The 49ers had their third OTA workout available to the media Tuesday afternoon at the SAP Performance Complex in Santa Clara next to the new Levi’s Stadium.
Rookie cornerback Kenneth Acker from SMU is trying to learn as much as quickly as possible.
“Everyone is working just as hard so I have to take it as a competition. Veteran CB Tramaine Brock has been a big help with technique and the little things,” Acker said.
“As time goes on, it slows down. When we first got here everything, new environment and all, went so fast. It’s getting better,” Acker said.
Quarterbacks Kaepernick, Blaine Gabbert, Kory Faulkner and McLeod Bethel-Thompson all threw routes to receivers on various short routes.
On Monday, 49ers players attended a SF Make-a-Wish fundraiser yesterday taking over Patxi’s Pizza on Zanker Road in San Jose. Making pizzas and serving customers, LS Kevin McDermott, LB Chris Borland and NT Ian Williams delighted patrons for the afternoon on a first-come-first-served basis. All tips and 20% of the sales for the night went to the Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation.
A busy past few days for the 49ers also saw Coach Jim Harbaugh use last weeks’ D-Day memorial celebration as an inspiration for his team.
Beginning April 26th, Army Captain, Mike Viti, to honor legacy of heroes who gave their lives to the “War on Terror”, started walking 7100 kilometers to the Army-Navy game in Baltimore on Dec 13th.
At the invite of coach Harbaugh, Viti visited the 49ers’ camp last week to remember and honor the memories of the veterans who have helped keep our country free. “The best team is “Team America,” Viti said.
Harbaugh invited Viti to address the rookies after hearing about the cause through coach Donatell, whose daughter is married to one of Viti’s team.
For the project, Viti and his team visit families of fallen soldiers offering support and comfort reminding them they’re not alone.
“The Gold Star Families are the center of the project,” Viti said. “They’re the inspiration.”
“Our players watched with total silence. There’s a great respect our players have for the military and what they do for us on a daily basis. It’s a great honor to have him here.” Harbaugh said.
When asked about the prospect of playing in the new Levi’s Stadium, “The Stadium will be an exciting thing for the players. They’re going to have a renewed energy when they get to play in there for the first time.” Harbaugh said.
More than likely matched only by the amount of inspiration they had after listening to Captain Mike Viti last week.