This is very much an under-the-radar piece of news, but it is worth mentioning. The San Francisco 49ers will be on the lookout for a new assistant athletic trainer. Current assistant athletic trainer Nate Breske is headed to the midwest to join the Chicago Bears as their head trainer, according to Bears beat writer Brad Briggs.
According to Matt Maiocco, Breske was hired in 2008. Matt Barrows had this interesting tidbit about Breske:
Nate Breske was a QB at Northern St. Perhaps best known to #49ers fans as guy who helped get Michael Crabtree up to speed after '09 holdout.— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) May 27, 2015
I did a google search and came across an old article Matt Maiocco wrote at the Press Democrat. He wrote about the team's plan to get Crabtree into the starting lineup following his rookie holdout. In the article, he briefly discussed Breske's work with Crabtree.
Crabtree worked out with Morgan and running back Frank Gore over the bye week. Backup quarterback Alex Smith threw passes to Crabtree on Thursday. The next day, assistant trainer Nate Breske was put to work throwing balls to Crabtree. Breske was a two-year starting quarterback at Northern State (S.D.) University.
Starting quarterback Shaun Hill said he started zeroing in on Crabtree on Monday, when the 49ers had a walk-through practice.
The 49ers faced the Houston Texans following the bye that season. The second half of that game marked the return of Alex Smith to the lineup. The following week he made his first start in nearly two years. That was certainly an exciting time (sort of).
Congrats to Nate Breske on his new job.