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December 4, 2012
Dobbs: 'I thank God for looking out for me that night'


Demarcus Dobbs said today he wouldn't let his Friday morning arrest "define the person I am, who I am or what I stand for." Dobbs was arrested at 3:45 a.m. for suspicion of DUI and for possession of marijuana after crashing his car into a chain-link fence in Santa Clara. Dobbs was the only person in the car and was not hurt.

Dobbs, who has a big role on the 49ers' special teams, called the incident a "wake-up call." He did not travel with the team to St. Louis.

"I feel like the situation could have been a lot worse than it was, and I thank God for looking out for me that night," he said. "It's definitely a wake-up call, and definitely a situation to learn from. ... The only thing I can do is deal with the consequence, deal with them justly and move forward."

"I appreciate all the support that I've had from my friend, my family and my fans," he said. "It's very out-of-character for what happened. I made a dumb mistake, a dumb decision. I take full responsibility for it. Going forward, I can guarantee it won't happen again. It's not like me. I never had any problems before at all. It's just a dumb decision that I take full responsibility for."

Dobbs, who turned 25 on Friday, has not had any other incidents, and one 49ers official said the team was shocked that Dobbs had gotten in trouble considering his straight-laced background. Jim Harbaugh said Monday he thought Dobbs would play Sunday against the Dolphins.

Dobbs is both a backup defensive end and a backup tight end. He's the only 49er who plays on every unit of the special teams, and he admitted it was difficult to watch Sunday's game on television.

"Letting them down, and having such a vital role on the team, it was very hard to sit back and watch that happen," he said.

- 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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