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Jimmie Ward Proving Critics Wrong, Ten Teams Bidding on Flowers, Crabtree Holds Camp

Posted Jun 16, 2014

The story of Jimmie Ward is that of an underdog. Now the 49ers first overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, out of high school Ward struggled to find a Division I school willing to sign him.

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>>The story of Jimmie Ward is that of an underdog. The current first round pick struggled to find a Division I school willing to sign him out of high school. Ward's teammates at Northern Illinois, the only school that would offer a scholarship to the undersized defensive back, were unimpressed by his small stature. Former teammate and defensive end George Rainey sized up Ward upon his arrival. “You’re not about to play, dude,” Rainey said. “You’re not even big enough.” After four years of watching Ward play, Rainey now happily admits his misconception. Now entering the first season of his professional career, Ward continues to prove the doubters wrong.

>>10 teams are interested in the services of recently cut pro bowl cornerback Brandon Flowers and the 49ers are not listed as one of them. Flower-puns don’t appear to be in our future.

>>On Saturday, wide receiver Michael Crabtree held his second annual football camp in Dallas, Texas. 49ers Studios was there to cover all things Crabtree. (Much more to come.)



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