Good morning, 49ers fans! It was kind of an odd Sunday. The big news came along late Sunday morning when Jarryd Hayne announced his retirement. Hayne was approached by the Fiji Rugby Seven team to compete for a chance at the 2016 Summer Olympics. There is a potential concern about the drug-testing policy for the Olympics, but I have to think this gets cleared up.
There is plenty to read about Hayne's retirement from the NFL, but the other interesting story this weekend was not 49ers-related. Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson gave the commencement speech at the University of Wisconsin. Wilson started his college career at NC State, but finished his career with a season at Wisconsin. There has been a lot of chatter about the transfer, and what caused it.
Wilson addressed that in his speech, and it has raised a bit of a ruckus. Our Wisconsin blog, Bucky's 5th Quarter, naturally thought the speech was perfect. Our NC State blog felt a little bit different about the speech. It seems like there was some truth in Wilson's speech, and some exaggerations. Either way, the whole thing ended up kind of weird.
Jarryd Hayne Announces Retirement from the NFL (49ers.com)
49ers cult hero Jarryd Hayne retiring from NFL to return to rugby (Sporting News)
Jarryd Hayne retires from 49ers, returns to rugby (Inman)
49ers' RB Hayne announces retirement from NFL (CSN Bay Area)
49ers RB Jarryd Hayne Abruptly Retires From NFL: "I’m Retiring Because of Olympics." (Sakamoto)
Jarryd Hayne retires from 49ers for shot at Olympic rugby (Barrows)
Jarryd Hayne retires from NFL to play rugby in Olympics (Biderman)
49ers’ Jarryd Hayne retires from NFL (Branch)
Rugby league star Jarryd Hayne retires from NFL for Olympic dream (Yahoo! Shutdown Corner)
Jarryd Hayne retires from 49ers to pursue rugby gold in Rio Olympics (USA Today)
What they're saying: 49ers react to Hayne retiring (CSN Bay Area)
49ers react to Jarryd Hayne's retirement (Inman)
Jarryd Hayne deserves praise for taking a chance on himself with 49ers (The Sporting News)
Jarryd Hayne leaves massive NFL legacy for American football in Australia (ESPN)