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December 29, 2006
Clothing optional?

Question: Why don't the Niners stay in the throw-back jerseys permently? I think the Niners should wear the throw-back jerseys permently. Don't you think it could bring back a sense of tradition and honor to our beloved organization? I watch all the sports stations from NFL network to espn. Never is there a mention of the our Niners, unless it's to down us. And with all the Manning brother craziness, Don't you think our QB deserves some recognition? He was the No. 1 pick in 05. Eli was No. 2 pick via trade. right?

-- Ronnie Fuller, Hollister

Answer: The third-most important person in the organization agrees with you, Ronnie, regarding the uniforms. Mike Nolan has said that he'd like to see his team return to the classic duds. The question is whether Nos. 1 and 2, John and Denise York, feel the same way. If they do, it would take about two years to go through all the red tape at the NFL level. I don't know exactly what it involves, but I'll bet Reebok has something to do with it. In other words, don't expect to see the old unis until 2008 at the earliest.

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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