On Tuesday morning, the NFL announced four teams would carry an additional international player on their practice squads in 2021 as a part of the International Player Pathway program. This was instituted in 2017 in hopes of providing elite international athletes the opportunity to compete at the NFL level, improve their skills, and ultimately earn a spot on an NFL roster.
Each NFC West team will carry an international player. The NFC West was chosen to receive these players in a random draw. This becomes the fifth division to participate in the program. For the San Francisco 49ers, they’ll roster Alfredo Gutierrez, a 6-foot-9, 332-pound offensive lineman.
Here’s a look at the numbers Gutierrez put up at his pro day:
Solid day for Alfredo Gutierrez (Mexico) at @GatorsFB Pro Day.Dominant player at top Mexican college team @TecdeMonterrey -young player w/ tremendous work ethic & personal story-I like his developmental upside. @AlfredoGtzMX @NFLEspanol— Scott Pioli (@scottpioli51) March 31, 2021
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Here’s a video of Gutierrez working out:
Here’s his bio:
Grew up playing youth football in Mexico before moving to the U.S. Upon graduating high school, Gutierrez enrolled in junior college before returning home to Mexico and joining Tec de Monterrey on a full athletic scholarship. Graduated from Tec de Monterrey, where he won a National Championship in 2019.
Gutierrez adds yet another twist to the story of the 49ers' 2021 season.