One of the most unheralded jobs in the NFL is that of the long snapper. Requiring a unique ability to snap the ball seven to twelve yards to either the punter or the holder, the job is highly specialized.
At the beginning of the season, special teams coach Brad Seely told McDermott he’d have an equal opportunity for the job.
“He said it would be an open competition and he kept his word, McDermott said.
McDermott was quick to praise the support and help Jennings provided while in camp. “Brian is an unbelievable long snapper and he was a great mentor to me when I first came here,” McDermott said.
The 6’4” 234 lb rookie from UCLA is 23 years old and has his hands full at Candlestick, and he knows it.
“It’s a place where the winds can effect the snap, especially for kickers. It was great being able to pick the brain of someone who’s been here his entire career and learn about the environment.”
Brian Jennings’ departing statement was as classy as he was talented.
Thanking everyone from Dr. York and Bill Walsh, to present coaches and players, Jennings was complimentary and professional.
“Currently the team is full of men who are capable of carrying on the 49ers’ tradition. I learned how to be a man as a 49er. 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’s done my entire life.”
Like good referees, it’s a job well done if you go unnoticed. It’s a name you’ll only hear if something goes terribly wrong in the worst possible situation, usually determining the outcome of a nationally televised game.
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