 per seat. That fee isonly for the licensein other words, justthe right to buy the season tickets. You also need to purchase the tickets themselves.

Call today (571) 206-1146 to set up your initial consultation! 49ers’ Dahl Eager to Contribute on Special Teams DOUG WILLIAMS Home The 49ers this offseason signed veteran safety Craig Dahl after losing starting safety Dashon Goldson in free agency. It appears, however, that if Dahl doesnt win a starting job over No. 1 draft choice Eric Reid, hell be fine with handling any role the 49ers give him. As the 49ers head into the 2013 season, Dahl figures to provide valuable depth at the safety position while also helping on special teams if Reid earns a starting spot as expected. On Monday, Dahl, 28, a former standout at North Dakota State, told the Dickinson Press in North Dakota that hes eager to contribute to a team thats going for a third straight NFC West championship and has been ranked by many to be a Super Bowl contender. I have to understand my role and fit in when I can, Dahl told the paper. It should be a fun side of the ball to play in San Francisco.

San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl Ring Recovered in Airport Restroom by Starbucks Employee

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Macaulay told the San Jose Mercury News that he was surprised how quickly he was able to get his prized possession returned to him. Super Bowl XIX featured the famed showdown betweenJoe Montanaand a youngDan Marino, with the 49ers easily handling their business 38-16. Macaulay was the center on that San Francisco squad. You would think that Macaulay would know a little bit about protecting something valuable, handling probably the greatest quarterback of all-time. Either way, thankfully he was able to retrieve the ring so quickly. Lesson here: Think next time before you erroneously lash out at your local Starbucks employee for messing up your mocha latte order. You never know when they may hold something valuable of yours in their hands.

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Eric Reid shared his big draft moment April 25 with his daughter LeiLani. (USATSI)

You’ve been hearing it everywhere, from the London Review of Books and the Huffington Post (Solnit, Rebecca) to Valleywag (Tacy, Chris) to the East Bay Express (Cushing, Ellen) to the Chronicle (Nolte, Carl) to, indeed, this very magazine (Talbot, David). But haven’t we heard this tune before? Yes we have — for the past 158 years. Some might call these the hand-wringing of San Franciscan luddites. Then again, you could see them as honest responses to a-century-and-a-half of immense urban change — change we’re undoubtedly living through again today. After all, as Kerouac warned us, “all your San Franciscos will have to fall eventually and burn again.” 1855: When Frank Soule wrote Annals of San Francisco only 10 years after the city’s name was changed from Yerba Buena, he still found enough material to fill over 800 pages, lamenting on recent events that “swept away nearly all the relics of the olden time in the heart of the city.” 1873: T. A. Barry and B.

1 Receiver? By (Correspondent) on June 27, 2013 2,776 reads 35 Christian Petersen/Getty Images The sight of Anquan Boldin is bittersweet for San Francisco 49ers fans. On the one hand, he played a vital role in the first Super Bowl loss in the history of the franchise. At the same time, however, none will complain if those same playmaking skills are displayed with his new team. Boldin is a guy with an established reputation in the league, his hands and physical style of play ranking among the elite. With Michael Crabtree set to miss the majority of the season due to a torn Achilles tendon, those same skills that Boldin is renowned for have become even more important to his team. He will now be asked to be the No.

San Francisco 49ers: Is Anquan Boldin Still a No. 1 Receiver?

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At 6 feet 1, 213 pounds and possessing legitimate 4.4 speed, Reid is today’s prototypical free safety. His length and speed make him a true centerfielder capable of improving San Francisco’s coverage on deep passes, one of the few areas of relative weakness on a defense that ranked second in the NFL in points allowed per game (17.1). Reid intercepted two passes in each of his three seasons in Baton Rouge and therefore may not prove the ballhawk that usually generates Defensive Rookie of the Year or Pro Bowl votes. His speed, physicality and intensity, however, should fit right in with the 49ers’ ferocious defense. As such, for a club rich in talent and draft picks, Reid could be the perfect addition. Saving for Someday in San Francisco (other thoughts on the 49ers’ 2013 draft class) It’s rare that a first-round pick like Reid can be accurately characterized as being overshadowed, but considering the buzz surrounding some of the “other” picks made by Baalke and Harbaugh, it is understandable. Because they possess arguably the league’s most impressive roster from top to bottom, San Francisco was able to draft for the future rather than gamble on immediate impact performers. Pass rusher Cornellius “Tank” Carradine and running back Marcus Lattimore may one day prove the top Homepage talents at their respective positions from the 2013 draft class. Their chances of doing so are significantly increased by the fact that the 49ers don’t have to rush either back from the leg injuries that cut their 2012 seasons short.

San Francisco 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick plays golf for a cause

“He said, ‘I can’t miss five days of workouts,'” Rick Kaepernick said. “He’s been that way all his life. He’s a very driven, passionate kid.” His father beamed with pride, not just at his son’s community involvement but his ability to balance newfound fame. “He’s 25 years old. But he’s done a nice job handling things,” Rick Kaepernick said. “He knows what’s important. He really doesn’t think what he does is that big of a deal. He just wants to be Colin. That’s great.” That sudden fame has cost his family their privacy, such as autograph hounds recently approaching Kaepernick’s parents home on multiple occasions.

49ers TE Vernon Davis: Seahawks are ‘building a dynasty’

Jenkins Will Be Much Better This Year A.J. Jenkins did not catch a pass in a single regular season game. Justin Edmonds/Getty Images Over the past year, the most polarizing 49ers player has been A.J. Jenkins. Polarizing to the fans because many people are saying he will have a big year, while others are already calling him a bust. While it is too early to label Jenkins a bust, he also needs to prove to the fans that he can play. Most importantly, Jenkins needs to convince Harbaugh and Greg Roman that he can play. My biggest concern with Jenkins is that after the injuries to Mario Manningham and Kyle Williams last season, he was unable to beat out two unrestricted free agents to make it on the active roster. UFAs Chad Hall and Joe Hastings both were ahead of Jenkins on the depth chart.

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More … “I did a lot this offseason,” Lattimore said at this week’s NFL Rookie Symposium in an interview that aired Friday on NFL Network’s “NFL Total Access.” “You know, we come back in late July. Been running sprints, you know, got a chance to get in there with the guys a little bit, that felt good. Probably won’t do training camp. You know, just on course with the trainer and my doctor. Get a chance to practice midseason and see what happens.” Prior to the draft, Lattimore talked about being ready for the start of the season .

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(Getty Images) Theyre building a dynasty over there, the 49ers star told NFL.com on Tuesday . These guys are coming to take us out. I respect them, but we want to win, too. We have to play each game like its our last game. The Seahawks-49ers rivalry is arguably developing into the best in the NFL. After missing the NFC West title by just a half-game in 2012, having blown out the Niners in Week 15 at home, the Seahawks have set their targets this season on the squad from San Fran. To do it, this offseason the Seahawks picked up wide receiver Percy Harvin in a trade to the Minnesota Vikings. They also grabbed free-agent defensive linemen Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett, and took some high-potential players like Christine Michael and Jesse Williams in Aprils NFL Draft. In the latest Power Rankings from NFL.com , the Seahawks and 49ers top the list one-two.

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Despite the fact that Davis’ 49ers have played in the last two NFC title games, Davis sees an emerging dynasty in the Seahawks . “They’re building a dynasty over there,” Davis told NFL.com, via the San Jose Mercury News . “They’ve got some good players over there. I mean, these guys are starving. So we have to really keep that in mind because these guys are coming to take us out.” Davis isn’t kidding about the Seahawks wanting to take out the 49ers. Just watch the video above: It’s from San Francisco’s 42-17 December loss to Seattle and features Davis getting laid out by Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor . “I respect them, just like I respect my team, but we want to win, too.

49ers’ Lawrence Okoye ‘under no illusions’ about playing in the NFL

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The 21-year-old from England hadn’t played organized American football prior to this spring, however, and faces a long developmental road if he is ever going to prove he’s good enough to stick with an NFL team. Lucky for him though, Okoye understands as much. “It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done, I’m under no illusions,” Okoye told England’s Short List magazine (via Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee ). The 49ers gave Okoye a lot of reps on the defensive line during spring workouts and he possesses both good size and ideal speed to play up front. The 49ers actually consider his 6’6, 304-pound frame better suited for the offensive line, but decided Okoye could pick up the game more quickly on the defensive side of the ball.

You’ve been hearing it everywhere, from the London Review of Books and the Huffington Post (Solnit, Rebecca) to Valleywag (Tacy, Chris) to the East Bay Express (Cushing, Ellen) to the Chronicle (Nolte, Carl) to, indeed, this very magazine (Talbot, David). But haven’t we heard this tune before? Yes we have — for the past 158 years. Some might call these the hand-wringing of San Franciscan luddites. Then again, you could see them as honest responses to a-century-and-a-half of immense urban change — change we’re undoubtedly living through again today. After all, as Kerouac warned us, “all your San Franciscos will have to fall eventually and burn again.” 1855: When Frank Soule wrote Annals of San Francisco only 10 years after the city’s name was changed from Yerba Buena, he still found enough material to fill over 800 pages, lamenting on recent events that “swept away nearly all the relics of the olden time in the heart of the city.” 1873: T. A. Barry and B. A.

After tough upbringing, 49ers’ Willis living the dream

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But Willis’ football feats will never measure up to what he’s accomplished off the field by simply surviving. When Willis was 10, he occasionally worked in cotton fields to help provide financial support for his family. When he was 16, Willis had to physically stop his father from hitting Willis’ younger sister. Shortly thereafter, Willis’ high school basketball coach, Chris Finley, became the legal guardian to Willis and his three younger siblings. When Willis was 21, his younger brother Detris, died in a drowning incident. Through it all, Willis has simply risen from circumstances where many others would’ve crumbled. “Honestly, I wouldn’t change anything I’ve gone through, because it’s made me who I am” said Willis, who was at Gunn High School in Palo Alto this month leading hundreds of youths through football related activities via Procamps, which has partnered with a number of different companies, including Popchips, Duracell and Walmart. “Life is always going to have its ups and downs, but when you start thinking about how you wish things could be different, just take a moment to pause because there’s someone I know who is in a worse position than I am.” Willis, 28, has exceeded everyone’s expectations but his own.

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With the 11th pick in the 2007 NFL draft, the San Francisco 49ers select Patrick Willis , linebacker, Ole Miss. Slightly exaggerated statements notwithstanding, Willis arrived at a time when this once reputable franchise was in the midst of four consecutive losing seasons. He suffered through three of his own during the first four years of his professional career. Despite the losing pedigree, Willis infused a sense of proficiency, greatness and a downright winning mentality in the San Francisco air. Anyone following the 49ers could intuit the special qualities of this linebacker from Bruceton, Tenn. It certainly didnt take long for those bestowing pro football honors to take notice. Willis defied the odds that plague most rookies by earning Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro honors in his first go-around in the NFL.

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However, he feels he has improved his skills and game during the OTAs and minicamps due to preparation every day. Willis has been the franchise player for the 49ers defense since being drafted in 2007. He has consistently been ranked as one of the top players at his position throughout his career. Willis has specialized at tackling and covering assignments in the box but is also great at coverage. Even though the spring practices are not considered to be the most valuable for veteran players, Willis has made an effort to be at practice every day because he wants perfection. The hunger to be greater than before has kept him motivated. “Mentally, I’m in a place I’ve never been before,” he said.

Patrick Willis has had it with these snakes on his patio

They consulted their families and their church, but there wasn’t much time for talk as the children could be sent to another county far from home within 24 hours. “I said, ‘Sure, that’s something we could do. Why not?’ ” Julie recalls. “Looking back, we were 25 and we thought we could do anything. Everybody else said, ‘Do you have any idea what you’re getting into?’ ” They didn’t. The state gave them the four Willis kids, and they kept them through the summer.

Willis newest job as a pitchman seemed to be going well. Although, he really does seem sincere about the shoes. Im not just saying I like em, said Willis, who needs a sturdy workout shoe since staying in shape this time of year is his job (plus making a few extra bucks pushing a product or two). Willis shot the commercial back in March and when he was on a break shooting, he called to tout the shoes and talk 49ers. This, was of course, before the draft in which his team took two linebackers, Auburns Corey Lemonier in the third round and Florida States Nick Moody in the sixth round. Moody, should he prove his worth in training camp, could wind up backing up Willis. Trent Baalke, the scouts, they all do a great job bringing in talent, Willis said.

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He plays the game with a certain passion, and plays with a certain discipline. Honestly, I really enjoy watching the young man play. Willis, the 11th overall draft pick in 2007 out of Mississippi, is the centerpiece of a San Francisco defense that returned everyone from the 2011 team that came so close to making the Super Bowl. The Niners lost 20-17 in overtime of the NFC title game to the eventual champion New York Giants. Willis and his teammates used that loss as motivation and ultimately got the franchise back to the NFL title game for the first time in 18 years. Getting back to No. 52, Willis said he was given a choice of numbers when he was drafted 51, 57, 59 or 52.

Willis believes he can be better from first six seasons

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(Photo: Patrick Willis/Facebook) San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis channeled his best Samuel L. Jackson inSnakes on a Plane, posting a photo on Facebook Sunday of a large bloodied gopher snake on his property that he apparently shot with a pellet gun. Never a dull moment, Willis posted. I had an intruder in my house welcome to the hills. Got em As one would anticipate, Willis post quickly devolved into a political argument, with over 2,000 people weighing in with opinions like u go patrick , a snake is a snake KILLLLLL KILLLL to Are you out of your mind, Patrick? What a freaking idiot. You are a sickening human being. And how would the edited version of Jackson respond to such chatter? (Thanks to Deadspin for the link)

Patrick Willis has had it with these snakes on his patio

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(Photo: Patrick Willis/Facebook) San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis channeled his best Samuel L. Jackson inSnakes on a Plane, posting a photo on Facebook Sunday of a large bloodied gopher snake on his property that he apparently shot with a pellet gun. Never a dull moment, Willis posted. I had an intruder in my house welcome to the hills. Got em As one would anticipate, Willis post quickly devolved into a political argument, with over 2,000 people weighing in with opinions like u go patrick , a snake is a snake KILLLLLL KILLLL to Are you out of your mind, Patrick? What a freaking idiot. You are a sickening human being. And how would the edited version of Jackson respond to such chatter? (Thanks to Deadspin for the link)

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52 in fine form. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images On a fine spring day six years ago, San Francisco 49ers general management made the best decision of their collective professional career. With the 11th pick in the 2007 NFL draft, the San Francisco 49ers select Patrick Willis , linebacker, Ole Miss. Slightly exaggerated statements notwithstanding, Willis arrived at a time when this once reputable franchise was in the midst of four consecutive losing seasons. He suffered through three of his own during the first four years of his professional career. Despite the losing pedigree, Willis infused a sense of proficiency, greatness and a downright winning mentality in the San Francisco air.

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(Story continues below) Credit: Patrick Willis/Facebook Several users reminded Willis that gopher snakes eat mice and gophers. “U inhumane niner,” one wrote. “Why did U kill him?” another asked. Of course some fans came to the All-Pro’s defense, too, pointing out that snakes are scary to some people and can be misidentified. (And who among us hasn’t used a mouse trap now and then?) As of Monday evening, Willis had not answered his detractors but he did write with the photos, “Never a dull moment. I had an intruder in my house welcome to the hills……. Got em.” UPDATE: PETA emailed the following statement to The Huffington Post: “PETA thinks that a beloved, 240-pound linebacker can find a more humane way to remove a nonvenomous snake from his homeand he certainly doesn’t need to brag about it online. Patrick Willis lives in the Pacific gopher snake’s natural habitat, and they don’t want to be in our homes anymore than we want them thereso it’s important that we learn to coexist peacefully.

Willis believes he can be better from first six seasons

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“I really feel mentally and physically, I’m in the best shape that I’ve been in since I was a rookie,” said Willis, a Pro Bowler in each of his first six seasons. “I feel like mentally, I’m in a place that I’ve never been in before.” The 28-year-old said he’s still as fast as he ever was, but he’s learning new tricks that may help him as his career progresses. “I learned this camp that you don’t have to move as fast if you’re smarter,” Willis said. “It almost looks like you’re not moving at all but you’re making the plays. That’s where I’m trying to get to in my San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis runs drills during NFL football minicamp at the team’s training facility in Santa Clara, Calif., Wednesday, June 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) career.” Despite the sting of last season’s Super Bowl loss, Willis isn’t overanxious for this season to start. He wants to make sure the team puts in its work to prepare for another run at a title.

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“I feel like, for the first time, going into my seventh year now, I really feel like mentally and physically, I’m in the best shape I’ve been in since I was a rookie.” Willis admitted he has been more vocal at practice compared to previous seasons, he doesn’t mind being the leader when called upon. There isn’t much for Willis to improve on because he has been at the top in each of his six seasons in the NFL. However, he feels he has improved his skills and game during the OTAs and minicamps due to preparation every day. Willis has been the franchise player for the 49ers defense since being drafted in 2007. He has consistently been ranked as one of the top players at his position throughout his career. Willis has specialized at tackling and covering assignments in the box but is also great at coverage. Even though the spring practices are not considered to be the most valuable for veteran players, Willis has made an effort to be at practice every day because he wants perfection.

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Gonna have to work pretty hard to beat the Niners this decade Jun 19, 2013 12:02 PM this just in: hard work leads to success questforthesixthnotthelast2013 says: Jun 19, 2013 12:20 PM One of the best linebackers in the league, one of two best inside linebackers in the tlleague on the same team! See a pattern emerging there? OK, I spell it for you, one of the best LBs corps on the same team, the 49ers have 4 top notch linebackers on the squad, then you have to deal with The other 7.. Just gotta say, it yelps to have a half mil in the contract to show up, something the Giants have yet to figure out!! ehill3420 says: Jun 19, 2013 12:21 PM I looked up the word stud in the dictionary and saw a picture of Patrick Willis next to it. granadafan says: Jun 19, 2013 12:29 PM Good for Willis for setting a good example to his teammates. His leadership will help take the Niners to another Super Bowl. Meanwhile Seadderall and Cheatey Petey will look for more ways to beat the system. Seahawk (and Husky fans) are by far the worst fans in the league next to Redskin fans.

Willis talked about how he wanted to improve his game by playing smarter and not necessarily wanting to rely on his speed. Said Willis: “I learned this camp that you don’t have to move as fast if you’re smarter. It almost looks like you’re not moving at all but you’re making the plays. That’s where I’m trying to get to in my career.” Here’s the crazy thing, though: Willis already plays this way! I mean, yes, he is one of the fastest ILBs I’ve seen. His sideline to sideline speed is not only undeniable, it is also intimidating. But, Willis also has spot-on instincts.

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Yes, Willis said, because now he knows a play before it’s even coming. “I feel just as mobile, but where my comfort comes from the most is the mental side of the game,” Willis said. “The knowledge of the game I’ve been able to gain over the years has allowed me to feel more comfortable making plays. … Mentally, I’m at a place where I feel comfortable and good.

Report: 49ers sign OC Greg Roman to two-year extension

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Last year, they ranked 11th in total offense after not ranking higher than 23rd in that category since 2003. In three postseason games, they averaged 34.7 points and set a postseason franchise record for yards (579) in a divisional-playoff win over Green Bay. Romans desire to eventually Authentic Patrick Willis Jersey lead an NFL team or college program is no secret. Since December 2010, Roman is known to have interviewed for head-coaching openings at Stanford, Vanderbilt, Pittsburgh and Penn State. He was offered the job at Tulane in 2011, but didnt accept the offer, in part, because it came in the middle of the 49ers season. He was viewed as a hot NFL coaching candidate after the 2012 season, but the 49ers postseason run prevented him from potential interviews. He was rumored to be the top candidate in Jacksonville, where his friend and college teammate, David Caldwell, is the general manager. But the Jaguars hired Gus Bradley on Jan.

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Iupati will not just be expected to pick up the massive defensive tackles who will try to pummel his quarterback (although his efforts here will be greatly appreciated). Playing guard for the San Francisco 49ers requires a whole lot of running. In the read option, many of the sets involve the guard pulling, which occurs as soon as the ball is snapped. He will abandon his blocking assignment and instead sprint to the opposite end to pick up the first unblocked defender. It is his ability to target this defender that allows either the quarterback or running back to break through the first line of defense. If the pulling guard failsbarring some remarkable playmaking by the ball carrierthe play is dead.

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“He’s 25 years old. But he’s done a nice job handling things,” Rick Kaepernick said. “He knows what’s important. He really doesn’t think what he does is that big of a deal. He just wants to be Colin. That’s great.” That sudden fame has cost his family their privacy, such as autograph hounds recently approaching Kaepernick’s parents home on multiple occasions. A month remains before the 49ers open training camp in Santa Clara.

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This week, 49ers offensive lineman Anthony Davis did the same, using the social media network to find a home for his English Bulldog puppy. Basically, if you are in the market for an English Bulldog, forget finding a breeder. Hop on Twitter and follow literally every professional athlete you can. Youll have an English Bulldog in your home in 45 minutes. Anybody want a 4month old English Bulldog puppy? Free. Just dont be mean to him.