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Jun 15, 2018

49ers OT Keith Fahnhorst dies at 66

Offensive tackle Keith Fahnhorst, who won two Super Bowls and earned a Pro Bowl berth during a 14-year career spent with the 49ers, died Tuesday at 66. Fahnhorst, who played from 1974-1987, ranks eighth in franchise history in regular-season games played (193) and is tied for sixth in seasons played with the team (14). His death came eight days after his teammate, wide receiver Dwight Clark, died at 61 on June 4 from ALS. Fahnhorst was a two-time All-Pro (1983-84) and earned Pro Bowl recognition in 1984. He was also received the Bobb McKittrick Award, which...
Jun 14, 2018

49ers pass rusher Jeremiah Attaochu looks to revive his career

For a long time, football was going well for pass rusher Jeremiah Attaochu, who left Georgia Tech with the most sacks in school history, became a second-round pick of the Chargers and emerged as a productive starter by his second NFL season in 2015. Then, in 2016, he was sidelined by a broken foot. In 2017, he was buried on the depth chart. Now, after being humbled and signing with the 49ers in March, Attaochu, 25, hopes he’ll get back to harassing quarterbacks. Attaochu, who appeared in just four games last year, was a...
Jun 13, 2018

How will Garoppolo handle adversity? 49ers’ unbeaten QB provides a hint

The 49ers went 5-0 after Jimmy Garoppolo became their starter last year, but it can no longer be said they are perfect with their new quarterback. Just ask anybody who witnessed Tuesday’s eyesore of a practice. The two-hour session was so ragged that head coach Kyle Shanahan took solace in the fact that his job title meant he could celebrate that not everything was terrible. “If I was just the offensive coordinator, I would have been very upset,” Shanahan said. “But, fortunately, I’m the head coach so I was happy with the defense...
Jun 12, 2018

49ers’ Sherman discusses Seahawks, rehab and ‘James’ Garoppolo

Cornerback Richard Sherman refers to 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo as “James,” and he probably uses a few unprintable words when referring to the Seahawks’ decision-makers who released him in March. His feelings about the Seahawks again became clear when asked Tuesday about the offseason changes to his former team’s roster. His response: He wasn’t paying attention. “They decided to let me go and pursue another team,” Sherman said. “So once they cut ties, I cut ties.” Yes, Dec. 2, the day Sherman will face the Seahawks at...
Jun 9, 2018

Dwight Clark’s impact extended beyond 49ers

It wasn’t just Dwight Clark’s teammates from the 49ers who loved him. There were also devoted friends who played with him at Clemson. Among them was quarterback Steve Fuller. And offensive linemen Joe and Jeff Bostic. And tight end Jeff Bray. The four men had planned to meet June 12 in Atlanta, fly to Salt Lake City, take a connecting flight to Kalispell, Montana, and then find Clark, living nearby in Whitefish, to say goodbye. Fuller had recently texted to get an address for Clark, who spent his final days in hospice...
Jun 7, 2018

49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo, the sudden, reluctant celebrity

Jimmy Garoppolo really wants to be one of the guys, but the problem is none of the other guys has a $137.5 million contract, movie-star good looks and this job title: starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers. This offse...
Jun 7, 2018

It’s nice to be QB Garoppolo: good and rich

Jimmy Garoppolo really wants to be one of the guys, but the problem is none of the other guys has a $137.5 million contract, movie-star good looks and this job title: starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers. This offseason, two of Garoppolo’s less glamorous teammates, center Weston Richburg and left tackle Joe Staley, have joked about Garoppolo’s A-list status. Asked about developing an off-the-field relationship with his QB, Richburg cracked that wasn’t an option: “I think he’s a little more high-profile than me, so I don’t know if get...
Jun 7, 2018

49ers: Terrell Owens declines invite to Hall of Fame induction

There will be no T.O. in Ohio. Former 49ers wide receiver Terrell Owens announced Thursday that he will decline his invitation to the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Aug. 4 in Canton, Ohio. Hall of Fame president and CEO David Baker released a statement terming Owens’ decision “unprecedented.” But it may not be completely surprising given Owens’ penchant for doing things his way during a 15-year career marked by on-field brilliance and locker-room divineness. “While I am incredibly appreciative of this opportunity, I...
Jun 6, 2018

49ers’ Foster pleads no contest; could face multi-game suspension

Reuben Foster’s last legal issue has been resolved. On Wednesday, the 49ers inside linebacker pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor weapons charge stemming from his arrest in Los Gatos in February. Foster will serve 232 hours of ...
Jun 6, 2018

49ers’ Foster pleads no contest; reportedly could face multi-game NFL suspension

Reuben Foster’s last legal issue has been resolved. On Wednesday, the 49ers inside linebacker pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor weapons charge stemming from his arrest in Los Gatos in February. Foster will serve 232 hours of community service and will face two years of probation during which he is barred from possessing guns, a source said. The gun charge was part of Foster’s domestic violence arrest in which two felony domestic violence charges were dropped after his ex-girlfriend, Elissa Ennis, testified that she lied about Foster abusing her. Foster...
Jun 5, 2018

49ers’ Kyle Shanahan on Dwight Clark: ‘He lived a great life and left a huge imprint’

A day after Dwight Clark died at 61 from ALS, all members of the 49ers’ coaching staff wore T-shirts today from “Dwight Clark Day” in October to honor the legendary wide receiver. For his part, head coach Kyle Shanahan had a personal connection with Clark. His dad, Mike, was the 49ers offensive coordinator from 1992-94 when Clark was working in the team’s front office, and the younger Shanahan often interacted with Clark while serving as a ball boy. Here’s what Shanahan had to say about Clark after today’s practice: ...
Jun 4, 2018

Reaction to the death of 49ers great Dwight Clark

The sports world reacted Monday to the death of former wide receiver Dwight Clark, who passed away at 61 after being diagnosed with myotrophic lateral sclerosis. Here is some of that reaction: Statement from former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr.: “My heart is broken. Today, I lost my little brother and one of my best friends. I cannot put into words how special Dwight was to me and to everyone his life touched. He was an amazing husband, father, grandfather, brother and a great friend and teammate. He...
Jun 4, 2018

49er great Dwight Clark dies at 61

Dwight Clark, the dashing and charismatic wide receiver who played the starring role in The Catch, the most indelible and important play in 49ers’ history, died Monday at 61, 15 months after announcing he had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Clark’s wife, Kelly, announced the news, via his Twitter account. “I’m heartbroken to tell you that today I lost my best friend and husband,” Kelly Clark said. “He passed peacefully surrounded by many of the people he loved most. I am thankful for all of Dwight’s friends, teammates and 49ers fans who have sent...
Jun 4, 2018

For 49ers DL Armstead, healthy season could net healthy 2019 salary

Arik Armstead learned the news like everyone else: He saw it on the Internet. Yes, the 49ers defensive lineman discovered the 2019 fifth-year option on contract had been picked up by the team last month by reading about it online. “It was expected, I think,” Armstead said. This is where Armstead differs from the pack: Plenty of fans and other observers were at least mildly surprised by the 49ers’ vote of confidence. By picking up the fifth-year option, the 49ers agreed to pay Armstead $9.046 million next season,...
Jun 2, 2018

49ers’ Thomas and parents speak out through unspeakable grief

On Jan. 23, Ella Thomas, the older sister of 49ers defensive lineman Solomon Thomas, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at a friend’s apartment in Coppell, Texas. At 24, she was a stunning young woman with a personality mat...

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