Meet the 49ers
The Giants head out to Candlestick Park to take on the 49ers in the 2012 NFC Championship game. Get to know San Francisco's top players on offense, defense and special teams.
49ers placekicker David Akers set the single-season record for field goals made (44)and attempted (52) in 2011.
Navorro Bowman attended Penn State University and was named All-Big Ten in 2008. His roommate was fellow linebacker and current Jet Aaron Maybin.
Linebacker Ahmad Brooks' dad, Perry, played in the NFL for the Redskins. He won Super Bowl XVII with Washington, and finished his career with nine sacks. Perry died in March 2010.
Cornerback Tarell Brown broke his arm in the third quarter of the 2006 Rose Bowl, the final game of his Texas career.
Wide receiver Michael Crabtree is cousins with running back Ricky Williams. While in high school, Crabtree was ranked in the top 50 of basketball recruits in Texas.
Tight end Vernon Davis’ brother, Vontae Davis, is currently a cornerback for the Miami Dolphins.
Running back Anthony Dixon set Mississippi State’s single-season rushing record with 1,391 yards during his senior year.
Wide receiver and punt returner Ted Ginn Jr. was a standout track star in high school and won three first-place medals during his freshman year at Ohio State. Ginn decided to put his track career on hold to concentrate on football.
In November, safety Dashon Goldson was ejected in the fourth quarter of the 49ers' win against Arizona. After being blindsided on a block by Early Doucet, Goldson jumped up and exchanged punches with the wide receiver.
Frank Gore became the 49ers’ all-time leading rusher in Week 13, passing Joe Perry’s 48-year-old record of 7,344 yards. In seven seasons with San Francisco, Gore has rushed for 7,620 yards and 43 touchdowns.
Running back Kendall Hunter and Giants cornerback Aaron Ross both attended John Tyler High School in Tyler, Texas.
Ray McDonald was the second member of his family to attend college at the University of Florida. His father, Ray Sr., was a wide receiver for the team in the 1980s — Ray Jr. plays defensive tackle.
Carlos Rogers was a track star in high school, running a 10.7 in the 100-meter and a 21.0 in the 200-meter. His speed translated to the NFL combine, when the cornerback posted at 4.44 in the 40-yard dash.
Rookie linebacker Aldon Smith attended Missouri, choosing the school over Nebraska, Kansas and Kansas State. Entering college, Smith was ranked as the fifth best prospect in Missouri. He was eventually selected seventh overall in the NFL Draft.
Drafted in 2005, quarterback Alex Smith has yet to have the same offensive coordinator two seasons a row in San Francisco. The last time that happend for Smith, he was at the University of Utah.
Defensive tackle Justin Smith is a three-time Pro Bowl selection, being named to the team in 2009, 2010 and 2011. He owns a golf course in his hometown of Holts Summit, Missouri.
Donte Whitner, a safety, intercepted a Tom Brady pass in his NFL debut with the Buffalo Bills. The 2011 season is his first with San Francisco.
Kyle Williams’ father is former baseball player and current general manager of the Chicago White Sox, Kenny Williams.
Linebacker Patrick Willis, a five-time Pro Bowler, began training in mixed martial arts in the 2009 offseason with UFC Hall-of-Famer Randy Couture and MMA trainer/NFL on Fox insider Jay Glazer.