49ers Blog and Q&A

News, notes and reader questions about the San Francisco 49ers

August 31, 2013
Brian Jennings: "honorably discharged from the team I love"

jenn.jpg

Before we get to the nicely-done parting words of Brian Jennings, here's a quick indication of how long he's been with the 49ers:

* Jennings was teammates with Jerry Rice
* He was drafted by then-general manager Bill Walsh
* He saw the team go from a playoff team in 2001 to the league's worst team in 2004 to a Super Bowl team in 2012.
* He was in the same draft class as Giovanni Carmazzi

Here's a statement from Jennings:

"Today, I feel as though I've been honorably discharged from the team I love.

First, I'd like to thank the York family. Dr. York, Denise, Jed, Tony, Jenna and Mara.. You have blessed my life, God Bless you.

I'd like to thank the men who brought me to the team and trusted me to contribute: Bill Walsh, Jon McVay, and Bill McPherson.

To the various coaches that I played for - thank you. Specifically, the first staff lead by head coach Steve Mariucci, it was that group that taught me how to be a pro.

In addition, I'd like to thank this most recent staff, led by coach Jim Harbaugh, who has returned the 49ers to playing dominate football. I love this game and these men are true football men.

I'd like to thank my teammates who are my brothers, and heroes. Some of them who had the greatest influence on me and my closest friends include:

Ray Brown, Garrison Hearst, Derrick Deese, Ken Norton Jr., Jeff Garcia, Derek Smith, Jon Engelberger, Jeff Ulbrich, Julian Peterson, Eric Johnson, Terry Jackson, Brandon Lloyd, Frank Gore, Mike Robison, Joe Nedney, Andy Lee, and Vernon Davis.

Currently the team is full of men who are more than capable of not only carrying on a tradition of winning but bringing Championships back to the 49ers.

In a very real way I learned to be a man as a 49er. Molded through the preparation and performance of game day. Completely tested while on and off the field this team, game, and group of men made me who I am today.

God has blessed me, protected me, and guided my path. Now, as I move on, I have faith that God will continue to do for me what He has done my entire life.

God Bless you and God bless the San Francisco 49ers."

-- 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.

FOLLOW US | Get more from sacbee.com | Follow us on Twitter | Become a fan on Facebook | Get news in your inbox | View our mobile versions | e-edition: Print edition online | What our bloggers are saying

Categories


November 2013

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
          1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30

Monthly Archives


Ask a question

Please use the form below to submit your question. Because there is a 100-word limit for questions, a word counter is located directly beneath the box where you enter the your question.

Name:
City:
 State:
E-mail:

49ers Question:

Your letter contains of 100 words allowed.  Count words


Your IP Address has been recorded as 152.52.255.247 and will be included with this submission.