If you watched the NFL Combine, you noticed that you didn’t have to go too long in the broadcast before a San Francisco 49ers player was mentioned. On Sunday, NFL Network was showing clips from 2011 about this “long cornerback from Stanford.” Richard Sherman wasn’t drafted by the Niners, but the clips on TV were San Francisco related. Aside from that, Nick Bosa and Deebo Samuel—especially Deebo—were mentioned all of the time. I follow a few Seahawks’ fans on Twitter, and they were pretty annoyed about it, which made it that much more enjoyable.
The most ridiculous 49ers mention came from Deion Sanders. Primetime went on a long tangent about how San Francisco should trade Jimmy Garoppolo back to the New England Patriots, and the Pats would sign Tom Brady to a deal, only to trade him to the 49ers. Yes, you read that right. No, Deion wasn’t drunk. This was a discussion on national TV. Daniel Jeremiah, Rich Eisen, Sanders, and New York Jets’ safety Jamal Adams were all having. How nobody told Sanders this was a ridiculous idea is beyond me. Though I like the whole NBA “sign and trade idea,” nothing from that discussion was logical.
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The best moment during every combine is when Eisen runs for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. At one point on Sunday, there was a graph that came up showing Eisen had raised over $700,000 over the week. Big named coaches would drop by and do a segment with Eisen and Jeremiah, then donate a check. It’s pretty amazing how everyone buys in for Eisen’s event each year. George Kittle and Jerry Rice were front and center as Eisen was getting set to run his race. Kittle took a picture with Eisen of the donated check from him and his wife Claire for $10,000. That total brought the donations over $810,000.
Eisen blazed the track running a 5.98 40-yard dash. What an awesome moment.