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49ers WR Bruce Ellington in Awe of Early Success

Posted Aug 18, 2014

The San Francisco 49ers rookie wide receiver knows he’s awake, but that hasn’t stopped his fledgling NFL experience from feeling like a dream.

Two weeks into the preseason and several 49ers rookies have shown glimpses of what they'll be able to accomplish at the next level. Niners Daily has the story on one who has been at least partially fueled by the words of a music chart-topper.

Making Waves

Bruce Ellington is still pinching himself. The San Francisco 49ers rookie wide receiver knows he’s awake, but that hasn’t stopped his fledgling NFL experience from feeling like a dream.

“Every game I step out on the field, I think, 'Wow. I'm in the NFL playing for the Niners.'” He said. “It's a blessing. God put me in a great situation and I'm happy to be here.”

If Ellington is nervous about his new reality, it certainly hasn’t shown up in his play. Through the first two preseason games, the fourth-round draft pick has caught seven passes for 59 yards while averaging 29.5 yards in four kick returns.

“(I) thought Bruce Ellington had a heck of a good game,” said Jim Harbaugh after Sunday’s contest against the Denver Broncos.

Added 49ers signal-caller Colin Kaepernick: “Bruce is making plays, he’s making catches when he has the opportunity. He’s trying to get yards after the catch and as a quarterback, that’s something you like seeing.”

Practicing daily alongside the likes of veteran wideouts Anquan Boldin and Brandon Lloyd, Ellington said he’s had “no choice but to get better.” He employs a saying from a certain rapper as words to live by in his pursuit of pro success.    

“I heard Lil Wayne say, 'Repetition is the father of learning,'” Ellington said. “So I just take that as going to practice and doing it over and over again to get better."

A King's Review

In town to cover the 49ers vs. Broncos game, Sports Illustrated's Peter King took time to tour the team's new digs. We think it's safe to say King gave the building his seal of approval.

"There are two words for the 49ers’ new Levi’s® Stadium, which opened for football Sunday afternoon: imaginative and cool," the stalwart NFL personality wrote.

"I don’t know if this is the future of stadiums. But walking around Levi’s Stadium on Sunday morning, I certainly thought it should be."

Fresh Lids 

As you've probably seen from his postgame press conferences and his public appearances at events such as the ESPYs, Colin Kaepernick isn't about that basic life when it comes to fashion. So when New Era gave him the chance to create his own 49ers hat, the quarterback jumped at the opportunity.

"I wanted to design something that I'd actually wear, not just something off the wall," he said. "I wanted it to be simple, but with a little edge to it."

Inside the 49ers team store at Levi’s® Stadium, there's a giant, football-shaped hat dispenser, which holds 3,600 caps. Check it out if you want a taste of the more outside-the-box lids. 

The Vault

The 49ers caps over the years have evolved quite a bit as fashion trends came and went. Here's a look back at the team's draft day head gear.

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