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