Brock thanked fellow 49ers secondary members
A few of the 49ers actually participated in some friendly competition as Brock and Rogers teamed up against Cox and Robinson in some bowling challenges. Both Cox and Robinson are newcomers to the 49ers, so it came as no surprise that Brock and Rogers took advantage of their “host lane advantage.”
But more importantly it was about giving back to some of the team’s supportive fans.
“We picked four fans off Twitter,” Brock said of the selection process. “We chilled with them and interacted with them. We bowled and had fun. It was a good way for me to just connect with the fans. We had a nice day out bowling and having fun.”
Brock enjoyed visiting with fans, but also made sure to keep to his competitive ways while being around teammates.
“A big highlight was when me and Carlos beat Perrish and Trenton in back-to-back in games,” Brock said while pointing out that he and Rogers were the best bowlers there.
Brown, in his third season with the 49ers, used a Twitter contest through his own @TBrock26 account to choose a few lucky fans to join him in the bowling session known as “Bowl with T-Brock.”
To enter the contest, fans sent Tweets using the hashtag, #BowlwithTBrock stating why the player should pick them.
Brock chose the bowling theme because it’s something he does a lot with close family at home in Mississippi.
The 49ers secondary members in attendance all enjoyed spending time together at the lanes. Sharing in a good time away from practice and team activities could only have strengthened the bond among the team’s defensive backs.
“We are all competing and trying to make each other better to get ready for the season,” Brock said of the dynamic among 49ers cornerbacks and safeties. “But we all get along and enjoy each other’s company.”
The event took place a day after Brock celebrated his 24th birthday, and the birthday boy was surprised when he was presented with a cake complete with a 49ers logo and candles.
The opportunity to go bowling and spend time with fans came as a welcome change of pace for the team members seeking a brief distraction from the everyday grind of training camp.
“Training camp has been challenging at times, but it’s part of football,” Brock said. “We are just out here grinding hard to continue to try to get better.”
For those who missed the chance to go bowling with Brock, he has assured fans that similar contests will continue throughout the rest of the season. “Bowl with T-Brock” was part of a broader attempt by the 49ers cornerback, who is sporting a new look having recently cut his dreadlocks off, to have a better dialogue with the fans.
Those who had the privilege of meeting Brock and other teammates on Tuesday certainly expressed their appreciation.
“It has been amazing,” contest winner Alan Netnis said. “For diehard fans like myself, you see these guys on TV, you follow them, you know anything about them. Then you are in front of them and you’re just in utter shock. I think it’s great for fans, and it just reminds you of how much you love the team.”