49ers kicker Scaccia signs with Arena League


49ers kicker Scaccia signs with Arena League

April 14, 2011MAIOCCO ARCHIVE49ERS PAGE 49ERS VIDEOMatt MaioccoCSNBayArea.comStrong-legged kicker Fabrizio Scaccia, who finished the season on the practice squad, signed a futures contract with the 49ers in January.His contract with the 49ers does not technically begin until the new league year. And the new league year does not begin until the NFL's labor situation is settled.Therefore, Scaccia is free to play professional football elsewhere. And that is what he is doing.Scaccia, who played the 2010 season with the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League, re-signed with the Rattlers this week, the AFL announced. Following the NFL lockout, players were allowed to sign with another league, though their NFL team still owns each player's NFL rights, AFL spokesman Evan Vladem said."We looked into it and saw it was allowed," Scaccia said in an article posted on the AFL's official website.
There are three other NFL players who have signed contracts in the AFL: receivers Rod Windsor (Cleveland Browns) and Troy Bergeron (Dallas Cowboys), and offensive lineman Cliff Louis (Arizona Cardinals)."Windsor did it first," Scaccia said. "I did a little more investigating. I talked to my family and I see nothing but positives in joining the league."Scaccia and Windsor both returned to play for the Rattlers after being teammates last season. The players are required to report to their NFL teams when the lockout ends, Vladem said. The AFL is in Week 6 of their 18-game regular season. The Arena Bowl, the league championship, is scheduled for Aug. 12.Scaccia also played last fall with the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League, where he and Windsor were also teammates.In the UFL, Scaccia tied a league record with a 54-yard field goal. He is best-known for kicking a 68-yard field goal in a 2009 Florida minor-league game. It is believed to be the longest made field goal without use of a tee in the history of organized football.Veteran Joe Nedney, 38, whose past two seasons have ended with injuries, is expected to have his first challenge for the 49ers' kicking job after six seasons with the organization.

49ers wide receiver Pierre Garçon handed hefty fine


49ers wide receiver Pierre Garçon handed hefty fine

The NFL fined 49ers wide receiver Pierre Garçon $24,309 for unnecessary roughness in last week’s game against Washington.

Garçon, who was not penalized on the play, lowered his helmet and struck Washington safety Montae Nicholson at the end of an 8-yard pass reception in the second quarter.

In 2013, the NFL passed a rule that bans the ball carrier from initiating contact with the crown of his helmet in the open field.

Nicholson’s helmet flew off and he remained on the ground for a couple of minutes. He was evaluated for a possible concussion and shoulder injury. However, Nicholson was cleared and he returned to action.

After the play, Garçon and Washington safety D.J. Swearinger exchanged words, and Swearinger took a swipe at Garçon’s facemask. Swearinger was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct.

The NFL fined Swearinger $9,115 for unnecessary roughness.

Ronnie Lott: Chance to show Dwight Clark how much we care


Ronnie Lott: Chance to show Dwight Clark how much we care

SANTA CLARA – In less than a year since a group of former 49ers players came together to form the Golden Heart Fund, the non-profit organization has provided valuable assistance.

“We’ve made some progress with the idea of knowing there are some people in need, so we’ve been able to make some grants to some of the ex-Niners,” Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott told NBC Sports Bay Area.

“We’ve been able to respond. This is more about us being able to give guys the ability to know they can have, as (former 49ers linebacker and Golden Heart Fund board member) Ron Ferrari says, a hand up not a hand out.”

The organization is in the midst of a fund-raising drive this week in conjunction with "Dwight Clark Day" on Sunday. The 49ers face the Dallas Cowboys at Levi’s Stadium, and Clark will be the guest of honor. More than 35 players from the 49ers' first Super Bowl championship team are expected to be in attendance.

Clark played nine seasons for the 49ers and provided the most memorable play in franchise history with “The Catch” against Dallas in the 1981 NFC Championship game, which propelled the organization to its first Super Bowl. Clark served as a front-office executive for a decade after his playing days.

In March, Clark announced he was diagnosed with ALS. He is scheduled to attend Sunday’s game and make some remarks at halftime from a suite.

“It’s unbelievable we are having an opportunity to celebrate an incredible day for this gentleman,” Lott said. “We can all say there was a moment in time in which we stood on his shoulders after making that catch. Now, we get a chance to lift him up a little bit and let him know how much we all care.”

Lott said Clark has been a champion of the Golden Heart Fund from its inception. Past and current 49ers ownership has supported the organization, which provides financial support for former 49ers players in times of physical, emotional and financial need.

“It’s the spirit of Dwight,” Lott said. “It’s more about the funds going in through his efforts. He’s paying it forward.”

--The public can made a direct contribution to the fund at GoldenHeartFund.org.

--Proceeds from the 50/50 raffle at Sunday’s game will benefit the Golden Heart Fund.

--Twenty-five percent of proceeds from the sales of Dwight Clark apparel purchased on game day will go to the fund.

--Half of all proceeds from admission to the 49ers Museum at Levi’s Stadium throughout the year will go to the charity.

-- On Sunday, Nov. 19, Levi’s Stadium and race grand marshal Roger Craig will host the first Golden Heart 4.9K Run with all proceeds from the event going to the Golden Heart Fund. Runners can register GoldenHeartRun.com.