The idea of sliding a high-tech microphone into the shoulder pads of NFL players is simple. It allows the fan to hear – and, with cameras, see – that player’s on-field experience.
This out-of-body experience is the same for the player himself. At least that's the case for 49ers safety
“I saw it posted it on Twitter, and I went to 49ers.com to watch the rest of it,” Whitner said. “When I had an opportunity to go and watch it myself, I got to see something that everyone else sees, talking to other players, talking to your own teammates, showing excitement and emotion, you forget that unless you see it.
“Actually I forgot that I had it on (during the game). That’s how it is usually when you get mic’d up, you forget that you have it on. So everything was natural, everything was real, so it was pretty cool.”
Whitner, who has been “Mic’d Up” twice in his career, is seen instructing fellow safety
Those more “natural” moments? How about when Whitner tackles Packers running back Eddie Lacy, who was making his NFL debut?
“We’re going to break you in, today,” Whitner told Lacy good-naturedly in the clip.
“Everybody’s not vocal. A lot of players like to focus on their individual job to win a football game, and I’m the type of guy that I like to concentrate on my individual job, but I also like to talk to people and understand what they’re supposed to do even if they do know,” Whitner said. “I do a lot of trash-talking also, so I enjoy being vocal and that’s how I play football even when I’m not mic’d up.”
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