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Things You (Probably) Should Know about 49ers RB Carlos Hyde

Enjoy some of the most memorable images of the San Francisco 49ers running back from his two seasons in the Bay Area.

As the San Francisco 49ers approach the 2016 season, #Niners365 will do the Faithful a solid by providing unique details on some of the top personalities on the squad.

We begin this "(Probably) Should Know" blog series with a self-described "handsome" runner, who flexes in the end zone, represents "THE" Big Ten Conference and has a "#FriendshipGoals" relationship with his french bulldog.

You'll be seeing lots of him in 2016, so let's get to the pillars of what makes the third-year running back unique off the field and a legit force for the Niners on it.

Here's what you (probably) should know about Niners running back Pierre Garçon...

... You probably should know that "El Guapo" is his nickname.

The story behind the moniker goes a little something like this: Hyde saw the phrase (translated in Spanish to "The Handsome One") in a article from his days as a standout at Ohio State. Hyde went on to change all of his social media accounts to include "El Guapo."

Most Niner fans know about the nickname. In fact, they love it.


... You probably should know that "Max" is his road dog, for real.

Hyde's Twitter header image is a picture of his French bulldog, Max. The two are inseparable. Hyde would probably lobby Chip Kelly to let Max join a Niners huddle if he could.


Hyde proudly posts pics of his pup on Twitter and Snapchat.

... You probably should know that his spin-move touchdown run was the Niners best offensive play in 2015.

It was also one of the top single-game performances by any San Francisco player last season. In his first career start, Hyde produced 168 rushing yards and two touchdowns. The first of which, a 10-yard score, saw the second-year back rush to his right the instinctively spin away from a Minnesota Vikings defender and darting back around the left side of the field for the first touchdown in a 20-3, Week 1 home victory on "Monday Night Football."

Hyde's big day was more than purely a spin-cycle carry. He produced the most rushing yards by a running back making his first start with an NFL team since 1970. Wow. Hyde won FedEx Ground Player of the Week honors and also became the first Niners 'back with 100 or more rushing yards and two or more touchdowns in a Week 1 game since Garrison Hearst rushed for 187 yards and two scores against the New York Jets on Sept. 6, 1998.

So what does a breakout performance like that get a player like Hyde?

... You probably should know that his signature end-zone celebration looks a little something like this:


Hyde flashes a pair of tattoos with each end-zone celebration. Inside his right biceps reads the phrase "committment," and his left biceps reads, "sacrifice."

And his Twitter bio lets you know all about his favorite pastime in his preferred location.


... You probably should know that he's healing nicely from last season's foot injury.Cue the Instagram workout video with teammates Bruce Ellington and DeAndrew White:

Hyde, a native of Naples, Fla., has been training in Miami with teammates. In these workouts, Hyde showcased his explosive lower-body movements. It's a great sign considering that Hyde missed nine games last season due to a left foot injury, which required an offseason procedure.

Hyde's progress was emphasized by general manager Trent Baalke during last February's annual NFL Scouting Combine. ... You probably should know that Chip Kelly is eager to work with Hyde.

Count the new head coach as another member of Hyde's fan club.

Hyde's familiarity in a zone-read offense dates back to his time working with coach Urban Meyer at Ohio State.

Hence, Kelly's "fun to work with" comment makes a ton of sense. The Niners new leader has a runner who can execute his offense on Day 1.... You probably should know that he is one of the best Buckeyes to ever play in Columbus, Ohio.

Archie Grffin. Eddie George. Maurice Clarett. Beanie Wells. Robert Smith. And so on, and so on.

Hyde did things on the field that surpassed the best runners in Ohio State's proud history. Hyde crushed it from 2010-13. The 6-foot runner carried the ball 523 times for 3,198 rushing yards and scored 37 times on the ground. According to his Buckeye bio, Hyde owns the best yards per carry average for a career (6.1), single season (7.3 in 2013) and game (10.2 vs. Illinois in 2013) in school history.

Hyde still proudly reps "THE" Ohio State, and he's been a big mentor to one of this year's best draft prospects, Ezekiel Elliot.

... You probably should know that he has an Adidas plug.

While everyone struggles to cop the hard-to-get Yeezy boosts or NMD sneaker models, Hyde has no issues whatsoever.

As a sponsored athlete for the three-striped brand, Hyde proudly rocks Adidas swag around the Niners locker room. Hyde often wears international soccer jerseys, and he even put on some Yeezys while levitating at Facebook HQ.

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... You probably should know that his Florida ties run deep.

Carlos Hyde is a man of his word. When the San Francisco 49ers rookie running back scored his first NFL touchdown in a 28-17 victory over the Dallas Cowboys, Hyde knew exactly what to do with the prized football.

"I gave it to my grandmother," Hyde said.

Hyde lived with his maternal grandmother, Irma Butler, during his high school years in Naples, Fla.

The 49ers running back was raised in Cincinnati, but ultimately moved to Florida for his final three years of high school. Hyde helped his Naples High School team win a state championship.

Hyde's first NFL touchdown ball was just a minor token of appreciation towards his grandmother.

"She didn't think I was going to give it to her," Hyde said. "I don't know why. She texted me like, 'Hey, when you score your first touchdown, I want the game ball or the touchdown ball.'

"I told her, 'I got you.'"


Hyde also had his No. 34 high school football jersey retired in Naples High School's Hall of Fame on June 16, 2015.

... You probably should know that he is much, much taller than The Weeknd.

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... You probably should know he's considered to be one of the most sought-after running backs in fantasy football this year.

... You probably should know that he's quite the angler.

H/T to Bleacher Report for uncovering Hyde's off-the-field hobby of choice.

... You probably should know that he took care of business last Mother's Day.

My gift to my mom for Mother's Day! #HappyMothersDayMa #ILoveYou #NewCar

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... You probably should know that he eats lunch like a regular dude.

... You probably should know that he can make a free throw if needed.

**... You probably should know that the Niners were his first job.


... You probably should know that he's a man of the people.

"Can you sign my jersey please" #faithful #28

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For seriousness...

... You probably should know that he loves San Francisco.

But who doesn't?

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