The San Francisco 49ers took months last year to get over the sting of a three-point Super Bowl loss to Baltimore. It won’t be much different as they head into the offseason now, again left to ponder how close they were to competing for another championship.
Big, bad football players don’t get intimidated. Not by noise, weather, statistics or hard hits. Tell that to the two defenses about to attempt to dominate the NFC championship game Sunday. Or to the offenses, for that matter.
Meet Mr. Hitner. Called by that name for years out of respect for his hard-hitting defense, San Francisco safety Donte Whitner has filed paperwork in Ohio through his lawyer to formally change his name by removing the `W’
San Francisco strong safety Donte Whitner learned Tuesday he was being fined $21,000 for his hit on St. Louis Rams’ wide receiver Chris Givens in the end zone with just under six minutes to play in Thursday’s 35-11 49ers victory.
Almost every time Donte Whitner looks at rookie Eric Reid he’s reminded of what it was like to be a safety selected in the first round competing for a starting spot.
You can watch new San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin flash across the middle of the practice field, then turn to snag a Colin Kaepernick dart – just as Michael Crabtree did a year ago.
San Francisco 49ers safety Donte Whitner knows the history of Super Bowl losers, and it’s not good. So maybe that’s why he doesn’t buy into it. But it’s not just that Whitner believes the 49ers, the team that lost Super Bowl XLVII, won’t submit to history.
The organization that partnered with the San Francisco 49ers to create a widely touted anti-bullying video in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth, pulled the video Thursday night after two players who appeared in it publicly denied their involvement.
Defense wins championships. But these days it’s a certain kind of defense. Check out our NFC all-pro defense to see who excels.
San Francisco had the most players selected, nine, including six from its second-ranked defense.