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Marlon Moore Signs Close to Home

Posted Mar 19, 2013

Sacramento native, Marlon Moore had many reasons to sign with the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday.

Marlon Moore, a Sacramento native, had many reasons to sign with the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday.

Moore, 25, wasn’t tendered by the Miami Dolphins and decided to look around for a new opportunity.

When the 49ers brought in the 6-foot, 190-pound wide receiver and special teams contributor in for a visit, Moore couldn’t help but enjoy the familiar surroundings.

“It’s a beautiful place, I’m just happy to be back home,” the former undrafted free agent told 49ers.com moments after signing a one-year contract. “I love being back on the West Coast and I’m looking forward to doing work with the 49ers.”

Moore spent three seasons with the Dolphins. He appeared in 29 games (two starts) and totaled 12 receptions for 244 yards and two touchdowns. The two starts came in 2012, the same year Moore averaged 19.3 yards per catch (six receptions) and returned two kickoffs for 51 yards.

The speedy receiver was also featured prominently last training camp on HBO’s popular “Hard Knocks” series.

Moore has been known to deliver hard hits of his own as a special teams gunner for the Dolphins.

Being a part of San Francisco’s revered special teams units while contributing to an emerging receiving corps was too good of an opportunity to pass up.

From a distance, Moore enjoyed the energy exhibited by the 49ers special teams units. He also saw it first-hand in a regular season loss at Candlestick Park.

“Just watching those guys on kickoff and kickoff return, huddle up and bounce around with each other enjoying the game and not stress, that was a beautiful thing and something I wanted to be a part of,” said Moore, who starred at Natomas High School and later at Fresno State University.

Moore was a college teammate of 49ers offensive lineman Kenny Wiggins and finished his career as a Bulldog with 90 catches for 1,374 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Familiarity with the 49ers roster was one of many selling points for Moore to join the 49ers.

More importantly, he liked the winning culture he witnessed first-hand in his Tuesday visit.

“The fact that the program really has a history and the fact that the program is all about winning,” said Moore of his main reasons of signing. “Coming from Miami we were all about winning, but sometimes we couldn’t get the job done.

“Coming here and seeing the camaraderie the team have and how the players have fun on gameday, it just intrigued me.”

Moore is coming to the 49ers with an open mind and an eagerness to contribute in any form or fashion.

“I’m ready to come here and be a 49er,” he said. “Whatever Coach Harbaugh needs me to do, I’ll do it.”

Moore prides himself on being fast and physical, two traits commonly found up and down the 49ers roster.

“I’m a speed guy,” Moore said. “I can down the field and get the ball and at the same time on special teams, I’ll go out and hit you.

“My goal is to come here and do anything and everything possible to help this team win.”

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