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Brandon Jacobs knew he could still play because the 49ers told him so

San Francisco 49ers running back Brandon Jacobs is

San Francisco 49ers running back Brandon Jacobs is seen during the second half of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams. (Dec. 2, 2012) Credit: AP

Brandon Jacobs played in only two games and took five handoffs during his season with the 49ers. But he said he knew his career wasn’t over because the very team that was keeping him on the bench was also keeping him on the roster.

“I didn’t think it was done when they didn’t want to release me,” said Jacobs, who was finally let go just before the playoffs. “I was told point blank: ‘Do I look like a fool to release you and you go play for someone else and come back and play against us? Do I look like a fool?’ I felt good about it. I was like, okay, I see you’re scared of me. But it was cool.”

Jacobs certainly didn’t act like someone who planned on playing football, though. He turned down offers he said he received from other teams and he allowed his weight to balloon to around 290 pounds. He started focusing on his post-football life. He was all but retired.

But in the last month he lost the weight and waited for the phone call he wanted to receive. The one from the 201 area code. It finally came around 1 a.m. on Monday, shortly after the Giants lost to the Cowboys.

Jacobs said last year was “a curse” and insisted that he didn’t want to talk about it. But of course he did.

“I had a great stay in San Fran,” he said. “That place was beautiful. I was cool with a lot of people on the team. I had fun, other than playing and stuff like that. It was hard for me, but it was even harder Week 6 when I got a chance to see everybody.”

That was the game the Giants came out to visit and Jacobs spent a good portion of the time following the game in the Giants’ locker room.

Today, he was back in the Giants’ locker room. This time as a member of the team.

“It feels like a dream,” he said. “I still don’t think it’s real.”


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