Saturday was bittersweet for the San Francisco 49ers. The team made several moves this weekend that received excellent reviews from draft experts. There were hints about Joe Staley retiring, but Saturday, the legendary left tackle made it official. That led to everyone, yes, everyone, sharing what Staley meant to them personally. Here are some of the 49ers players and others associated with Staley said about him:
Joe, not a lot of words needed - you are a hell of a player & should be proud of what you've accomplished. I will never forget when we were at NASCAR and you asked me permission to drink a beer https://t.co/fOViedLDuQ— Scot Mccloughan (@MccloughanScot) April 25, 2020
Congrats @jstaley74 on an incredible career. Thank you for showing us how to prepare to win each week. Thanks for being a supportive and uplifting teammate. Thanks for showing the guys in the locker room the @49ers way. Thanks for the laughs and the memories. pic.twitter.com/XPyozqGwjk— Robbie Gould (@RobbieGould09) April 26, 2020
Bittersweet congratulations @jstaley74 - but not surprised to see a letter filled to the brim with gratitude and class. Will miss the bear hugs, karaoke, and chirps on the suit game - but look forward to planning celebrations of your career and legacy in the years to come https://t.co/7ERzvZMnY8— Al Guido (@AlGuido) April 25, 2020
Job well done @jstaley74! #warrior— Bryant Young (@Bgr8t) April 25, 2020
Thank You @jstaley74 for your service to the @49ers. No doubt you’re a 49er Legend. Enjoy retirement with your family— Jesse Sapolu (@jessesapolu) April 25, 2020
I need all the @jstaley74 content today.. Might tear up a little bit— Trent Taylor (@Trent5Taylor) April 25, 2020
Noooooo https://t.co/GeenR3avli— Kendrick Bourne Poly (@BournePoly11) April 25, 2020
Legendary career congrats bro @jstaley74 https://t.co/8uFH6zJzPq— Arik Armstead (@arikarmstead) April 25, 2020
Gone miss ya big Joe! Hell of a career !! https://t.co/r1cZHdrHu2— Kwon Alexander (@kwon) April 25, 2020
That one time I made @jstaley74 cry.— Keiana Martin (@KeianaMartinTV) April 25, 2020
Hat's off to an incredible career, Joe. I've still got to get that thing framed for you. pic.twitter.com/K0ytHKVqoL
Forever my Brother ❤️ @jstaley74 you truly are one of a kind!! https://t.co/20iUtbu2Yq— Frank Gore (@frankgore) April 26, 2020
Amazing teammate u r George!! I listened to ALL 3 MINUTES AND 11 SECONDS of that farewell message! U may have Joe second guessing his decision after listening to that! Congrats @jstaley74 on a HELLUVA CAREER! @49ers https://t.co/Y7BArJzptM— Terrell Owens (@terrellowens) April 26, 2020
For the memories.— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) April 25, 2020
For the laughs.
For the advice.
For always having our back.@gkittle46 shares a heartfelt message for @jstaley74. pic.twitter.com/1BX5ABBms7
By now, your eyes are watering, and that’s okay. Staley had an impact on everyone he came across. Not many people in this world can say that.
Let’s use this thread to share your favorite memory of Staley. Was it the bloody nose? The block that paved the way for Alex Smith? Staley dancing in a commercial? It doesn’t have to be a popular answer, either. It could be a time where Joe took a moment to sign an autograph for you. Share your experiences with the rest of us.