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July 4, 2010
Jessica Simpson's new 49ers boyfriend

I have to admit, when I saw the TMZ headline that Jessica Simpson was dating a 49ers tight end, I thought to myself: Wow, Vernon Davis is having a helluva year. Then I thought, 'Is she going to curse the 49ers like she did Tony Romo's Cowboys two years ago?' But the story is that Simpson, 29, is dating an ex 49ers tight end, Eric Johnson, 30, which is a surprise in itself. Johnson is about as straight-laced as NFL players come. (The guy drives a Prius for crying out loud).

The last time we heard from Johnson, who led the 49ers in receiving in 2004, he was playing for the New Orleans Saints in 2007. He said at the time that he and his wife were enjoying the city. According to TMZ, Johnson and his wife filed for divorce in February. Johnson was drafted by the 49ers in 2001 out of Yale, which means he probably knows the difference between tuna and chicken.

-- Matt 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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