There were several times during the 49ers match up facing the Chargers where we all thought C.J. Beathard might be dead. Thankfully, he was not. The second year quarterback has unbelievable resiliency getting up and staying in the game after taking a beating from opposing defenders. After two roughing the quarterback penalties in a row, it was almost surprising to see him stand in the pocket again. It was even more remarkable to see him back in the game after getting the wind knocked out of him after reaching for a first down late in the game as well.
Head coach Kyle Shanahan says that they do tell everyone to not put themselves in harm’s way but all they can do is hope for the best. After the game Beathard remarked that in the same situation, “If I could do it again, I would do the same thing.”
Here’s what some of Beathard’s teammates had to say about is toughness:
“I said to him today at the end of the game, he’s made of the right stuff man. He’s just a tough, tough dude and you love playing with a guy like that and and a guy that’s just going to continue to fight for you, and for this team. All the pride in the world to be blocking for C.J. and he’s going to continue to just keep getting better and keep standing up to everybody that wants to knock him out. “
“He’s a tough competitor, as you can see. He’ll take the ball and run it, take big hits and get up and get back in the game. It’s going to be hard to get C.J. [out of] the game. That is what is going to make him a great quarterback.”
“C.J. is one of the most competitive people I’ve ever been around. He hates losing more than anybody I know. He played the game angry, thats’ just how he plays it. It’s awesome. I feel like he is more mature. I feel like we all are after getting a year under our belt. The guys responded to C.J. being out there and I think we responded really well. We’re looking forward to having C.J. lead us from here on out.”
“He’s a bad ass. He’s good. C.J. has more grit than anyone that I know.
“He’s got a severe dad bod. He can run longer than anybody I’ve ever known - which is kind of crazy -and he can take any hit. Its’ pretty cool. I don’e know how he does it. “
“Like I said, he ain’t no Roody-poo. He ain’t sweet. There’s nothing sweet about C.J. That’s why we got faith and we believe in C.J. but it’s really not surprising but it was surprising, I could see it in his eyes every time he came on the sidelines, “Defense, let’s go, we got your back, we run with y’all. Just by him saying that, just means a lot to me, and the defense because we know where his head was at. “
When Foster was told that Beathard would do it all over again, regarding the play where he had the wind knocked out of him he replied, “He said that? Really? That’s why he’s FIRE!!”