Registered the most TD recepts. (5) by a member of the 49ers in their rookie season since RB Jimmy Thomas registered 5 TD recepts. in 1969, and tied for the 2nd-most by a rookie in franchise history.
Registered the 9th-most rec. yds. (467) in franchise history among rookies.
Pettis, while a standout football player in his own right, has many interests off the field, including playing the guitar and ukelele, literature and photography. If he wasn’t playing football, Pettis says that he would be taking wildlife photos for a publication such as National Geographic.
Pettis and his teammates joined Levi’s in support of breast, colon and pediatric cancer warriors at the Crucial Catch Fashion Show presented by Dignity Health on October 2, 2018. 49ers players and cancer warriors took to the runway to show off their attire and share their stories of strength and courage with the audience.
Pettis’ father, Gary, earned five Gold Glove awards in 11 seasons in the MLB with the California Angels, Detroit Tigers, Texas Rangers and San Diego Padres. Gary Pettis launched his coaching career after retiring from the game in 1992 and is currently the third base coach of the Houston Astros. Growing up, Dante regularly followed his father to the ballpark, plastic bat and glove in hand. Dante again had the opportunity to follow his dad and join for pregame warmups when the 49ers traveled to Houston for a preseason contest. Only this time, Dante grabbed a bat himself and took part in the team’s batting practice, knocking a handful of home runs into the seats at Minute Maid Park while his father watched.
NFL players had the opportunity to participate in the NFL’s annual My Cause, My Cleats campaign during a designated home game between Weeks 13-15 of 2018. Pettis and his teammates represented their respective causes with custom-designed cleats in an effort to raise awareness and funding. DrawBridge provides free art programs for homeless and other underserved children in the Bay Area.
The 49ers partnered with CASSY (Counseling and Support Services for Youth) for a mental health awareness event at Monroe Middle School (Campbell, CA) on December 18, 2018. Pettis and his teammates joined the 6th, 7th and 8th grade students who were pre-identified as having mental health struggles, and held group discussions centered on managing stress and destigmatizing mental health matters.
Pettis and his fellow rookies participated in the annual 49ers Mentorship Academy on September 18, 2018. The Mentorship Academy, partnering with USA Football, is a three-step program designed to provide high school football players with the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to succeed and be leaders on and off the field. The rookie class invited the high schoolers to the team facility, where they shared opinions and lessons over a meal and fun competitions.